Beginnings (More)

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here from 2011 – #25, TO FETCH A THIEF, third in the Chet and Bernie series. Chet faces a big challenge: how to come to terms with Peanut the elephant – a character he often thinks about in later stories.

[“Terrific. . . . Quinn radiates pure comedic genius via Chet’s doggy bright narrative. You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy this deliciously addictive series.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)]

“I smell trouble,” Bernie said.

Better stop right there. Not that I doubt Bernie. The truth is I believe everything he says. And he has a nice big nose for a human. But what’s that saying? Not much.

It’s a fact that trouble has a smell – human trouble especially, sour and penetrating – but Bernie had never smelled trouble before, or if so he hadn’t mentioned it, and Bernie mentioned all kinds of things to me. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie, Bernie’s last name being Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.


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10 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 am on July 8th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. TFAT is our favorite C&B book.
    Happy Beginnings and Chetspeak and Egg Day and Sunday.
    Enjoy today.

  2. B.Stover
    9:13 am on July 8th, 2018

    I love that beginning.

    Like Rio, I’m wondering where everyone is lately.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:20 am on July 8th, 2018


    Love this beginning!

    Yesterday, I had a dentist appointment. What was supposed to be the start of having two crowns made turned into my having to have one (and possibly two), root canals before the crowns can be made. I am not happy about this…

    Good day to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    11:56 am on July 8th, 2018

    Oh, Wose, what a pain in the mouth 😖. Hope it goes well.

  5. Thieves!
    12:02 pm on July 8th, 2018

    We can’t speak for the rest of youse, but we have been in Mother Jail since the Fourth of July. Maybe Mother has more cells that we are aware in which case it is possible that that is where everyone else is. Mother let us out early on account of bad behavior.

  6. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    2:24 pm on July 8th, 2018

    Rio. Sorry for the occasional absences, but my semi-retirement notwithstanding, I seem to have acquired a new set of clients with enough issues that I will probably be supplied with sufficient Slim Jims as payments for many years to come. I am also mastering the intricacies of Alaska criminal procedure and bail requirements; it definitely comes in handy dealing with my new clients.

  7. Hobbitz
    7:51 pm on July 8th, 2018

    W&T’s Paw: ha ha. You are going to be busier with your new Alaska than when you were working full-time.
    I spent way too much time putting together this rolling 7-drawer filing stand. It is a part of my never-ending quest for organization. I have one large screw left over. What are the chances of the manufacturer generously including an extra one?

  8. Herd of Hounds
    8:20 pm on July 8th, 2018

    CHOBBITZ, extra screw? Sounds like assembling a carburetor with a former spouse. Always one left.

  9. wose-The Small and Meek
    9:05 pm on July 8th, 2018

    C.Hobbitz: I like your filing stand.

    HOH: Thanks for the kind words. I think the bigger pain is going to be in my wallet… :^(

  10. Thieves!
    11:57 pm on July 8th, 2018

    W&Ts Paw: We were dialing back our antics—-all of which we were framed—-until you retired. Now that you have extra time on your paws, we will ramp up our A game. What a relief. This being well behaved is very time consuming.

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