The Dog Who Knew Too Much

“Weren’t we going to post this on Tuesday?” says Spence.

“But it’s visible this morning at Amazon,” says Admin.



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164 Responses to “The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:36 am on July 18th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! They’ve added Susie to the cover, and we get to see more of Chet! This has a different feel than past covers. And does anyone else want to scream, “No, Chet! Don’t go in there!” or is it just me?

  2. Rose
    8:59 am on July 18th, 2011

    Hi there, Kirby!

    I love the cover, and the fact that Susie is on it, and that we see a fuller view of Chet. I love the mysterious feel to this new cover, and yes, I do want to yell “Don’t do it, Chet!”

    Greetings to Everyone!

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:07 am on July 18th, 2011

    Hey, Rose! I wasn’t sure if I liked the cover when I first saw it. But the more I look at it, the more it grows on me.

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:10 am on July 18th, 2011

    Rose: Are you having any posting problems? The first time I tried to post it said, “Slow down, you’re posting too fast.” But then when I refreshed the page my comment showed up. Then the second time I tried to post I got that “cannot find the page” page and had to hit the back button and then refresh to get back here.

  5. B.Stover
    9:14 am on July 18th, 2011

    They know us so well!

    Good morning all.

  6. B.Stover
    9:16 am on July 18th, 2011

    Yes, Kirby, I just got the “can’t find page.”

    Sorry, but I don’t like Suzie on the cover. Otherwise, it’s great cover art.

  7. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:17 am on July 18th, 2011

    Bee: When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought, “Bee’s not gonna like this!”

  8. Melanie
    9:30 am on July 18th, 2011

    There were some problems earlier. Did you notice that Chet’s ears are correct?

  9. Melanie
    9:31 am on July 18th, 2011

    Big storm headed our way. Maybe two hours away right now.

  10. B.Stover
    9:33 am on July 18th, 2011

    Kirby: LOL!

    I’m glad the Royal’s mum’s show went well. Hope everything is okay with Wolfie.

  11. B.Stover
    9:37 am on July 18th, 2011

    We seem to have the blog bug back.

    We’re supposed to be getting severe thunderstorms also Melanie. Right now it’s hot, humid and sunny.

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 am on July 18th, 2011

    Art!…As a beautiful picture, its great….snort!….As the cover of Chet and Bernie, it’s not right. I don’t like Susie in Chet’s place on the cover….grunt!

    Geese!…My friend just emailed me and said she almost took out 3 large geese this morning on her drive to work….heh!… Seems they have taken over the office parking lot and the street getting to the office…snort!….Three of them jumped into the turn lane just as she was zoomin’ into it….scrreeeech!…She slammed on her brakes and the 3 numbskulls sauntered across the busy street…grunt!

  13. dawson
    9:43 am on July 18th, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    Chet! I love the cover!

    B.Stover: I, like Kirby, when I saw Suzie on the cover thought, B’s not gonna like this.

    I wondered why Suzie isn’t covered with mosquito bites, dressed like that.

  14. Melanie
    9:44 am on July 18th, 2011


    Audrey got loose last night by tear out a screen.
    They have not found her yet.

    All Paw, tails and fingers crossed here!

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:51 am on July 18th, 2011

    Poor Aubrey!

    This is terrible. I am sending prayers!

  16. Rose
    9:52 am on July 18th, 2011

    Hey Kirby:

    I had problems with my first post. I got the same message as you did. Hopefully, this issue is resolved.

    B: Just curious, why don’t you like Suzie on the cover? Do you like that Chet is more prominently featured on the cover?

  17. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:52 am on July 18th, 2011

    I wasn’t around much yesterday — first Mom went to a bridal show with my girl (no engagement yet, but Mom keeps saying she’s engaged to be engaged), then she came home and immediately went to Vacation Bible School, then she said she was too exhausted to turn the computer on for me (what’s so hard about that?), so now I’m finally catching up on yesterday’s news.

    Mollypop: I’m sorry you’re still under the weather. I hope your test results give the doctors a plan on how to help you — quickly! Maybe you can have a belated birthday celebration when you’re all better!

    Wolfie: Hang in there, buddy. I hope things are looking better this morning.

    Melanie: Re: pool. I’m glad you’re getting that pool under control, but if the Newfs ever invite me for a dip, that platform is going to have to be a lot higher or I’ll drown!

  18. Rose
    9:53 am on July 18th, 2011

    What is going on with the blog today? My second post gave me the slow down, you’re posting too fast message?

  19. Rose
    9:57 am on July 18th, 2011


    Prayers, good thoughts, and crossed fingers coming at you from Westchester!

  20. Rose
    9:57 am on July 18th, 2011

    Okay, so just now I got kicked off the site…What the h-ll????

  21. Melanie
    9:58 am on July 18th, 2011

    They think Audrey heard a coyote and tore the screen out.

    Wolife: Hope things are better.

  22. Melanie
    9:59 am on July 18th, 2011

    Rose, Audrey is not my dog. Audrey is Spencer’s!

