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. Now we’re onto the short stories. There are 4 Chet and Bernie short stories, all available digitally. The third is TAIL OF VENGEANCE, also known as the Teitelbaum Case, an episode in their career which Chet recalls more than once in the series, and always with horror. And for newcomers – the C&B series can be read in any order, no problem. If you want to start with the next one (HEART OF BARKNESS, coming July 2), feel free!

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.” We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.



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22 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Masquers
    8:22 am on November 25th, 2018

    Loved Tail of Vengeance and all the eStories and can’t wait for Heart Of Barkness!

    A big congrats to BooBear’s mom on her retirement.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:37 am on November 25th, 2018


    Good morning, Masquers! What you said about the eStories and the new C&B! :^)

    BooBear: Congratulations to your mom on her retirement! May it be a happy and healthy one!

    Good day to all!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:38 am on November 25th, 2018

    Mornin’ Masquers and all.
    We second what Masquers said.
    BYW happy BooBear day…again .

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:55 am on November 25th, 2018

    My new favorite television commercial…

  5. B.Stover
    11:00 am on November 25th, 2018

    I love that “beginning” and the title of the story.

    Good morning all.

  6. BooBear
    1:19 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Wose! Loved that commercial!
    Good morning/afternoon, folks,

  7. BooBear
    1:22 pm on November 25th, 2018

    ALR, Mom is also worried about missing her friends, especially since she is moving away. But, she will be able to come visit! And in these days of electronic communications, it is much easier to keep in touch.

  8. BooBear
    1:26 pm on November 25th, 2018

    On a panic note, Mom will be far away from Murder by the Book, the bookstore OFA often comes to visit and sign books. I don’t believe Dallas is on his regular schedule for visiting. Another reason to come back to the Houston area for a visit.

  9. Herd of Hounds
    1:56 pm on November 25th, 2018

    BooBear, find a reasonable and clean “inn” or motel so you can go back to Houston for book signings. Make sure it is pet friendly if you wish to include a cat or twelve.

  10. Hobbitz
    3:51 pm on November 25th, 2018
  11. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:34 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Hobbitz: LOL! :^)

  12. Mary
    4:46 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Congratulations to Boo Bear’s mom! Retirement is wonderful!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Joke!….I resemble that joke…grunt!snort!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Leftovers!….snort!….Has everyone ate all their left-overs yet?….grunt!…Sadly this year the turkey gravy is very bad so there has been no hot turkey sandwiches…grump!…I think there will never be another turkey dinner at Thanksgiving for quite a while. My friend says not until someone leaves will there be another dinner….sniff!…I hope it’s not ME!ME!ME!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Damn!…My little FitBit’s battery is dead again…grump!…Now I won’t know how many steps I’ve taken from the couch to the first shrub I see in the backyard and back again…grunt! Bummer!

  16. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:29 pm on November 25th, 2018

    RIO! Grizz and I are still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers. I am laughing at your post about your Fitbit and your steps.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    8:41 pm on November 25th, 2018

    We went out for turkey dinner so not a lot of ‘tovers BUT mom is doing a quick and dirty dinner tomorrow . She is baking 2 turkey tenderloins with herbed stuffing and mashed potatoes. This is to substitute for leftovers.

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on November 25th, 2018

    Vote!….They here have taken a vote and there will be NO Turkey Left-Overs or even a dinner here next year…sob!sob!sob!…Seems someone finally woke up to the extensive work involved and the Cost…and the fact she(mother) can’t really cook anything good anymore….wuffle!…And my friend says she is not willing to foot the whole expense and “WORK” of a Thanksgiving Meal for ungrateful people either….sniff!…So next year we are going to a lovely Hotel and having a lovely dinner without those people…chuffle!…I am sure I am going too. I’m just sure of it…wheeze!

  19. Nancy A. Drew
    11:42 pm on November 25th, 2018

    ACK! I have the hiccups.
    We still have plenty of leftovers. The gravy is holding out and although it was only an 11.5 pound turkey there are only two of us and so we will probably have it for two more days.
    Then I will finish off the turkey soup. I have the broth and the turkey in the fridge waiting for a little more inspiration before I work on finishing it.

  20. Staff
    11:45 pm on November 25th, 2018

    ?Hmmmm. I wonder why my name is defauting onto the blog

  21. Hobbitz
    12:29 am on November 26th, 2018

    Rio: your friend has been a saint these last few years cooking and cooking and dealing with unpleasant/ungrateful people. Good for her for putting her foot down. So…what is the plan for Christmas dinner?

    My sister made 98% of the Thanksgiving dinner and bought the ingredients. The deal was that I would buy all the ingredients for our mother’s fruitcake recipe that hasn’t been made in 15 years. I was feeling sorry for my sister until I started buying the ingredients for fruitcake. Yikes! Expensive. I bought a tin of the spice, Mace, for $9.69 as the recipe needed 1/8 t.

    My sister asked me to make yam-marshmellow casserole dish. I finished it off at my sister’s. It was to broil for 5 minutes. I had noticed that her rack was a lot closer to the broiler than in my oven and yep it caught on fire and the smoke alarms went off. I took it out the door, lifted off the burnt marshmellows leaving plenty of creamy marshmellows intact. However, only a couple of people ate a serving out of duty. My sister had two other potato dishes so I don’t know why she had me make a third. After the fire incident, I probably will be asked to bring sparkling cider and napkins in the future. Fine with me.

  22. ALR
    11:56 am on November 26th, 2018

    Who knew!! Staff is my favorite heroine from years back, the unflappable, unforgettable Nancy Drew! Mystery solved!

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