Beginnings + Sneak Peek

On Sundays we do beginnings – the first paragraph or two from a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. For one thing, this gives us a chance to trot out the word moniker, a strange one of uncertain derivation. Today’s beginning is also a sneak peek. Paws vs. Claws, the second in the middle grade Queenie and Arthur series, comes out Sept. 17. Here’s how it starts:

“Bad news, pussycat,” said Bertha. “No cream today.”

No cream today? Had I heard right? Well, that’s not a real question. Of course I’d heard right. My hearing is as good as it gets. Everything about me is as good as it gets. My looks, for example, are off the charts. I’m a thing of beauty from my gold-flecked button nose to the tip of my snowy tail. And my eyes! I’ll make this simple: When you gaze into them, you never want to stop. That’s happened to me so often—in fact, every time I come upon a mirror.

There are no mirrors in our kitchen, here at the Blackberry Hill Inn. I prefer rooms with mirrors but I make an exception for the kitchen. Every morning when I wake up I take an elegant little stretch—very different from the clumsy stretches of a certain other party who inhabits this place and whom you’ll probably meet later, nothing I can do about it—and I glide down off the top of the grandfather clock in the front hall and make my way here, where Bertha, the cook, is standing by to serve me fresh cream in a pretty china saucer, white with a gold border. This saucer is known to everyone as Queenie’s saucer. I’m Queenie, in case you haven’t guessed. I hope I’m not going too fast, although if I am, don’t expect me to do anything about it.


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11 Responses to “Beginnings + Sneak Peek”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:20 pm on September 8th, 2019


    I am laughing at the “Paws vs. Claws” beginning!

    Cats do stretch elegantly…

    Good afternoon to all!

  2. BooBear
    7:43 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Happy Sunday, friends. B., hope you are feeling tip-top now. Mom and her sister sorting DVDs/blue ray movies today. Trying to eliminate duplicates and get rid of the ones they will never watch again. They really have very different taste in movies so there weren’t a lot of duplicates.

  3. BooBear
    7:44 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Queenie is my hero (almost up there in Chet territory).

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Stover!…GASP!!…I hope youse are not in any distress….sniff!…Please know that we here are very worrit about you and hope all is tip-top with your health….sniffle!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Queenie!… Is growing on me…little by little…snorkel! … She is a force to be reckoned with…grunt!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:34 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Title!….That Title sounds familiar. I’m sure one of the Blog Family members suggested it…heh!heh!

  7. Thieves!
    10:12 pm on September 8th, 2019

    If OFA ever does a spin-off involving our littermate Ole Doc, we suggest the title: Brother vs. Mother. It seems Ole Doc calculated the height to wind to trampoline to spotter to Ole Doc ratio correctly, because last night he made it onto Mother’s big bed. We’re not sure if it was the catching her by surprise or if it was the middle of the night arrival that got Mother riled up, but we are sure Luna left here in a hurry when Ole Doc used his one phone call to call her. After a couple of calls to W&Ts Paw—it quickly became clear that Mother didn’t consider sticking the landing a qualification for special consideration—the charges were reduced to blurring without a license and reckless endangerment of a trampoline.

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on September 8th, 2019

    Ole!…Youse got of easy…grunt!…Mother must have been groggy…sniff!

  9. Ole Doc
    10:25 pm on September 8th, 2019

    I retain the same legal team as the Thieves! Maury is worth his weight in Slim Jims.

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on September 8th, 2019


    Deeds!…My friend and I took a big ole basket of beautiful tomatoes to the Senior Center today. A friend of my friend gave us a tour and for 5000.00 dollars a month one could get a two room apartment all to theirselves….yeeep!

    Healthy!…My friend has decided she needs to stay healthy because she cannot afford to get old and decrepit….yeeep!!

  11. Ole Doc
    12:33 am on September 9th, 2019

    Rio: My Lady says I was born old so I never minded being old. It afforded me an Ole in front of my name and nicknames like that don’t get handed out willy nilly. The decrepit part, I could have done without.

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