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 paperback, which normally would have been published before Of Mutts and Men, the most  recent Chet and Bernie, got moved from June to August 4 – this Tuesday! – on account of the current situation. In case you’re wondering, the C&B series can be read in any order!

“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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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:33 am on August 2nd, 2020

    Good morning Chet and all.

  2. dawson
    1:24 pm on August 2nd, 2020

    A Chet and Bernie reunion coming up.

    Congratulations to Sophie with the fabulous ears, the dainty white tail, and the soulful eyes. A female Iggy, methinks.

    Good morning HRH B and all. We’ve finally got a hot and sunny day here. I’m off for a bike ride before the real heat shows up.

  3. BooBear
    1:50 pm on August 2nd, 2020

    Mom smiled reading that beginning. It was a long suspenseful wait from the end of the previous book and that beginning.

  4. BooBear
    1:51 pm on August 2nd, 2020

    Good afternoon and happy Sunday, all!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:03 pm on August 2nd, 2020


    A very good Sunday to all!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on August 2nd, 2020

    Here!…We’ve been busy outside watering things. My friend with her hose and nozzle me with my own equipment…snort!…It has been a very lovely coolish day compared to those days in July…wheeze!…So outside is where we have been doing what needs to be done…snorkel!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on August 2nd, 2020

    Reading!…Today we did not get our noses into the new book at all!!..snuff!…But reading the Beginnings at the top there, I feel like I do not remember the last book at all…grunt!….How can that be I ask youse???…gasp!…I may have to re-read it after this new one (which is quite excellent and so very funny!)…heh!heh!

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