We sat outside the Fetzer Gallery, Portia’s Audi a few spaces ahead, and in between another car, this one with a cat in the back. That kept me on edge, but after a while a man got into the car and off it went. I relaxed. We had a little music, not loud. 

“Love the Steeldrivers,” Bernie said. “That fiddle player – she’s great.” He sang along a little bit. “Never would have loaded up a .44, put myself behind a jailhouse door, if it hadn’t been for love.” I love when Bernie sings. He has the nicest voice. I howled along just the slightest bit. “Easy, boy.”

The Audi sat there. A shadow moved slowly across it. Bernie switched off the music. “I think I’ve been very stupid,” he said. Huh? Impossible. We got out of the car, entered the Fetzer Gallery. No one in sight but an old guy with a white beard, sitting at a desk. 

“We’re supposed to be meeting someone here,” Bernie said. “She’s blond, about five feet – “

“She left some time ago.” 


“In a taxi, I believe.” He pointed toward the back door – a glass door with a parking lot on the other side.

Spencer Quinn will be at Titcomb’s Book Shop, 432 Route 6-A, East Sandwich MA 02601, today at 3. 


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4 Responses to “Stakeout”

  1. Diane Brodson
    7:55 am on April 25th, 2009

    Maybe you should go back home and look for Iggy. Maybe the blond dropped something on her way out of Bernie's yard – and Iggy picked it up – and she yelled at Iggy – and he left with the clue…

    or maybe – is it time for ribs?

  2. B. Stover
    9:55 am on April 25th, 2009

    She had a flower scent, and your tail wagged at one point, so she can't be all bad. Wonder what she's up to.

  3. Rebecca Rice
    1:28 pm on April 25th, 2009

    Hmmm… Mmmm… Ribs.

  4. C. Harris
    3:51 pm on April 25th, 2009

    Oh dear, Bernie and Chet are singing while the target gets away. Bernie knows he has been "very stupid." Will this shake Chet's faith in him? Or will he lick Bernie's hand to make him feel better?

    What if Portia took the taxi back to their place and has broken in and searched the place for the missing canvas? Better hurry home! Maybe Iggy can fill you in on what he saw.

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