Sunday is when we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since yesterday we mentioned Gussie Fink-Nottle’s speech at Market Snodsbury Grammar School in P.G. Wodehouse’s Right, Ho Jeeves, how about today we try The Dog Who Knew Too Much, an in media res beginning where Bernie is giving the keynote speech to the Great Western Private Eye Association? It would be dishonest to say Gussie wasn’t in the back of my mind:

Was I proud of Bernie or what?

True, he’d been pretty nervous going into this gig. I can always tell when Bernie’s nervous – which hardly ever happens, and never when we’re in action – because his smell sharpens a bit, although it’s still the best human smell there is, apples, bourbon, salt and pepper; but now, up on the stage, he was doing great.

“Which, um,” he was saying, “reminds me of a joke. “Sort of. Maybe not a joke,” he went on, turning a page, “more like a – “ and at that moment the whole wad of papers somehow jumped out of his hands, all the pages gliding down in different directions.



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3 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:09 am on October 10th, 2021


    Poor Bernie, I feel your pain. Public speaking isn’t my thing either. Love the cover of “TDWKTM.” My favorite cover along with “Santa 365.”

    Good day to all!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    10:13 am on October 10th, 2021

    Good morning everyone!
    Understand Bernie’s nervousness about speaking in public. Give mom a script and let her become a character and she can do almost anything but not speak.
    Met a GSD who was in training yesterday to become a guide dog. He reminded me of Chet since he was all black but didn’t have a white ear. He was only six months old but already upright alert and professional.

  3. B. Stover
    11:30 am on October 10th, 2021

    Gussie is “under the influence” during his speech.

    Good day to all.

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