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 not a novel today, but a short story, namely The Iggy Papers, which will come free to all who preorder Of Mutts and Men, the next Chet and Bernie novel (pub date 7/7, which is when The Iggy Papers will be emailed to you)? It starts like so:

“Well lookie here,” said Nixon Panero, the best car repair dude in the whole Valley, reaching deep into the engine of the Porsche, not the old one that had gone off a cliff or the older one that got blown up, but the oldest – meaning our new one – with the cool martini glasses on the fenders, a beautiful touch added by Rui, Nixon’s paint guy who happened to be a real artist, trained by Andy Warhol, whoever he happened to be. Or possibly someone who’d met Andy in lock-up, if I had the story straight. Nixon was also our buddy, although he’d been a perp at one time, a perp we’d collared and sent up the river, collaring perps being what we do at the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie. It’s called the Little Detective Agency because Bernie’s last name is Little. I myself get along very well without a last name. Call me Chet, pure and simple. The river, by the way, has no water in it. Water’s a problem out here, hard to understand since all our golf courses – and we’ve got them out the ying yang – are nice and green. It’s all about the aquifer, Bernie says, and once I’d seen the aquifer with my own eyes, nothing but a tiny puddle way down at the bottom of a deep construction site, which was when I knew he was right. The lesson? Bernie is always the smartest human in the room. Just remember that and you’ll be OK.




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12 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:50 am on May 3rd, 2020

    Wonder what Nixon finds in the engine.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:16 am on May 3rd, 2020


    Very good question, HRH,B! I guess we will find out sometime in June or July.

    Another nice spring day in this neck of the woods.

    Make it a good day!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:04 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Snort!…To Stover and Rose!… Rose, quick like a cuddly little bear, run and check your SDD….wheeze!

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:25 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    On behalf of Friend, I am posting this photo of her latest critter. It is really cute!

  5. Wookie's and Teddy' s Paw
    4:37 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Two letters mailed off today, one to the Storyteller and the other to Our Honored Veteran.

    Yesterday, there was a flyover event over the major hospitals here in the DC area, including two nearby in Maryland, by the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds, culminating with a flyover at the National Mall in DC. We couldn’t see the planes from where we live but we certainly could hear them roar. It was a tribute to the medical professionals and other first responders . The last time we had a flyover event the three of us were on the Mall visiting a lot of the Monuments with the Storyteller and Golinka; that was to express gratitude for veterans who had served this country. It was May 2015 and the occasion was the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Teddy thought it was particularly memorable to be there with the Storyteller.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Wookies Paw!…What a great story and what great memories…sniffle!

    Panda!…That panda was made with black wool yarn all the way from Iceland…yeeep!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:00 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    W’s & T’s Paw: Such special days and memories!

    RIO! Love it! Did your Friend find it any more or less difficult to work with the Icelandic wool than regular wool?

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:05 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Rose!…Since my friend has never crocheted with wool it would be hard to say…grunt!…The yarn has a different texture but once she got used to it it was just fine. She has one more skein of it left…snort!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:07 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Itchy!…I myself found it itchy when I was all tangled up in it there for a while. I soon learned to stay off of her lap while the Icelandic yarn, as you call it, was in play…grunt!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Wookies Paw!…Have youse guys ever seen the PBS series called “The Durrells in Corfu”?…sniff!…We here have only seen the last couple of episodes but they were so good that my friend has ordered the whole series on Netflix…snort!…This is a true story and the lives of these people as they grew up even beyond the show is truly amazing…chuffle!…

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Gerald!… I have since watched a show on their lives after Corfu. I found out the young one of the group, Gerald, grew up to be a naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter in Britain…snort!… To me after watching just a few episodes I found this very interesting!…snorkel!…He loved all animals very much…sniff!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on May 3rd, 2020

    Sigh!…I hope I am not alone tonight…I really do not want to be alone out here tonight…snuffle!

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