On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since Of Mutts And Men – in the digital edition, meaning Kindle, NookBook, iTunes, etc. – is on sale for the entire month of June for $2.99! $2.99! $2.99! – we’ll go with it. Of Mutts And Men is a novel in the Chet and Bernie series (readable in any order!) and $2.99 can be found under the couch cushions. Here’s how it starts:

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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4 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:25 am on June 4th, 2023


    I love that one of Chet’s best things is “enjoying with all his heart.” :^)

    A beautiful Sunday morning in this neck of the woods.

    Good day to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:57 am on June 4th, 2023

    Good day to all.

  3. mlaiuppa
    4:26 pm on June 4th, 2023

    Sweet! I had some credits so it only cost me $1.97. I’m slowly adding the Kindle versions and I’m up to 7 books now. Plus all of the e-short stories.

    Today is International Corgi Day. Do you think the RNG knew that when Thumper came up?

    It is also National Hug Your Cat Day although I am not so sure how cats feel about hugs. I know Diana pawPrints loves them, can’t get enough of them, never long enough.

    It is also National Cheese day. Unfortunately I have eaten all of my cheese. Except for grilled. Perhaps I will have a grilled cheese sandwich.

    It is also MY day. National Old Maids Day. Not sure I care for that but I also do not like Spinster. Both imply something lacking or in the negative. I chose my path as an independent woman and I am proud of my accomplishments.

  4. Midland
    9:11 pm on June 7th, 2023

    This is just an awesome entry!

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