Beginnings

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here from 2011 – #27, THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, 4th in the Chet and Bernie series. (Note – the picture of Chet on the cover represents the publisher taking a rather experimental approach.)

[“Outstanding….Quinn (suspense novelist Peter Abrahams) manages to sell the conceit of a literate canine narrator by dint of intelligent writing and on-the-mark pacing and tone.”

–“Publishers Weekly” (starred review)]

Was I proud of Bernie or what?

True, he’d been pretty nervous going into this gig. I can always tell when Bernie’s nervous – which hardly ever happens, and never when we’re in action – because his smell sharpens a bit, although it’s still the best human smell there is, apples, bourbon, salt and pepper; but now, up on the stage, he was doing great.

“Which, um,” he was saying, “reminds me of a joke. “Sort of. Maybe not a joke,” he went on, turning a page, “more like a – “ and at that moment the whole wad of papers somehow jumped out of his hands, all the pages gliding down in different directions. He bent and started gathering them up. That gave me a chance, sitting a few rows back, to recoy or recon – or something like that – the joint, always important in our line of work, as Bernie often said.

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19 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:30 am on July 29th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. What a great beginning! Love C&B’s relationship. Happy Beginnings and Chetspeak and Egg Day. Enjoy this last Sunday in July.
    Hard to believe that July is almost over.

  2. B.Stover
    9:31 am on July 29th, 2018

    Chet is making me laugh…as usual!

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:17 am on July 29th, 2018

    Greetings!

    Chet is making me laugh too! The cover of TDWKTM is my favorite!

    Create a good day!

  4. BearSpiritDog
    10:28 am on July 29th, 2018

    Bernie couldn’t have a better Partner than Chet! He always sees the best in him.
    Yes, that Cover was quite Controversial as I recall.

    Rio: What a Mess to Clean Up! Wonder what happened.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    10:39 am on July 29th, 2018

    The pup tent fiasco was certainly a mess but we cannot imagine cleaning bike seats up in Buffalo near LouLou.

  6. ALR
    11:37 am on July 29th, 2018

    I have been reminded by Herd of Hounds that I have not posted in ages! SOoooo, along comes the perfect day to add a comment. They key word to bring me in was Beginnings. I have said this before, but that never stopped me from saying things again, that the way I met up with Chet and Bernie was the big display in my favorite bookstore that announced Dog On It as first in a series! Hooray! That meant there would not be one of those sad scenes at the end of the book and readers could end with a smile instead of tears. Long live Chet and Bernie!

  7. BearSpiritDog
    11:43 am on July 29th, 2018

    ALR! How Nice to Hear From You!

  8. Diane sargent
    3:34 pm on July 29th, 2018

    When will the next Bernie & Chet book be coming out.
    Scents & Sensibility wasn’t the. end of the series, was it ?
    No !

  9. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:49 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Greetings!

    ALR, so nice to hear from you!

    Thinking of LouLou and Rio on National Chicken Wing Day! I wonder if there is a National Vat o’ Beer Day… :^)

  10. BearSpiritDog
    4:08 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Diane: Heart of Barkness is next!

  11. Mary
    5:10 pm on July 29th, 2018

    So looking forward to reading the Heart of Barkiness!

    In the mean time, can anyone reccommend any good books?

  12. Mary
    5:12 pm on July 29th, 2018

    I wonder if the Theives had anything to do with the pup tent massacre?

  13. Hobbitz
    6:59 pm on July 29th, 2018

    So glad to hear from ALR! I’ve missed her.
    Housework continues to evade me.
    Mr. Big continues his eating/sleeping/eating cycle.
    Sadie and I are continuing to enjoy our walks. When I get back from Russia on August 19, summer will be ending and winter will be around the corner. All too soon our walks will be both harder and shorter –and I will worry about her re- injuring her leg. Boo. And Brr.

  14. BooBear
    7:49 pm on July 29th, 2018

    DianeS, the release date of the new Chet and Bernie has not been mentioned but at least we know it is coming!

    Busy weekend! And HOT!

