On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. As a kind of a shout out to the very entertaining Indian Wells tennis tournament, which concludes today, let’s do a book where tennis plays a role. There are a few, including The Tutor, Lights Out, A Perfect Crime, and – coming next summer! Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge. And there’s this one, Thereby Hangs A Tail:

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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6 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:27 am on March 19th, 2023


    Chet, I am with you on the pickles!

    I like this cover version of THAT.

    Good Sunday to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:28 am on March 19th, 2023

    Good day to all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    11:31 am on March 19th, 2023

    Good day to all! I always enjoy beginnings because it makes my somewhat Skippy memory remember things.We really enjoyed there by hangs a tail. And all of the other C&B books.

  4. BooBear’s Mom
    2:33 pm on March 19th, 2023

    Good afternoon, friends! I have decided I need to reread the entire series to refresh my memory. And to appreciate how OFA has developed the characters, especially Chet!!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:00 pm on March 19th, 2023

    BooBear’s Mom: An excellent plan IMHO! :^) I will have to do that soon myself.

  6. Mlaiuppa
    6:08 pm on March 19th, 2023

    Agree with Chet on most things including pickles and BLTs. I make mine with Canadian bacon and nuke it in the microwave until it is crispy. Regular bacon is too fatty for me.

    In anticipation….Thursday is National Puppy Day.

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