  23. Rose
    10:02 am on July 18th, 2011


    Just reading back last night’s postings. I hope everything gets better for you and yours. I’m thinking about you…

  24. Rose
    10:03 am on July 18th, 2011

    Melanie: Oops! Good thoughts and prayers coming at Audrey!

    (Sometimes I can be so dense!)

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 am on July 18th, 2011

    Audrey!… What’s going on? Did Spencer tell you to tell us about Audrey?…snort!… I’m a tad confused today. I’m still thinking about dead geese all over my car…grunt! …I’m also wandering why the hell Susie is on the cover of a Chet and Bernie book….grumble!

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 am on July 18th, 2011

    Screen!… If Admin and Spencer would do more home repairs Audrey would never have gotten out of the screen door. Those guys! ….grunt!

  27. dawson
    10:09 am on July 18th, 2011

    Oh no!

    Audrey has pulled a Whitey-Lance and gone off cross country. Come home thoughts being sent to you.

    Wolfie: Prayers being sent your way. You can run away up to Canada if you want. No one will find you here.

    What? Rose getting kicked off the blog? Better not!

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 am on July 18th, 2011

    Bug!…The Blog Bug of last summer *July* to be exact, is BACK!…grunt!…This day is going downhill very quickly…sniffle!

  29. dawson
    10:13 am on July 18th, 2011

    Oh no!

    Audrey has pulled a Whitey-Lance and gone off cross country. Come home thoughts being sent to you.

    Wolfie: Prayers being sent your way. You can run away up to Canada if you want. No one will find you here.

    What? Rose getting kicked off the blog? Better not!

    Suzie on the cover can mean only one thing…the relationship between Bernie and Suzie (and Chet) is progressing. I’m all for it.

  30. dawson
    10:13 am on July 18th, 2011

    oops! I blame the blog bug!

  31. Barb & Maggie
    10:29 am on July 18th, 2011

    We have paws and fingers crossed for Audrey making a safe return home. Spence, please keep us posted.

    We knew Bee would not like the cover, but we do. Not to sound ego-centric here, but Chet looks an awful lot like my kind – English Shepherd. Only at 100 lbs. he has some other things mixed in. I am about 65-70 lbs, so he is way bigger. As we have said in the past, we like Suzie, and we know Spence wouldn’t turn it into a sappy Nora Roberts novel, even if the love affair heats up a bit.

  32. Rose
    10:32 am on July 18th, 2011

    Is it just me, or does the whole blog page look different?

  33. Jasper the Poodle
    10:33 am on July 18th, 2011

    Aud, come home baby, come home!

    Ooh, ooh, ooh, it’s a story in a story. Just a glance at the cover tells a story and makes you want to open it up and peek inside. So tempting!

    Busy, busy emptying boxes. Mom’s gotta make a trash run soon and get all these empties outta here. Can’t see the dining room for the empty boxes. Mom says it shows progress. Hhmph! I just think it’s a mess.

    Met 3 Yorkies this morning. I was doing my business and up comes these curious frisky critters. Can’t a guy have some privacy? Jeez! Come back and visit when I’m done.

  34. Melanie
    10:41 am on July 18th, 2011

    Guys, how do we know it’s Suzie?

  35. Barb & Maggie
    10:41 am on July 18th, 2011

    Big storm here, but it may cool things off. Those poor outside critters! We are taking them lots of fresh cold water. Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst.

  36. B.Stover
    10:43 am on July 18th, 2011

    I hope Audrey is okay and they find her soon.

    Rose: I don’t like Suzie on the cover because she is not a partner in the Little Detective Agency and should not be. The Chet and Bernie series has proven very successful and should not be changed. Adding Suzie would change it. Also, I do not like having the entire Chet on the cover. I think his breed and looks should be left to the reader’s imagination based on Spence’s descriptions rather than on an artist’s rendering.

  37. Rose
    10:53 am on July 18th, 2011

    B: Although Suzie is not a member of the Little Detective Agency, she is a part of Bernie’s and Chet’s life. I don’t think the fact that she is on the cover suggests anything else.
    I like having Chet on the cover. This is exactly how I imagined he would look. Much better than on the video…

    Spence: I hope that Audrey comes back to you safe and sound.

  38. Siber-H
    10:54 am on July 18th, 2011

    All our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and her family!!

    Please keep us posted because this is all we are going to be thinking about until she is found.

    I wish we could all be there to help look for her.

  39. Siber-H
    10:58 am on July 18th, 2011

    Yes, the blog bug is baaaack. It likes Monday mornings.

    Rio’s friend had to break for geese and we had to brake for 3 coyotes in the street on the way to the dog park this morning.

  40. Siber-H
    11:12 am on July 18th, 2011

    Melanie? Do you know if Audrey is microchipped and if there is an animal control where Spence lives? The first thing mom would do if I did a Whitey-Lance would be to notify our animal control.

  41. Melanie
    11:21 am on July 18th, 2011

    Have no idea Siber. I know they are taking all steps possible.

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:24 am on July 18th, 2011

    I think more than a few of us have felt that taste of freedom — it’s nice for a few minutes, but then you start mising your people and your favorite toys and your cozy couch. I hope Audrey realizes what she’s missing sooner rather than later and heads back home!!!

