Book Launch Event: A Fistful of Collars

Spencer Quinn will be at Titcomb’s Bookshop on Cape Cod this Sunday at 3 PM and copies of A Fistful of Collars will be available 2 days before pub date but keep this a secret. He will answer any and all questions except for tough ones. Here are all the details.

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68 Responses to “Book Launch Event: A Fistful of Collars”

  1. B.Stover
    9:28 am on September 6th, 2012

    What if you run out of copies Spence?

    Good morning all.

  2. dawson
    9:40 am on September 6th, 2012

    A secret!
    I must go tell my friends…

    Top of the morning, B.Stover.

  3. Melanie
    9:44 am on September 6th, 2012

    Good Morning B.Stover. I think I need a personal helicopter so I can get to some of these readings around here. Driving just takes too long.

    Good Luck Macie’s Mom. Twenty extra children in one class. Shudder. AND a teacher who really isn’t in charge but is micromanaging. Wonderful. Hope you are heard by the Powers That Be.

    Wölfie, Found the car for your mom. Now I just have to find it again.

  4. Melanie
    9:48 am on September 6th, 2012

    Hi Dawson! How’s it going for you? I constantly repeat myself. Oh, and how’s it going with you?

    Wölfie, The truck that will keep your mom safe and it repels zombies. You never know . . .

  5. B.Stover
    10:18 am on September 6th, 2012

    Dawson you are making me laugh.

    Melanie: That “car” is indeed the answer.

  6. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:34 am on September 6th, 2012

    Secret!…My friend says I can’t keep a secret. She says I blab way too much stuff about her business on this here blog so from now on I am cut off from blabbing…grunt!

  7. Rose
    10:45 am on September 6th, 2012

    Greetings All!

    Rio, my pug love, sometimes sharing secrets helps. I told youse guys about my lightning bolts, and it really helped to know that youse guys were all thinking of me and sending me good wishes.

  8. dawson
    10:59 am on September 6th, 2012

    Melanie: I am starting to pack (still 3 weeks before I go) to see what I can take and what doesn’t make the cut. DebbieLM’s 5+ pound quilt is in for sure.
    Mom is getting ready for her nap and dad is just waking up – they frequently tag team the bed, or is it me they are tag teaming?
    Macy: Yikes! I’m not sure if I could concentrate with that many children tag teaming me.
    Oh…dad decided to go back to bed. Maybe I can get a nap…

  9. Masquers
    11:06 am on September 6th, 2012
  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:06 am on September 6th, 2012

    Good morning all. Barb here. I am feeling (as Rebecca said) tip but not quite top. The coughing was so bad that I feel like somebody beat me up. My muscles and rib cage are so sore that it is hard to move. Otherwise, getting much better and have crawled out from under the quilt.

    Melanie, I wanted to give you a little update on the bark control. I bought some chew sticks and gave Maggie one yesterday afternoon when we were out in the backyard. She was so interested in chewing on it that she totally ignored kids yelling and screaming (they call it play) 2 yards away. Also did not respond to the young lab mix next door who occasionally woo-woo-wooed thru their privacy fence. I did order a bark control device thru for inside. It’s the one I mentioned before that has a high frequency sound. It did get good reviews and was said to work better with larger dogs. One reviewer had Poms and said it did not work well for them.

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    11:57 am on September 6th, 2012

    Yikes Macy – your Mim is a better woman than ours. If our Mama was trapped in a room with 40some kids, she would be the one screaming. Right after she pink bulldozered over that other person.

    Barb- please let us know how the bark thing does. We do love our Gilly, but as we may have mentioned, she is just a tad crazy, and sometimes her bark urge is just too strong for her to control.

    Mama and Dad just got back from working at the primary polls. 38 people (!) showed up to vote during their normally very busy shift.
    Most people havent gotten the word that voting is TODAY and not next Tuesday.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    12:24 pm on September 6th, 2012

    T & G’s Mum, Will let you know on the bark item. It was out of stock, so will not ship till mid Sept. It was only $32. plus shipping, so not a bad amount. The shock collars were over $80 and the citrenella ones were $45. Did not want to use the shock collar and wasn’t sure how the other one would work for Mags. As Melanie said, working dogs are supposed to bark, it is part of their genetics to alert to any preceived problem. Maggie seems to be picking up on the fact that all those new noises are not her concern.

  13. Masquers
    1:36 pm on September 6th, 2012

    For Macy’s Mom…..

  14. Melanie
    1:39 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Masquers, shared that video on Facebook. Completely wonderful. Henri and ennui.

