Sunday is for beginnings, when we take a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since Short Tails, the new Chet and Bernie short story collection, comes out on Tuesday, how about we go with the start of one of those stories, The Iggy Papers?

“Well lookie here,” said Nixon Panero, the best car repair dude in the whole Valley, reaching deep into the engine of the Porsche, not the old one that had gone off a cliff or the older one that got blown up, but the oldest – meaning our new one – with the cool martini glasses on the fenders, a beautiful touch added by Rui, Nixon’s paint guy who happened to be a real artist, trained by Andy Warhol, whoever he happened
to be. Or possibly someone who’d met Andy in lock-up, if I had the story straight. Nixon was also our buddy, although he’d been a perp at one time, a perp we’d collared and sent up the river, collaring perps being what we do at the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie. It’s called the Little Detective Agency because Bernie’s last name is Little. I myself get along very well without a last name. Call me Chet, pure and simple. The river, by the way, has no water in it. Water’s a problem out here, hard to understand since all our golf courses – and we’ve got them out the ying yang – are nice and green. It’s all about the aquifer, Bernie says, and once I’d seen the aquifer with my own eyes, nothing but a tiny puddle way down at the bottom of a deep construction site, which was when I knew he was right. The lesson? Bernie is always the smartest human in the room. Just remember that and you’ll be OK.


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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:21 am on June 26th, 2022

    We remember it Chet!

    Good day to all.

  2. BooBear’s Mom
    2:21 pm on June 26th, 2022

    Good afternoon, all!
    Here’s Toady trying to stay cool in the 100+ weather. He’s about 75% buried in the dirt. I guess that answers the question of why the soil is always loose in the little pot

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:07 pm on June 26th, 2022


    I never forget that, Chet! :^)

    It is very hot here too! I guess Toady has the right idea!

    Good Sunday to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    3:25 pm on June 26th, 2022

    Good day to everyone!
    Hotter than snot here for another day. Perhaps some rain this early afternoon.
    If not today, maybe tomorrow afternoon. At least the sun isn’t shining brightly.
    Listening to Chet, we think that Bernie is the smartest human in the area.

  5. dawson
    4:48 pm on June 26th, 2022

    I don’t know if anything is pure and simple anymore, except Chet!

    I am freezing! We’ve been having thunderstorms for a few days but soon we will have the hot weather you southerners brag about. For now, I’ll have my nap under a heating pad. I could be gardening but I’m taking a day off. I’ll regret it later.

  6. mlaiuppa
    8:14 pm on June 26th, 2022

    I hope Toady’s pot is getting an occasional water.

    It’s hot here, for me, but probably temperate for others. High was 84 today and will be 85 tomorrow, then start to drop. Should reach the 70s by Friday. I got the bedroom down to 76.5 last night by leaving the windows open but closed them this morning and it’s crept up to 83 now. Outside temp is now 79 so windows come open to repeat the process.

    I do love Chet’s stream of consciousness. It is so very like a dog.

    I just earned $3 more for my e-book purchases from Amazon so I am all set for the release of Short Tails. Tuesday. Two more days. GAAAAAHHHHH!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on June 26th, 2022

    Baseball!…We here are watching todays game the Card vs Cubs…snort!…Tied now at 5 ta 5 in the 5th!…heh!…I always find that interesting when numbers line up that way!…chuffle!

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