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:25 am on July 18th, 2011

    Oh, boy! No blog bug!!!

  44. BearSpiritDog
    12:39 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Audrey’s home!!!

  45. B.Stover
    12:40 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Melanie sent an email saying Audrey is home. She can’t post on the blog (and this is a test to see if I can).

  46. Rose
    12:41 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Bear: That is WONDERFUL news!!!

  47. Rose
    12:44 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Kirby: I believe your theory about Audrey is right on. I know when I had my kat Kelly, anytime the front door opened, he was off and on the run, but never for long.

  48. Mollypop
    12:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Mom started feeling better today. She was going to call the doctor for something, anything, help, help, and maybe now doesn’t have to. If the tests taken on Saturday show a problem, she may have to take an antibiotic, but Sam’s Dad was put on Cipro and Mom sure doesn’t want that.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Email!…I didn’t get no damned email saying Audrey was home….grump!

  50. Siber-H
    12:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I couldn’t post on the blog either so this is a test. I sent an email to Melanie asking her to please let me know any news about Audrey and I got a quick reply that Audrey was home!!

    I emailed Rio to let him know. Actually, I emailed Rio twice and I may have sent them to two different email accounts. He is a smart pug…he will find them.

  51. Siber-H
    12:47 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Mollypop, I am very glad your mom is doing better. That was a question I was going to ask, but then I couldn’t post.

  52. Melanie
    12:49 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Now that Audrey is home, I can breath again. That is the worst feeling. The heartache . . . I believe all of us have gone through that.

    When my guys were going through their teenage years they would occasionally forget to call home. It is like that feeling except that when we are missing one of the Pack there are so many different kind of dangers they can get face.

    Dog, children and pets . . . they hold our hearts.

  53. Melanie
    12:54 pm on July 18th, 2011

    If you look on the top to the right. You can see where Spence, Chet and everyone thanks people for their thoughts on Audrey.

  54. B.Stover
    1:07 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Also on the Facebook entry on the right of the blog screen, notice that Audrey is “unrepentant.” LOL!

  55. Gus and BooBear
    1:13 pm on July 18th, 2011

    We agree with Rio and B. The cover is very pretty but we really don’t like Susie on the cover. Sorry, but she is a secondary character. We prefer the back of Bernie and Chet. And that is not how we imagine Chet to look. We had pit more shepherd in him. The border collie look isn’t intimidating to most people and remember, most people seeing Chet for the first time are nervous.

    We also feel that having Susie on the cover makes it too busy. If the artist felt that he/she had to show all of Chet, then we should just see the back of Bernie’s head. Just saying…..

  56. BearSpiritDog
    1:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Heh! We now know Audrey is feeling tip top and back to her old self!

  57. Melanie
    1:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I ask again, what makes you think it’s Susie?

    Remember that Leda owns part of the Little Detection Agency. What has happened between Leda and Malcolm? Has she decided to join up with the detection?

    Melanie (playing Devil’s advocate)

  58. Gus and BooBear
    1:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    That should say “put more shepherd in him”.

    And yea for the safe return of the unrepentant Audry!

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:21 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Thanks for letting us know that Audrey is safe and back home. I was halfway up to the Cape in the Wookiemobile to look for her myself when I saw BSD’s message on the blog.

    Actually I took off after Audrey right after getting home from the vet, where there was good news. It was my first checkup since chemo was over and my lymph nodes are normal and my blood values are stable. I also lost three pounds (down from 95 to 92), which pleased the vet; she thinks I should get down to 85 pounds — not so sure about that happening though. Also, I don’t have to go back again until the end of August.


    P.S. On ocassion I do get a message when I try to post that I need to slow down and that I am posting too fast (not sure how that is even possible but I am sure the Fabulous Baker Boy knows the answer to that). Most times, I just wait a few seconds and hit Submit Comment again and it generally goes through on the second time.

  60. Melanie
    1:29 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Hip Hip Hurrah for Wöökie!

  61. Siber-H
    1:32 pm on July 18th, 2011

    The Cover!!! We love seeing all of Chet front and center on the cover. The artwork is beautiful and as Rose said, it does look mysterious. ummm That is a classic Border Collie, but we know Chet is much bigger than a BC. Whatever, Chet is one handsome dude just like we knew he would be, and he is smart like a Border Collie.

    I am so happy that Audrey is home safe and sound that I am not even going to comment on Suzie being on the cover.

  62. Siber-H
    1:37 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Very Happy News, Wookie!!! This is turning out to be a great day with good news all around!

  63. BearSpiritDog
    1:40 pm on July 18th, 2011

    A comment on the new cover: It is Beautiful. However, B does have a point about Susie. We don’t think she (or, as Melanie says, how do we know it’s Susie…) belongs on the cover. Otherwise it draws us in wondering what Chet is in for now.

    Wookie: That is Excellent News!!!

    MollyPop: Happy to hear you are feeling better.

    Melanie: Yesterday you said YSAS appeared in an episode of Damages. Can you tell us which one? I agree the character Glenn Close portrays is not very likable, but that may be what makes the show so good. Anyway, we love it and are looking forward to Season 3, which is listed as “long wait” on Netflix.

