On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker (oh, no, “moniker” again). In the Chet and Bernie series, Chet makes more than one reference to the Teitelbaum divorce, “a nightmare.” You may not know that there’s an e-short story all about that case – TAIL OF VENGEANCE. (There are 5 C&B short stories, including UPPER STORY, which can be had free as part of the preorder campaign for HEART OF BARKNESS. Search this site for Heart of Barkness promo” to see how to do it.) Here’s the beginning of TAIL OF VENGEANCE:

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.”

We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.


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12 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:07 am on May 19th, 2019

    Good morning everyone. Glad OFA posted.
    That Beginnings has so many classic C&B lines, we are ROFL.
    Super Sunday to all.

  2. B.Stover
    9:19 am on May 19th, 2019

    Love that beginning. (And I’m glad the blog is back up.)

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:49 am on May 19th, 2019


    I am relieved to see Chet’s blog back up and running!

    Today’s beginning is making me want to go back and read all the e-short stories again.

    Good day to all!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Art!…I sure love that Cover-Art!…snort!…One of my favorites!…wheeze!

  5. Thieves!
    9:12 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Found! Our small but powerful search and rescue party located OFA. We will let Rio tell the tale. Yeep!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Search!…The Search and Rescue for OFA ended quietly, sort of, at his desk where he was sleeping. I assume he had been working on his next book…snuffle!..Unfortunately I did not get a good look at the book he was working on because the Thieves thru a cold thermos of beer in his face to wake him up…wheeze!…It splashed back on his lap-top screen and there was a weird sound. Not from the computer but from him!! …Yeeeep!…We all hit the road and got back home asap. So When I saw that our Author had indeed posted today, I was relieved. Reason 1. The Thieves hadn’t drowned him. Reason 2. His computer was still working just fine….snort!…All in all a very good Rescue Attempt in my opinion…snort!heh!heh!

  7. Thieves!
    10:07 pm on May 19th, 2019

    And! Lucky for us, Wookie was driving the getaway Beausmobile. Every good search and rescue requires a getaway driver. Speaking of that, Maury do you think referring to future misdeeds could be passed off as a search and rescue mission?

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Getaway!…That was the most exciting part of the S&R…snort!…We had all those topped off thermoses of beer and Wookie brought Hot Wings!…yes!…The Beaus Mobile never smelt so good!..heh!burp!heh!

  9. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:13 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Sneeze!…I am not approving of dis way of using my car….sniff!…So it’s out of hock now???…eh!heh!…Good to know!…sneeze!

  10. Thieves!
    10:14 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Too bad Beau made us take it through the car wash. Boy we be mad when we arrived back on This Side of the Bridge. He was even more mad when he found out we took the Beausmobile through the car wash with the top down.

  11. Thieves!
    10:15 pm on May 19th, 2019

    Beau: It’s possible we’ve been springing the Beausmobile out of hock for, er, charitable purposes, and then returning it to hock like it never happened.

  12. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:29 pm on May 19th, 2019


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