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 this is the last Sunday of 2019 and Heart of Barkness came out this year, now about some Chet and Bernie?

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once. Rick opened the passenger-side door of the black-and-white. I hopped in, sat up nice and tall, totally alert, ready for anything. Was my tongue hanging out? Possibly. I got most of it stuffed back in. We have standards, me and Bernie, just one of the reasons that the Little Detective Agency is so successful, except for the finances part. It’s called the Little Detective Agency on account of Bernie’s last name being Little, but we’re equal partners, Bernie handling the gunplay and the so-therefores and me bringing other things to the table. Maybe we’ll get to my teeth a little later.



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8 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:49 am on December 29th, 2019


    I love this beginning, especially knowing that Chet will be reunited with Bernie!

    It is hard to believe 2019 is almost over!

    Good day to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:09 am on December 29th, 2019

    Great beginning.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    5:39 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Guess who got a new raincoat for Christmas?

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:13 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Football!…Play-offs!…snort!…Beau is in Heaven, litterly!…chuffle!..Pass the popcorn and that mug of beer. We are gearing up to watch Seattle (go Nana!) and the 49ers…snort!burp!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Rain Gear!….Nice Teddy. But now you will be out in bad weather all the time!…yeeep!

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:23 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Teddy RR: You look quite stylish!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Rose!…He is a Weather-Proof Teddy!…snort!snort!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on December 29th, 2019

    Except!…For his big fluffy tail…hehehehe!

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