  64. B.Stover
    1:47 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Dear Devil’s Advocate: If that’s Leda on the cover, it’s even worse.

  65. B.Stover
    1:47 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Very good news from Wookie and Mollypop.

  66. Gus and BooBear
    1:54 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Yea, Wookie!!!! That makes all those treatments worth it. So you are close to 100 lbs? Guess that means if a golden can reach 100+, maybe a border collie type could too. Have to ponder that…..

  67. Masquers
    1:58 pm on July 18th, 2011

    A Katty Komment about Susie (or whoever) on the cover-Do not like her there-Think Chet is very handsome-Love seeing the full view of him. The Cover Art is Beautiful!

    Wolfie & mom: Hope Everything & Everyone is purrrfectly OK today.

    Bella: Hope your Date was Great!

  68. Melanie
    2:02 pm on July 18th, 2011

    B.Stover: Yes, it would . . . heh, heh, heh.

    Well, I have the day off. Since I have just now finished everything that I wasn’t going to do, I think I will watch something. Dog knows what.

    Everyone knows that Chet is a smaller Irish Spotted Newfoundland that can jump as high as tall buildings and run as fast as a jet!

  69. Rose
    2:29 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wookie: I love hearing good news…Glad your lab work is looking good!

    MollyPop: Happy to hear your mom is back on the road to wellness!

    Maybe the mystery woman is Janie, Chet’s groomer. He loves the sound of her voice, and she IS the best groomer in the Valley. She also brushes Chet’s teeth….

    (Whispering) I still think it’s Suzie on the cover.

    The more I look at the cover, the more intrigued I am about the story. If Bernie and Suzie weren’t placed in the foreground, the rest of the picture actually looks like a photograph!

  70. Melanie
    2:31 pm on July 18th, 2011

    For the Geeks of the Blog!

    Real 3D printing. Really. It is cool!

    3D Printing!

  71. Wölfie
    2:54 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Dad is safe and sound. He ended up walking to his parents house yesterday, a distance of about 27 miles. Mom is still mad though.

  72. Masquers
    2:57 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I do believe I’ve changed my mind, which kats are entitled to do by the way. I now LOVE the new cover. Also, I’ve decided there is nothing wrong in trying something new for the cover art. After all this is the 4th book in the Chet & Bernie Mystery Series. Why does everything always have to be the same? Rose said it best: It has a compelling and mysterious feel to it; drawing you in, tempting you to find out more….

  73. B.Stover
    2:58 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wolfie: Your mom should be mad.

    Melanie: That is really cool. I wonder what the item feels like…plastic? It must be stronger than plastic though.

  74. B.Stover
    3:00 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Masquers: I don’t need the cover to do that for me.

  75. Gus and BooBear
    3:04 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Trivia question: Name all 14 punctuation marks in the English language. And no cheating…from memory, please.

  76. BearSpiritDog
    3:10 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wolfie: Thank you for the update. Better your mom be mad than sad.

    Melanie: Wow! What a concept! Unbelievable Twilight Zone stuff.

  77. BearSpiritDog
    3:13 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Er, Gus&BooBear. You say there are 14? Gulp.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:18 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Susie!… The artist would not have put the girl on the cover if she wasn’t a huge part of the story….sniff!…I still find it different and different always makes me uncomfortable, as does change….grunt!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:21 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!…Is that a trick question?….snort!

  80. B.Stover
    3:24 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I just received Staff’s potholders! They are beautiful. Black background; on one side there are hotdogs and on the other are dogs. The loop is the material that frames Spence’s quilt (I think): Black background and white paw prints. Wonderful! Thank you Staff. (I like the stamps on the envelope also, especially the one of the coffeepot: American Toleware which I’ve never heard of before.)

  81. Masquers
    3:27 pm on July 18th, 2011

    B: I agree. Not one of us would need this added enticement. But perhaps someone who has not read the books would take a second look. And, then a first, third & fourth.

  82. Siber-H
    3:32 pm on July 18th, 2011

    That is a boarded up old mine on the cover. I do not want Chet going in there because it is too dangerous…send Suzie instead.

    I wonder where the setting of this story will be because that is too green to be in the mountains of Southern Arizona. It makes for a lovely book cover, though.

  83. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I come up with 13 or 15 punctuation marks…depending how you count two of them.

  84. Melanie
    3:44 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Dear Gus & BooBear,

    My head is now completely reliant on google. I don’t have to remember anything that way. I can just look it up!

  85. dawson
    3:48 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wookie: That is the best news ever!
    Mollypop: I’m very glad you are feeling better.
    Wolfie: I’m glad your dad is okay. Hope all is calm.
    Siber H: Coyotes in the middle of the road? Don’t you go chasing them. That sounds utterly unusual.
    I’m trying to get some yard work done but the mosquitoes are eating me.
    B.Stover: Your potted plants from yesterday are beautiful. I’m waiting for your answer to the punctuation question. I can’t answer because I already cheated.
    Snowhook Bella: Please tell me you have received my check. Waaaaah!

