On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of all the Peter Abrahams books including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker – mostly so we can use that word! Moniker! How about Thereby Hangs A Tail today? It’s second in the Chet and Bernie series, but the series can be read in any order. For example, let’s say you wanted to start with Of Mutts and Men, the most recent? Who’s going to stop you? That’s the spirit!

The perp looked around – what nasty little eyes he had! – and saw there was nowhere to go. We were in some kind of warehouse, big and shadowy, with a few grimy high-up windows and tall stacks of machine parts. I couldn’t remember how the warehouse fit in, exactly, or even what the whole case was all about; only knew beyond a doubt, from those nasty eyes and that sour end-of-the-line smell, a bit like those kosher pickles Bernie had with his BLT’s – I’d tried one; once was enough for the kosher pickles, although I always had time for a BLT – that this guy was the perp. I lunged forward and grabbed him by the pantleg. Case closed.


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9 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 am on January 17th, 2021

    We love the Hawaiian print shirt on the cover.
    Super Sunday to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:58 am on January 17th, 2021

    Love the way Chet’s mind works.

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:02 pm on January 17th, 2021


    I love it when Chet grabs a pantleg!

    Good Sunday to all!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:36 pm on January 17th, 2021

    BLTz!….snort!…Inspiration for tonight’s supper so I hear…yes!…Bacon!BACON!…heh!heh!…Chet is the Dawg!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:42 pm on January 17th, 2021

    Rose!…Good news!…snorkel!…My friend had to go to Walmart today so she picked up another bag of Polyfill. If youse don’t know, and I do, this is the stuff she stuffs her yarn dawgs full of…wuffle!…So now she can continue to finish her 2+2 dawg team…snort!…She started sewing together the first one. She sewed the body ta the head and then the left arm…grunt!…Then she was not interested…sneeze!…Maybe tomorrow will be a better sewing day…(doubt it!)…grunt!…If she had a partner who loved to sew things together the output would be amazing…heh!heh!

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:15 pm on January 17th, 2021

    RIO! There is nothing better than bacon! I do not like my bacon well done…I like it soft and chewy. I wish I was your neighbor, then your Friend could teach me how to crochet my own dawg team.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:18 pm on January 17th, 2021

    Rose!…I wish you were my neighbor too! Then you and I could snuggle in your big chair and I wouldn’t have to do what Mother wants me to do…all the time!…blast!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on January 17th, 2021

    Breakfast!…As supper! What is better than that I ask youse??…snort!…We had pancakes, the thin kind with a little sugar in them, and bacon! and eggs and syrup!…yum!smack!…Nothing better than that I tell ya! And I got my fair share too!…lick!lick!lick!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on January 17th, 2021

    Rose!…If you really want to learn how to crochet use YouTubie. That’s what my friend did. This is the best way because if youse start with the very beginning crochet lessens they teach you by videoing themselves looking down at what they are crocheting….snort!…This is so helpful in learning the stitches and wotnots…heh!..And youse can stop rewind, stop, rewind.. just like my friend did…chorkel!

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