On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Today, since I had a glass of wine last night and wine is important in Of Mutts And Men, let’s uncork a copy of that. Of Mutts And Men is a novel in the Chet and Bernie series (readable in any order!) now available in many formats – hard cover, paperback, digital, audio, large print.

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

Chasing down perps is what we do, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name. I’m Chet, pure and simple. When it comes to chasing down perps, rooftop chasing is what you might call a specialty within a specialty, if you see what I mean. And if you don’t then … then actually I’m right there with you. The point is that rooftop chases don’t happen often, so when they do you’ve got to enjoy them with all your heart. No problem. Enjoying with all my heart is one of my best things, right up there with leaping and grabbing perps by the pant leg.

There are two kinds of perps who get involved in rooftop chases. The first kind – and most perps are the first kind – realize pretty quick that it’s game over unless you’re up for doing something daring, and they’re all dared out by that time: you can see it in their eyes. The second kind of perp believes somewhere deep down that he can fly. What we had on this particular warehouse rooftop in the most rundown section of South Pedroia, which is the most rundown part of the whole Valley, was the second kind of perp.


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8 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:14 am on January 22nd, 2023

    Good morning everyone!

  2. B. Stover
    10:55 am on January 22nd, 2023

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    12:44 pm on January 22nd, 2023


    I really like the audio book cover!

    Good Sunday to all!

  4. Thieves!
    2:09 pm on January 22nd, 2023

    Rio: We’re not saying that Howie planned to stay with you and Friend for the long haul, but we are saying we found notes in the Howie Book of Master Plans that read:

    Tell Thieves! I want Rio for protege.
    Teach Rio how to pug.
    Rio to teach me how to be evil pug.
    Book long stay in Mother Jail.
    Forward mail.

    There were also notes about ordering large vat of nachos next time and trying to keep from getting cheese in her fur.

    When we showed Luna The Howie Book of Master Plans she chuckled, snorted more like. According to Luna, we now understand it’s not so easy looking after lovable miscreants. And, according to us, we told Luna it’s not hard at all. You let the lovable miscreant do as they please, assume they will call for bail and beam with pride when they start to get caught less and less. We found that all the worrying before, during and after is a distraction from the beaming with pride part, so we just skip to the end. And, according to Beau, we are not allowed to write a book on parenting no matter how many times we suggest it and, “For the love of all that is hot wings, Genesis 1, verse 1!”

  5. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:24 pm on January 22nd, 2023

    Yeeeep!…I am flubbergusted…gasp!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on January 22nd, 2023

    Vat!…The large “vat o’nachos” is interesting….burp!..Maybe tha will come true…wheeze!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:37 pm on January 22nd, 2023

    Alone!….As usual Beau and I are Alone out here…grunt!…This is getting so annoying that we can no longer stand it…sniff!

  8. Thieves!
    2:27 am on January 23rd, 2023

    Rio: Youse are not alone. We have been working to secure a large vat o’ nachos for Howie’s return visit. Unlike most of our, er, finds that, er, fall out of the back of trucks, vats o’ nachos are surprising hard to find.

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