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 2015 – #34, SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY, most recent in the Chet and Bernie series – which can be read in any order (see Bureau of Imagination Regulation section 18, subsection 22). HEART OF BARKNESS comes July 2.

[“Light-hearted, humor-filled…the ending of this book is especially touching. Most readers will want to read it over (and maybe over yet again, to be sure they are understanding it). It’s beautifully written and very emotional.” (]

Home at last! We’d been away so long, first in swampy country, then in a big city – maybe called Foggy Bottom – that confused me from the get-go. Is there time to mention the air in both those places before we really get started? Soggy and heavy: that sums it up.

Where were we? Was it possibly … home? Yes! Home! Home at last! Our home – mine and Bernie’s – is on Mesquite Road. Mesquite Road’s in the Valley. Quite recently I might have heard that the Valley’s in Arizona, but don’t count on that. What matters is that right now I was inhaling a nice big noseful of Valley air. Light and dry, with a hint of greasewood and just plain grease: perfect. I felt tip top. Bernie opened our door, kicked aside a huge pile of mail, and we went in.


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25 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:04 am on October 14th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. We love Sunday with Beginnings and Chetspeak and Egg Day and the weekend. All of the C&B are worth rereading. We are up to our favorite, TFAT (To Fetch a Thief). Love Chet’s relationship with Peanut.
    Have a great day.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:48 am on October 14th, 2018


    All the C&B beginnings remind me how much I love each and every book in the series!

    Grizz and I did not win the Powerball…Maybe be have the winning ticket for Tuesday’s Mega Millions.

    I hate to say this, but I am hoping the Red Sox can win this series and go on to play in the WS.

    Good day to all!

  3. B.Stover
    10:33 am on October 14th, 2018

    I’m going to reread S and S before July 7 when the new C&B comes out.

    Good morning all.

  4. B.Stover
    10:47 am on October 14th, 2018

    Rio: You can get curd cheese (farmers cheese) at Amazon. It comes in packets.

  5. Masquers
    10:52 am on October 14th, 2018

    That’s an excellent idea, B. It will be a seamless transition into the continuation of the story.

    Have a good Sunday everyone. It looks to be a nice day here.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    1:09 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Thanks to HRH B we can always find what we need.

    Rio: Your Friend might want to heck this out too…a Homemade Recipe:

  7. Herd of Hounds
    1:13 pm on October 14th, 2018

    BSD, wow we found that site and wanted to post it but saw you had it. Thanks.

  8. BearSpiritDog
    3:51 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Hounds: Great Minds and all that.

    CHobbitz: How’s that Paw?

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Cheese!….It sounds like Farmers Cheese is a lot like Dry Cottage Cheese. …snort!…I wonder if Amazon sells both. Will have to check on that at some point…yup!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    4:52 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Googled It!…”Dry-curd cottage cheese, also known as farmer cheese or baker’s cheese, is the solid portion, or curds, that remain after milk has been cultured and slowly heated. It used to be sold in most supermarkets, but is getting harder to find.”…They got that right!..snort!

  11. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:51 pm on October 14th, 2018

    RIO! Back when I was just a pup and worked in the supermarket deli, it sold farmers cheese. It was loaf shaped. I had never heard of it until then.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Testing!…1, 2…testing!…grump!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Lost!…My whole last post where I rambled on about Farmers Cheese has been gobbled up…grupple!…I swear! I need to start saving my post before I post it and it gets lost…grrr!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Cares!…No one cares anyway, so I will leave it lost…sniff!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:32 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Baseball!…We are watching those Red Sox vs those Astros….snort!…Sox are only up by 1 in the bottom of the 1st…grunt!

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Score!…The score is now 2 ta 2 in the top of the 2nd…heh!heh!…I love that score!…snort!

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Monster!….The Green Monster has eaten one of the Astros players….yeeep!gurgle!

  18. Wee Nigel
    9:16 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Monster? No one mentioned monsters when I decided to become a baseball fan. I may need to rethink this life decision.

  19. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Wee!…It’s not a living Monster…so to speak. It is the Big Green Wall at Fenway Park. Towering and Awesome. It has been the demise of many a player…snort!

  20. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Game!…This game is very very close….oops!…Well the Sox just scored again so now it is a 2 run game…grump!..I hope Mookie Betts ate a lot of dirt on that play…grrrr!burp!

  21. Wee Nigel
    10:07 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Rio: Thank you for clarifying. It is important for a chap to know about monsters when picking a sport.

  22. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Wee!…All you need to know is do NOT root for the Red Sox…snort! …I will send you the next 9 baseball commandments later. But for now, that is all you need to know…wheeze!

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Series!…Tied at 1 ta 1 = 2…snort!…So the Astros and Red Sox will continue to battle it out this week!…yeeek!

  24. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Goodnight!…Youse All!…chorkel!

  25. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on October 14th, 2018

    Wait!…Avatar – What?

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