    Just been listening about how bad Fructose is for us. Another thing to look for on the labels. sigh.

    Barb, I hope by the time the collar gets there, Maggie won’t need it.

    Just voted in the primary. I don’t go where The Royals’ Mum and Da go. Zoë is now taking Dan to vote.

    Feel better all under the quilt.

  15. Melanie
    1:42 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Snort Masquers! I had teachers like that and then I became a teacher. I didn’t care how they got the answer as long as they wrote it down and it made sense.

    I had one young woman who was in Algebra II and could do it all in her head. She didn’t see why she had to write it down. I then gave her a calculus and physics book and she then started writing down how she got to her answers.


  16. Masquers
    2:07 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Melanie: Henri is a fellow Seattelite with his own Facebookie page: Le Chat Noir. Du Chat Noir, which hangs on his wall, also hangs on ours.

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:16 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Gah!…Someone just sent me a text from the screwed-up-busy-place and it said “Today might be the breaking point!”…grunt!…Seems someone else has already quit and others left a meeting in tears…snort!

  18. Masquers
    2:27 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Yikes! Riö, keep us informed. Those computer system change-overs can be brutal.

  19. Melanie
    2:36 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Jeez Louise Riö. I’m not liking this not-so-busy place right now!!!!

    To the Bulldozers!

  20. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:37 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Maskers!…I loved the bored french-kat video…heh!heh!…You acted the part so wonderfully!…snort!…Don’t let lil’ Sammie know you are in a major video before she is….chorkel!

  21. Melanie
    2:44 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Riö, please check SDD. I would post the card here, but I seem to have left that part of my brain elsewhere.

    Afternoon work was listening to the new group that has brought the new O2 unit. Whilst working on cutting down YSAS Dobbs’ video from 5 minutes to 30 seconds.

    His agent wants that on a reel. I think it turned out pretty well.

  22. Rose
    2:49 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio, my pug love, please let us know what is going on with your friend. I hate that your friend has to go to that busy place every day. Grrrrrrrrrrr

  23. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:23 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Friend!…My friend is holding her own during the total chaos so far. Most of the staff is darned upset with the way things are being handled though..sniff!…Right now there are closed-door meetings not involving her, so she is kicking back reading A Fistful Of Dollars…Huh?? Without Me!Me!Me!…grump!.. I knew I should have buried that book deeper into my covers this morning…grumble!

    Review!…She says the book is absolutely terrific so far!…snorkel!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    3:31 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio – never in the course of history has a software transfer gone smoothly. It’s kind of like that old saying about weddings – its not over till there’s been tears, someone falls in love, there’s been a fistfight, a stolen kiss and someone goes to jail.
    Tell your friend to be careful which one she is.

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Software!…My friend has been through plenty of software change-overs before, but nothing compares to this mess…heh!heh!…How they initially expected this to be done over the 3 day weekend is beyond imagination…grunt!…I guess thats what you get if you neglect the Testing part…chorkel!

  26. dawson
    4:12 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Uh Rio: What book is your friend reading?! A FOC is what she needs to get her through the stressful day at work.

    Masquers: Henri is making me soooo tired, yaawwn…zzzzz

  27. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:31 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Dollars!?….heh!…Where’d that come from? I must have money on my flat-head…grunt!…Of course I meant to type A Fistfull Of Collars…snorkel!

  28. Masquers
    4:58 pm on September 6th, 2012

    A Fistful of Dollars would be most welcome right about now. Snort!

  29. OleyHowlers
    5:16 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Speaking of a Fistful of Dollars, any of youse with investments in the stock market or mutual funds sure made a fistful of dollars today. It is UP UP UP !!!!

  30. OleyHowlers
    5:44 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Any of youse play Crate Escape on your iPaw yet? We are becoming adicted!

  31. Melanie
    6:34 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Crate Escape? Is that an iPaw autocorrect?

    I saw that there is some group in Denmark that is working on a Genetic modification dofloppy that when injected is supposed to stop people from creating histamine. This would “stop” allergies.

    Hmmm, not sure about that wording. Wouldn’t you still be allergic but just not creating the histamine? I mean it would be great that I could see out of my eyes and be able to breath without coughing my lungs out, but that’s not where my problems end.

    When my allergies are bad it causes my arthritis to flare.

    With modifications like this is it going to create worse things for us?