  15. Staff
    9:08 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Hi all,

    I have been sort of busy and distacted lately. I spent last Wednesday and Thursday painting the upstairs room of the new garage. It is now a creamy white that the paint company calls Pearl but that I call French Vanilla. It is the same color as the pale hair under Alice M. Johnson’s chin.

    The work on the garage has been made more interesting and difficult because we have been without running water since Friday the 13th.

    Yes. 16 days!

    First I ran the well dry by leaving the water on. Mr Staff was trying to discourage the Richardson’s Ground Squirrel that has taken up residence in the garden by putting the hose down one of the holes. I was not told about this. I thought the hose was still hooked up to the sprinkler and when I didn’t see any sprinkling I didn’t worry about the water.

    First mistake.

    Then Mr.Staff went off to a Bluegrass Festival and I went to town and the hose ran and ran. I got home about 4 and the pump was running and running but I expected the Mister back soon. He got back about 7:30. Anyway I burned out the pump. So although the well refilled we had to get a new pump.

    Did I mention it was Friday?

    Mr Staff started digging the well out over the weekend.
    The plumber (Vern) came on Tuesday afternoon and worked to fix it but after he left the pump still wouldn’t turn off. So Mr. went down and unplugged it. The next day it seemed to work so he left it on overnight and halfway through the night it came back on and ran and ran and ran. There went pump number two.

    Then Vern called and he had to take his wife to the hospital in Fargo with a racing heart so it would be a few more days. She was most important of course. He said his other workers would come out in a few days with another new pump.

    I can’t remember when they came with pump number three. It is starting to be a blur. But they put it in and it was working but we were losing water. And when it lost water the pump would run and run.

    Anyway I talked to some people and they said the Check Valve or the Foot valve are probably leaking.

    So when Vern brought his wife back from the hospital (Her heart slowed down to normal) he came and put in a check valve right under the pump. Then, when it still leaked, he came in Monday morning and put in a Foot valve.

    So then it was working fine except when I turned on the water in the claw foot tub the surge blew out the faucet and it lost some “special part” and the only way to stop that water from spurting out was to turn out all the water to the house.

    That cured the spurting water and Vern came the next morning and told us that “special part” was crucial and so now we had to buy a wall mounted claw foot tub faucet which was a special order. He called to order it and went home about noon.

    Later that afternoon we got a call from his boss that when Vern went home at noon he found his wife had passed away.

    The funeral was yesterday.

    We are told the part should come in on Monday.

    It is a long long sad story.

  16. Hobbitz
    9:58 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Staff: what a sad story. It sounds like you had good people helping you and I am so sorry hard-working Vern found his wife had died while he was on the job. There are times when life is very hard.

  17. Staff
    10:46 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Vern and his wife, Diane, were Mayville Plumbing for many years. He and his brother Bernell (cool name eh?) were the plumbers and Diane was the office. He sold the business about 6 years ago but was still working for the new guys. People who know them better than I do say that it is going to be very hard for him. But I expect that is the case whenever you lose a life partner.

  18. ALR
    11:10 pm on July 29th, 2018

    Wow! So nice to have been missed and welcomed back! I hereby promise not to stray off to that “other place” without checking on this great group of friends first!

    And then so sad to read the post from Staff. May Vern be carried by his friends as long as he needs it and then walk on this path without his wife and be able to look back on their good times.

  19. ALR
    11:18 pm on July 29th, 2018

    And oh! I am so looking forward to The Heart of Barkness!

    And oh! Another thing, you may remember I am a Yellowstone fan and we went there this year in early June and met family there. The biggest thing that happened is that my great nephew and I saw a woman tossed and slightly gored by a bison. “How awful!” you may say…..but she deserved it. That sounds cruel, but there are signs everywhere to keep away from bison, and this bison was looking to cross the boardwalk she was on. Instead of backing away she came up close to his head and reached out to him! THEN I read online days later that she told a news reporter the bison charged her from 15 feet away. Not true. Other than that the park was it’s fascinating self!

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