On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of all the Peter Abrahams books including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™ – mostly so we can use that word! Moniker! How about Thereby Hangs A Tail today? It’s second in the Chet and Bernie series, but the series can be read in any order. For example, let’s say you wanted to start with the latest, It’s A Wonderful Woof? Who’s going to stop you?

The perp looked around – what nasty little eyes he had! – and saw there was nowhere to go. We were in some kind of warehouse, big and shadowy, with a few grimy high-up windows and tall stacks of machine parts. I couldn’t remember how the warehouse fit in, exactly, or even what the whole case was all about; only knew beyond a doubt, from those nasty eyes and that sour end-of-the-line smell, a bit like those kosher pickles Bernie had with his BLT’s – I’d tried one; once was enough for the kosher pickles, although I always had time for a BLT – that this guy was the perp. I lunged forward and grabbed him by the pantleg. Case closed.


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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:03 am on April 24th, 2022


    I’m with you on the kosher pickles and BLT Chet! :^)

    If I had a dog, I might name him Moniker…I like it!

    Create a good day!

  2. MrsMac
    10:29 am on April 24th, 2022

    This was my first Chet & Bernie book. Little did I know I’d fall in love with the characters, and eventually own the entire series.

    I do love good kosher pickles, but not on my BLT. “Case closed.”

  3. B. Stover
    10:42 am on April 24th, 2022

    I agree with Chet.

    Good day to all.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    11:27 am on April 24th, 2022

    Good day to everyone.
    The Herd of Hounds took a vote and we’re with Chet.

  5. dawson
    3:41 pm on April 24th, 2022

    99% of the time I agree with Chet. That said, I do love a good kosher pickle.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on April 24th, 2022

    Pickles!…My friend loves them but I do not…burp!…I like cookies!!…snort!

  7. mlaiuppa
    12:54 am on April 25th, 2022

    I agree with Chet about the pickles, Kosher or not.

    I love a good BLT but only when I make my own I like my bread a good tan and my bacon practically burnt. I don’t like fat so I’ve been buying Canadian bacon and nuking it to small brown discs. About four per slice with a nice slab of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and just enough mayo on both slices of toast to keep it moist. Best eaten when the toast and bacon are still hot and the lettuce and tomato are still cold.

    For some reason neither Freyja or Diana seem to be really thrilled with bacon. At least not the bacon-flavored treats. The last time I gave Freyja a pig ear she had an unfortunate accident in the wee small hours of the morning so we shall not be repeating that. They are both off pork in any way, shape or form and I am fine with that. They are actually very partial to Milk Bones but are willing to eat chicken jerky, beef jerky and dehydrated liver and beef lung. Also bully sticks. Very big on bully sticks.

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