  32. OleyHowlers
    7:40 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Not an autocorrect.

  33. SnowBella
    7:53 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Yeti! AJ ad I have been working long and hard on the little cabin in the woods. I am beat. A couple of nights I arrived home from work, greeted by Belle Starr and Luna, I exited the car. As I did so, I saw a large, white figure emerge from the trees near the little cabin. Was it a yeti? Possible, but no. Upon further expection, I realized that the large, white creature was in fact AJ after a few hours of sanding drywall compound in the cabin. He was covered in white dust from head to toe. His blue eyes were the only color showing on his person

  34. B.Stover
    8:08 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Melanie: I assume one would still have the allergy but not the runny nose, etc. You also wouldn’t have to take allergy medicine–anti-histamines.

    Howlers: I’ve never heard of crate escape.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Allergies!…My friend and actually Beau and I could go for some anti-anti-histimine right about now….sniffle!sneeze!cough!…If they can cure cancer they can cure allergies, right?…snort!…Hey, wait a minute.

  36. Melanie
    8:20 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Bella, I hope the giant yeti is wearing a mask!

    Golinka says goodnight. She and Storyteller are very tired. Did a lot today.

    So did I. I am off to hit the hay!


  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Supper!….My friend worked late, but made it up to all of us by stopping off and grabbing one of our most favorite Pizza Pies!…..Woooooo!….Beau was ecstatic! As pizza is one of his most favorite foods on the planet…heh!…He was doubly excited when MY friend finally came home and there was food too….grunt!…The little punk gobbled up as much sausage as he could get his jaws around…sniff!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Quill!….The episode of Grimm that we are getting ready to watch is called Quill….snort!….I have to believe this is not related to my friends hobby…heh!heh!

  39. Wose
    8:29 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rebecca, I am imagining AJ as a giant Casper the Friendly Ghost. 🙂
    I love that my VBFF and my favorite four-legged mom greet you when you get home.

    Rio, my pug love, I’m glad youse guys had a fun pizza night. Please give your friend hugs and kisses from me. I guess that translates into a big, sloppy pug kiss!

  40. Wose
    8:30 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Punching out for tonight…..

    Good night all!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Is the Little Cabin In The Woods done now?…snort!…I can hardly believe you two Giants were able to build a cabin that will stand up to an Alaskan winter in one months time. That is simply amazing….woooooOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOoooo!…My knapsack is packed I’m ready to go
    I’m standin’ here outside my door
    The Beaus-mobile is waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn
    Already I’m so hungry I could die…WooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOO!

  42. OleyHowlers
    8:34 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Pizza is our very favorite food too, Beau. Mom says she can’t have pizza when others are here, because we can’t control ourselves.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on September 6th, 2012

    WooooOOOOOOooooo!….So kiss me and smile for me. Tell me that you’ll wait on me….heh!…Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
    Don’t know when I’ll be back again…..WoooooOOOOooooOOOOOooooo!

  44. BearSpiritDog
    8:37 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Pizza sounds good. I’m hungry.

  45. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:42 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Sneeze!…Pizza is my favorite. I got a lot tonight because someone was very tired….gurgle!…Rio is a big bully, but I beat him to the sausage…har!

  46. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:43 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Sneeze!…wots a yeti?….sniffle!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:44 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Buuuurrrrp!… It was great pizza. I got my fair share by golly…snort!

  48. bluecat
    8:51 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio – Buuuurrrrp back at you. Hold me like you’ll never let me goooooooooooooo (now that song’s stuck in my head!)

    Melania et al, Louise Penny’s newest is abfab and heartbreaking. Can hardly wait for AFOC.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    8:58 pm on September 6th, 2012

    AFOC on Tuesday! Is that more than two days?

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Twice!….heh!snort!heh!…Thats twice now BluKat has burped on this here blog…heh!…She’s my kind of Kat! And she knows the song I was singing…snorkel!

    Walkin!…uh oh! Looks like someone is making moves to take us on a walk. All that pizza gurgling around is not going to make for fun times, let me tell ya …uuurrrrp! gah!…I wonder what SiberH is eating right now….sniff!sniff!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    9:00 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Signing off for the evening.
    Rio: Let us know how you like Quill.
    WBB in the morning – Bear

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Really?…snort!….Is everyone going to bed early tonight?…grump!…What’s up with that crap?…wheeze!

  53. Barb & Maggie
    9:30 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Sorry Rio, but Barb says we are shutting down too. She says she needs a good night’s sleep. Today we got a letter from the gal who bought our place and she says she LOVES it. Hope she still feels that way in January!

    Barb has been on a buying spree. She bought a really nice camel back sofa at a high end consignment shop in Barrington (think snooty) for $375.00 and a really beautiful Ethan Allen coffee table that looks awesome with it for $148 ($899 new on line, on sale!)