  86. Melanie
    3:49 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Netflix streaming has Masterpiece Mystery: Sherlock: Series 1 !!!

  87. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie. I’m going to watch it!

    I just thought of two more punctuation marks. One of them is not often used in ordinary English.

  88. Masquers
    4:02 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Is that a light shining in the mine? Chet seems to be looking that way.

  89. Siber-H
    4:14 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Sure looks like a light to me, also, Masquers.

    Dawson, coyotes are very common here. We see them all the time.
    Some live in the desert right next to my dog park. Often mom and I see them trotting down the street with a rabbit in their mouth when we are driving to the dog park. I am not allowed to be off leash except at safe places like the dog park. “Never trust a Siberian”

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    4:16 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wahoo for Wookie
    Good news that MollyPop’s mom is better
    Glad Wolfie’s dad is ok, if footsore
    Thrilled that Audrey is home safe
    Everything is good news…… well almost everything. About that cover……….

  91. B.Stover
    4:18 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Netflix also has the tv series Numbers (seasons one through six) on both streaming and dvd.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    4:30 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Book Cover! Seems we agree to disagree.

  93. bluecat
    4:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    So glad Audrey’s safe.

    The cover – is it a photo-stopped photograph? Melanie,can you tell? I, along with G&BB, envisioned Chet with a shorter coat. I’ll just keep on using the mind picture I started with in the first book. Guess we have to trust the marketing people on cover art, among other things.

    Rebecca – I have a hanger for the origami ornament. Hope you get the check soonest.

    Wookie & Wolfie – good news. You guys are terrific at Plundering.

  94. Mollypop
    4:46 pm on July 18th, 2011

    We are back in Ellicottville. The heck with doctors. Mom thinks whatever this is is starting to go away.

  95. Macy the Min-pin
    4:48 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Ditto on all the good wishes.

    Wonder if Wolfie’s dad is going to do a marathon next.

    We are still on the fence about the bookcover. It lacks a certain edginess…

  96. B.Stover
    5:04 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Mollypop’s mom: As long as you feel okay I agree about the heck with doctors.

    Macy: I think you’ve got it–the cover “lacks a certain edginess.”

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:33 pm on July 18th, 2011

    ARC!…Art! Did you guys like the cover on the ARC?…snort!…I liked that one alot…sniff!…It had a desert feel to it. But maybe this book doesn’t take place in the desert…hmmmm

  98. Sam
    5:51 pm on July 18th, 2011

    B, Aunt Mollysmom got scared when she found out the antibiotic my Dad had was Cipro. My Dad is over 200 pounds and Aunt Mollysmom is little (and old, as I – er – might have mentioned). She was afraid the cure might be worse than the disease.

  99. B.Stover
    5:55 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Sam: I’ve never heard of that medicine.

  100. Siber-H
    6:24 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Rio, yes, I liked the cover of the ARC a lot also. This new cover is entiely out of our comfort zone.

  101. Melanie
    6:29 pm on July 18th, 2011

    B.Stover: It’s the stuff they use when people are exposed to anthrax.

    Siber-H: “Never trust a Siberian” huh? A Siberian what?


    You couldn’t mean a Siberian Husky . . . snicker

  102. BearSpiritDog
    6:31 pm on July 18th, 2011

    3 Packages mailed! – Our big accomplishment for the day.

  103. Melanie
    6:37 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I’ve taken a long look at the cover. I believe it is a mixture of real and art work. Chet looks like a cross between an English Shepherd and German Shepherd with some Border Collie thrown in the mix!

    If you look at the perspective of Bernie and “whomever” in the foreground and Chet next to the mine (did you notice the veins of gold running up the rock?) he is easily a 100 pounder.

  104. Melanie
    6:38 pm on July 18th, 2011

    KirbyT: Of course, you are invited up to the Pool. Sounds as if you need it! We’ll make sure you are okay, don’t forget Newfs are water rescue dogs!

  105. Rose
    6:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Took a look back at the ARC cover. I still like the official cover more. I really like the whole mystery and intrigue vibe it puts out. I also love that we can really see Chet.

    Just my humble opinion.

  106. OleyHowlers
    6:46 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Hello All. We are on the fence about the new cover. Macy said it well that it “lacks a certain edginess.”
    The ARC also had Chet out front with whomever and whomever cowering in the rear. How do we even know that is Bernie? We thought Bernie would be a bigger guy than that. He is so strong and such a good fighter after all.
    Wolfie, we think your mom still needs to talk to someone about your Dad’s medicine.
    Wookie, great news!!! Congrats!
    We finally have the “extras” ready for our package and will be taking it to be shipped this evening.

  107. BearSpiritDog
    6:49 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Going back to look at the ARC cover, I see that Bernie & Susie (?) appear on it also. Something we hadn’t noticed before…..

  108. BearSpiritDog
    7:13 pm on July 18th, 2011

    In celebration of the day’s accomplishments we visited Jack and ordered a Sourdough Bacon Burger with curly fries and a diet coke (lol). We are enjoying it now with a nice glass of Cahors.

