On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about Heart of Barkness, the most recent Chet and Bernie? The paperback publication has been moved from June to August on account of the current situation. But of course it’s available in hardcover, digital, and audio formats, in case waiting for the paperback is too bothersome.

“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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3 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    12:44 pm on April 26th, 2020

    One of my favorite beginnings.

    Good afternoon all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:20 pm on April 26th, 2020


    It is hard for me to pick a favorite C&B beginning, because I think they are all great!

    Good afternoon to all!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on April 26th, 2020

    Series!…I wish I had not re-read them this past winter or I would read them again…grunt!….Reading another favorite series as you all know…snorkel!…Hope everyone is healthy and doing things to stay sane….snuffle!

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