    Did anyone see that Drew Peterson, the creep, was found guilty today of murder of his third wife. People around here are dancing in the street over that one.

    Night all. Have to go watch our POTUS.

  54. Princess Sam
    9:42 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio, did your friend survive that day at work? Will she be back to fight another day?

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Fighter!….wheeze!cough!…We are back from our walk again…grump!…Is it just me or is it getting dark really soon these days?…sniff!… She barely gets home, we eat, dishes, then we walk and its dark out..grumble!…Whats up with that? Is this the reason every one is going to bed so soon these dayz?…huffle!

    Barb!….Those are great bargains! Someone here loves to buy very good furniture at those prices…heh!…Who knows what Beau will do to them when no one is looking?…grunt!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Fighter!….Sammie!…heh!…I forgot to tell you my friend is a fighter and she will stay till she finds another job she really really wants…sniff!….The whole dept can fall around her but she will not give up. She says the managers might leave before she does…hehheheheheheheheheheheheh!….Suckers!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Bear-It! …. I bet when my friend saw other people crying and throwing in the towel today, she became stronger and resolved not to quit, at least not yet….sniff!….One loses so much if you quit a job without having another one to go to, especially if you’ve been working for up to 4 years like she has….gruffle!…So the smart thing is to hold-on and see what happens. Grin and Bear it so to speak. After all, it is a Job, not ones whole life. Now that she will not be giving the Job any “extra” of herself and spend more time with us here at home, she is feeling quite happy…..WooooooOOOOOoooooOOOOooo!….This is probably not the time to tell her that my bags are packed and I’m ready to go. That I’m leavin’ on a Jet Plane….snuffle!….I hope Rebecca and the Giant one can find someone else to live in that little cabin….wuffle!…Maybe they can even get someone to PAY to live there…heh!…I know I was counting on staying for free…snorkel!

  58. SnowBella
    10:42 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio: I will leave the light on for you. Park the Beausmobile by the dog truck.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rebecca!…heh!…You must have read every other word in my last post because I think i made it very clear that I would be staying here now that my friend will be cutting way back on the time she spends at the busy-screwed-up-damned-place….snort!…She will be looking to leave asap, but until then she will do the minimal work needed to stay employed. They can’t fire her because too many people have left already and more are gearing up to leave very soon…chorkel!…How about those boston beans?…sniff!….So Rebeccer, you do not have to leave the light on for me, although I am glad to know the little cabin has lights!…heh!…Good job!

  60. SnowBella
    11:06 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio: I read your post with tired eyes. You are always welcome to visit us! I had a job where I quit my boss but kept my job—life got a lot easier then.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rebecca!…I actually think this is what my friend has in mind…heh!…Keep the damned job, which is changing dramatically, eventually, and quit the boss….hehehheheheh!…She actually quit the boss after the whole vacation incident…grump!…I guess there are degrees of everything. She has reached the highest or lowest degree today, for sure. Her whole office is packed up, all personal stuff is GONE. She has the minimal stuff there to work with right now…heh!heh!

  62. SnowBella
    11:17 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Rio: I outlasted that boss. He was gone in two years and I stayed for another two years until I found the job I have now. I learned what I didn’t want to be in a leader or manager from that boss—we called Demoralizer or DM for short.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:26 pm on September 6th, 2012

    Group!…There are a group of em’ in her dept. that wish the boss(es) would leave…heh!…Bunch of, well lets just say, not good Leaders….sniff!…She says she needs Beau and Me!Me!Me! to go to bed now even though she will not be getting up early and staying late anymore…hehehehehehehehehh!!!…Wooooooeoooooeeeeeoooooeeeeeoooo!…No more of that get-you-no-where stuff at the screwed-up-busy-damned-place for her….snorkel!sneeze!


  64. SnowBella
    1:24 am on September 7th, 2012

    Mama, Stinky: Please check your SDD.

  65. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:19 am on September 8th, 2012

    Mom here. Thanks for the support. I got called to the big bosses’? office where I basically learned that I am to be a babysitter. Little boss said maybe I can plan an activity once she knows she “can trust me “! People, we are talking about a little craft project , some glue, stickers, maybe even, gasp, safety scissors!!!!! I double swear not to lick or sniff the freakin’ glue sticks!! Must stop thinking about it before head explodes. I WAS offfered the opportunity to change schools, but all I could hear in the back of my mind was ” better the devil you know…..” and something about frying pans and fires…..

    Thanks for the rant space. If if wasn’t for you guys, you would probably be seeing me on the news. If the pug’s girl can survive, then dang it so can I!!

    Rant over. Please return to your previously scheduled pleasant evenings.

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