    Note: The fast food drive-throughs now post the calories per meal. This one was revealed to be 900 plus. Living on the edge here, Folks!

  109. Siber-H
    7:23 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I see the gold! That’s neat.

    It took a more practiced eye than mine, but Melanie is correct, Chet could be a 100 pounder on the cover.

    I want what Bear is having for supper.

  110. Liz
    7:25 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Maybe Suzie has quit her job at the paper and become a partner at the LDA? I like Suzie on the cover, if it’s her.

    I didn’t expect Chet to look like that though. I thought he’d have short hair.

    Wolfie, I hope you guys are having a much better time now. That is a long walk. (I’d be mad too.)

    Wookie, great news!

  111. Gus & BooBear
    7:41 pm on July 18th, 2011

    We had just seen the cover on the Iphone and admit it looks better on the regular computer. That aquifer must be putting out lots of water to get all that green stuff growing…..but it is making us think about the story. What is happening? We wonder if we will change our mental picture of Chet now when reading to fit the picture of him on the cover??? Just pondering here…..

  112. Gus & BooBear
    7:50 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Okay. Just tried to post the answer to trivia question 1 twice and both times it says “thank you for your comment” but the post is gone, gone, gone.

    Trivia question 2:

    Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘dw’ and they are all common words. Name them (and no, dweeb does NOT count). No checking the dictionary, guys!

  113. Melanie
    7:55 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I’m listening to “To Fetch A Thief” to get ready for “Dog Who”.

    I’m almost 1/2 through, figure I’ll finished it on my way to NYC on the 30th.

    Gus & BooBear! I know one! “D’word” Right? My guys used to use it all the time.

    Time for bed. Going to try to take Patsy in to the Vets tomorrow.
    She’s still limping.


  114. Staff
    8:00 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I hope someone with a kindle can check this, but I thought that Leda had dark hair and Susie was a blonde. Just thinking here.

  115. Staff
    8:01 pm on July 18th, 2011

    And the fact that a female is on the cover means, to me anyway, that the female is very important to the story.

    That will be a change…won’t it?

  116. dawson
    8:06 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Me too!
    I know one word that starts with dw.

  117. Barb & Maggie
    8:07 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Barb has had company all day, a friend who lives about an hour away in Galena, Il. Pretty little river tourist town on the Iowa border. Anyway we are back, and trying to catch up. Barb received both of her treasures today. Pot holders, and Bee asdescribes earlier are beautiful and very nicely made. What else coming from Staff? The other treasure is a framed signed and numbered print from Sam. It says Every Dog Has His Day, and is very nicely done. Dog even looks a little tiny bit like an English Shepherd. Love both of them!

  118. B.Stover
    8:12 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Dwell, dwindle, dwarf.

  119. BearSpiritDog
    8:18 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Barb&Maggie: Don’t know if we mentioned it or not, but Skin is next up in our Netflix queue. It should arrive on Wednesday. We will let you know how we like it.

    Melanie: Poor Patsy! I’m sure the vet will have her feeling better in no time.

    B: I can’t stop thinking about what you said earlier. What if the woman on the cover is (cringing) Leda. Say it isn’t so!

  120. Debbie LM
    8:24 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Chet, the mystery of your looks has been a great part of the overall mystique! Now that we see you as a border collie?? it take a bit away. Also somehow it really brought me back to the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mysteries of my youth. Did it strike anyone else that way?

  121. Gus & BooBear
    8:41 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Debbie LM, we hadn’t thought that, but you’re absolutely right. It does have a Nancy Drew (not OUR Nancy Drew) feel to it.

    Staff, we don’t remember the hair color of either woman described. Figured since Susie’s last name is Sanchez, she would have dark hair.

    Very good, B.

    Trivia question 3:

    What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backwards?

  122. BearSpiritDog
    8:56 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Gu&BooBear; It is all too much for us and we are dosing off as will be this poor lady soon:

  123. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Lovely!…I hardly ever get to use that word on this here blog, but the cover art is lovely…sniff!…But it’s not right. I think others have touched on the problem(s}. Being Nancy Drewish is a new one though…heh!…Good one Debbie!..snort! …Part of Chet’s appeal is we don’t know what he looks like exactly, so seeing him as a Border Collie just doesn’t do it for me…sniff!…I actually thought he was a large Pug-like looking guy…snorkel!

  124. Gus & BooBear
    9:07 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Answer to question#3: Niagra Falls. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

    Guess you can tell Mom got an email today with a trivia quiz. Thought some of it was kind of interesting.

  125. BearSpiritDog
    9:12 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Debbie: Before we go – Nana loved Nancy Drew as a young girl! She went to the library and checked out 2 books at a time so she wouldn’t run out after each one in the series was finished. But, there were no visuals except in her vivid imagination.

  126. Siber-H
    9:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Gus&BooBear already mentioned this, but there is nothing intimidating about the Border Collie look. Mom says if she saw this Chet running toward her, she would be ready to play and romp with maybe a kiss on the nose afterwards.

    I knew Chet couldn’t have any Siber in him. tee hee He would have flunked out on the first day of K9 school instead of the last.

