Tender Is The Bite

Mrs. Publicist: Tender Is the Bite, the next Chet and Bernie, comes out July 6, unless it moves to June for Covid related reasons. How about I corral the writer, Peter Abrahams, (author of the series under his pen name Spencer Quinn) and get the 411 out of him?

Pete: Does anyone say 411 anymore?

Mrs. P: Is that the kind of thing you worry about when you’re writing dialogue?

Pete: Among many others!

Mrs. P: Now, to Tender Is The Bite. Is it true it’s about politics and ferrets?

Pete: That’s one way of looking at it.

Mrs. P: Let’s insert a little sample right here. And for readers out there, Tender Is The Bite is now available for preorder in hardcover and digital versions wherever books are sold.


“That ferret got loose when she was packing the car and she didn’t even stick around to find him.”

Interesting. I wandered off to the trash can enclosure at the side of the building. The plywood door was slightly open, and in the doorway stood Griffie, holding the remains of a pizza slice in his cute little paws. Random pizza slices found here and there are mine as a rule. First I made sure that Griffie would be aware of that from here on in, and then I escorted him nice and gently around to the front.

“The name Mickey Rottoni mean anything to you?” Bernie was saying.

“Nope,” said the landlord. “When it comes to the tenants, I keep my nose – “

Then they were both staring at me, so I never found out about where the landlord kept his nose, which actually seemed to be in the normal place.

“Chet?” said Bernie. “What you got there?”


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15 Responses to “Tender Is The Bite”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:22 am on January 21st, 2021

    Pizza or ferret? Now we have to wait till July or maybe June to find out.
    Good day to everyone!

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:22 am on January 21st, 2021


    I am laughing at the name Mickey Rottoni!

    Good day to all!

  3. B. Stover
    12:04 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Griffie the ferret…interesting name.

    Good day to all.

  4. Staff
    2:58 pm on January 21st, 2021

    To pick up socially distanced eggs this morning. And the young woman with the hands has a new puppy. She has a strange name. Something like Aoly. Evidently it is from some sort of computer game. The puppy is half border collie and half Grand Pyrenees.
    It seems to have the Pyrenees calmness. At least so far.

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:16 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Aaaawww… What a cute puppy!

  6. WATP
    3:38 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Staff: Thanks for the photo. I have to say that a Border Collie/Gran Pyrnees mix is quite a combination. That is going to be a very interesting (and potentially somewhat confused) dog when she matures.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    5:10 pm on January 21st, 2021

    That beautiful, beautiful puppy will probably herd everyone. The question will be active or passive hurdling. Enjoy that beautiful baby!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:36 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Caught!…Red jawed with a piece of pizza in his mouth! Chet! What’a guy!…snort!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:29 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Tender!…With that tender bite ole Chet may even be holding a dangling Griffie from his jaws!…heh!heh!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Griffie!…To be clear Griffie is well and alive dangling from Chet’s jowls…heh!…He has just learned a big lesson about pizza pieces not being his for the taking…snort!…I cannot wait to read if I am right, which of course I must be!…gruffle!

  11. BooBear
    10:08 pm on January 21st, 2021

    I am quite sure there was no pizza left in Chet’s mouth since those type of finds are usually disposed of in one bite and swallow. Probably the ferret!

  12. BooBear
    10:09 pm on January 21st, 2021

    And what a cute puppy! Interesting mix.

  13. Hobbit
    10:13 pm on January 21st, 2021

    My puppy raising days are over. I don’t care how cute.

    I’ve never had a ferret but I look at them in the pet store.

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Boo!…My deduction exactly! It must be a ferret in his jaws!…snort!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on January 21st, 2021

    Hobbit!…Ferrits smell very badly. Do not be tempted to get one or you know who will be hunting it day and night…grunt!

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