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wookie!… I forgot to say how happy I am for my good pal Wookie….whew!…What a great, great relief to know he is looking good health-wise…sniff!…He needs to lay off the donuts maybe, but that’s not a big thing…heh!…He and I can have many more photographical memories now…snorkel!

    Rockies!…Damned Atlanta Braves are in town again…grunt! …These guys are too much. The Rockies can not seem to break through their Offense or Defense…grumble!sniff! …I’m chewing on a Lazy Boy recliner arm-chair cover right now. She is on the phone lining up the two dudes who will move her furniture this Saturday…grunt!

  128. B.Stover
    9:36 pm on July 18th, 2011

    G&BB: It is interesting.

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Gus & Boobear: There’re more than three words — there are four! “Dwain” — as in “Dwain the bathtub, I’m dwowning!” Oh, wait. “Dwowning” — that makes five!!!

    Rio: Lovely?! I never thought I’d read that word under your photo!!! Are you sure you wrote that? Or was that your friend???

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Kirby!…It was me…sniff!…I have a bugged eye for Art my friend…wuffle!

  131. OleyHowlers
    10:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    We are back from shipping out our special package.
    Mom has to log into work tonite…any minute now.
    Siber, we always thought Chet had a little Sibe in him…that independent streak of him…and his wandrlust … all Sibe traits for sure.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Howlers!… My friend says she remembers being logged onto work into the late night hours when she was working IT too…heh!…Molly’s mom used to do that before she retired. Agent Molly is still our High-Tech poodle on those special Mission Ops…sniff!

  133. OleyHowlers
    10:35 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Hey Rio, have you been watching Burn Notice? We didn’t really notice much hair difference in the first episode of the new season, but wow! It was really long in last week’s episode. Still love that show tho…its the favorite show of everybody here at Howling Arabians.

  134. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:44 pm on July 18th, 2011

    It seems that several of us see a little of themselves in Chet. Personally, I never had any hope that he had any Min-pin in him. I pictured him as Wookie with a couple of generations of mystery dog stirred in, just enough to make him intimidating. Just 1/8 teaspoon of pit bull. He is totally unidentifiable as any particular breed. AND he is red-ish blond brown, with various accents.

  135. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:47 pm on July 18th, 2011

    We just finished watching Burn Notice. Not sure if it was the latest, dad had it recorded. The hair in this one was dweebish, where he was playing “the perv”.

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:49 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Hair!…Michael’s hair is extremely long compared to earlier years…heh!…Darker too!..sniff!…We are busting his butt because his character should not give a damn about such things, he as an actor must feel insecure about his “hair”…grunt!…Hence the longer, darker look…ridiculous!…His character needs a short hair cut, and Not Black…grunt!…This is a humble pugs opinion on a burnt spies hair…heh!

  137. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:50 pm on July 18th, 2011

    I t took 8 hours for dad to reach his destination. Mom says that he…well, you know. She is still not happy. At least my boys have calmed down.

    Mom and I do not agree about the cover. I like it because I want to go exploring with Chet to see what the light is all about! He should not go into that mine all alone. Nope.

    Mom LOVED the cover for TFAT. This one doesn’t really speak to her. I think it’s all that green.

    If we are not mistaken, wasn’t Bernie’s conference somewhere back east? New York?

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:53 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Heh!…Even Texas is commenting on Michaels Hair-Dee-Doo….snort!…Maybe Redbone will chime in, although, if he watches “Burned Notice”, I will indeed be sir-prized…snort!

  139. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Night!…heh!…All of a sudden she is up the stairs and off to bed….snort!…I’m left to turn of the computer and the baseball game…grunt!…Wait for me! I want on the big bed under the awesome fan too!…snort!snort!

  140. Staff
    11:01 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Two things about the cover. Well, maybe more than two. It is rather green and I am not sure I like that, but it sure gives you an eerie sense of place.
    But the two things are both about Chet. His right front foot looks like it is coming out of his tummy and his tail is way too friendly and happy. That is a fluffy tail and Chet is not a fluffy dog. Scatterbrained sometimes but never fluffy.

    I reserve my thoughts about the woman until I read the book.

  141. Staff
    11:03 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Hey Melanie,
    When you get back on in the morning give me your thoughts on the photoshopping work on ‘Chet’s’ leg, OK?

  142. Siber-H
    11:03 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Wolfie, I’m very glad your dad is safe, but we don’t blame your mom for being unhappy about it.

    I’m sure Audrey had a serious nap this afternoon.

    Good Night All

  143. OleyHowlers
    11:17 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Mom finished her work, so we are going to bed too. Cool that Macy is watching Burn Notice too. Yes, Westin playing that dweeby perp was the latest episode.

    Good nite to all.

  144. Gus & BooBear
    11:28 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Good night, all. Wonder what SQ and Admin think of the cover?

  145. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:31 pm on July 18th, 2011

    This is how we deal with the heat in Texas.

  146. Redbone Hound
    11:38 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Yo Rio, buddy! Sure I watch Burn Notice. I get a kick out of all the spy information they give. “If you ever want to break into a steel vault without drawing a crowd…” Those bits crack me up.
    And being a southern gentleman, I ain’t gonna say how much I hate the cover…I’ll just say it sure isn’t what I was looking for in a Chet and Bernie mystery. I stopped reading Hardy Boys a looooong time ago. Got no problem with having a pretty little lady on the cover, but sure don’t like the whole picture of Chet. Makes his character too much of a dog, instead of a dogminded voice of a detective.
    Not saying that every cover has to be exactly the same, but take a look at Dick Francis books, Robert Parker’s Spenser books, John McDonald’s “color” series. Different picture, but the same artistic style. Personally, I like jest seein the back of Chet’s head, next to Bernie’s shoulder – partners lookin in on the crime.
    Course, what I’m waitin for is what’s between the covers – I can always take off the blasted book jacket.

  147. Redbone Hound
    11:39 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Miz Macy – tell me that ain’t your new beau……..?

  148. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:42 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Staff: I wish you hadn’t said that about his leg coming out of his tummy. Now the picture creeps me out!

  149. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:45 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Macy: That looks like a good way to freeze your underbits!!!

  150. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:48 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Oh, and Mom was reading the leased book order for September, which includes TDWKTM. The description reads:

    “When Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at a private investigator convention, his intrepid canine companion is secretly target by the high-profile person in charge, an agenda that is complicated by a missing boy, a familiar-looking puppy and the return of Bernie’s girlfriend’s ex.”

    Mom, of course, checked off that her library should order the book!

  151. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:51 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Oh no Mr. Redbone, he was just in the news for his icy belly flop.

    Ok, this is my final word on the cover.

    Too green, too “pretty”, too Hardy Boys.

    Too much Chet, and I didn’t think it was possible to have too much Chet. Kind of like seeing Santa at home in his underwear eating pork rinds. You need a little distance from beloved characters, some mystery. Especially in a mystery!

    I can take the girl or leave her, but I would rather leave her.

    Ok, all done grousing now. If we have to we can always cover the book with a grocery bag, like back in elementary school.

  152. Staff
    11:57 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Heh heh, Macy!
    I think that is a great idea. Then we can all draw our own cover for it with our own version of Chet. And he wouldn’t have a leg out his tummy either.


  153. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:59 pm on July 18th, 2011

    Oh My Dog!!
    I was taking my last stroll around the yard and came in to discover that mom was using my name. I would never say all those cranky things about our Chet’s new book. Bad mom…just,bad.

  154. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:02 am on July 19th, 2011

    I was just looking at the cover again, and good old BearSpirit was up there too. I think Bear is closer to our image of Chet than that cover dog. Has the artist ever even read the bo

    Mom! use your own sign-in if you are going to be so fussy. Stop messing with my persona…please?

  155. Staff
    12:05 am on July 19th, 2011

    This picture of Cocoa, from our friends of Chet, is more my idea of Chet. A different color, and maybe a slightly longer hair.
    It also looks like Cocoa has been eating well, but look at the stare on her. I think Chet has that kind of stare. And the tail isn’t fluffy!

    Enough already, I am going to bed.

  156. Snowhook Bella
    12:21 am on July 19th, 2011

    Looks like everyone is turning it. I just got home and need to head out to do dog chores.

    Siber-H: ‘I do not want Chet going in there because it is too dangerous…send Suzie instead,’ made me laugh out loud.

    I’ve only had time to read the first book so I need to catch up. Time to read, time to read, must find time to read.

    Wolife: I think I’d have my hackles up a bit, too if AJ didn’t at least tell me he was okay. More hugs and well wishes headed your way.

    Wookie: I am so glad your day at the vet was positive. Tummies for everyone.

    Audrey: I do have some red and white material left over from Whitey-Lance’s dog jacket. Don’t make me use it… 🙂

  157. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:21 am on July 19th, 2011

    Staff: Yes!! Much more like it. There has to be a sense of serious private eye to Chet, along with a sense of doggieness, and of faithful companionship. and BTW this is ML. I don’t want Her Highness to get her tail all in a twist again. Belle is our curly tail here and that is enough. Speaking of tails, two words: too wonderfluffy. Not as smooth as Macy’s but… Ok, I am done getting all poodled up. nite-nite. Macy already went to bed, with a strangely ashamed look on her face.

  158. Snowhook Bella
    12:24 am on July 19th, 2011

    Staff: I almost forgot—Linda received the cat handbag today and all reports are positive. She and her husband immediately transfered her must-have purse items into it. She loves it!

    If I recieved a new handbag I can imagine AJ saying something along the lines of, “Why do you need such a big bag for your chapstick and your ID?” Men…he obviously doesn’t understand the need for backup chapstick, or a backup to your back up.

  159. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:53 am on July 19th, 2011

    Ve say big phooey on cover. Chet is Dog of Mystery – not some silly Lassie or Rin Tin Tin who say “follow me – I show you vhere you need to look”.
    Natasha vould NEVER allow such image shown on book about Vorld’s Best Undercover Spy!

  160. Sheila
    9:29 am on July 19th, 2011

    I love the cover, and Chet looks just rightt, brave the curios, representing the best of many breeds, all in one.

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