Title Contest Reminder

The seventh Chet and Bernie mystery (Fall 2014) takes place in Washington, D.C. The Little Detective Agency gets caught up in a lethal conspiracy with international implications that reaches the highest levels of power. A perfect title for this story would have been The Dog Who Came in from the Cold. But it’s already taken! (By Alexander McCall Smith.) Any suggestions out there? Email spencerquinntitles@gmail.com with your title ideas in the subject line between 10/30 and 11/13.

PS – There’s a Russian angle!

Welcome Boone (with splitting headache), Rio & Caesar, Annie.


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97 Responses to “Title Contest Reminder”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:19 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! Let’s have a sane Saturday for a change!

  2. B. Stover
    9:25 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Chet and Bernie involved with spies is going to be unusual. I think we need a sneak peek whenever available.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wrotten Kats Basil and Sage
    9:25 am on November 2nd, 2013

    What? And give up “show” business?

  4. O'Howlers
    9:34 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Good morning! We just got caught up on last evening’s posts. Nana emailed? Wow Wow Wow !!!!!

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:40 am on November 2nd, 2013

    OK, so no sane Saturday here. Mom was folding laundry. We (Pookey and Lucy) were minding our own business laying on the sofa in the great room when a soaked Dufus Darah ran in and shook all over. She then circled the room, ran in and out of mom’s bedroom and back out…3 times. Mom is just finishing the mopping. She is going to have a splattered Saturday 🙁

  6. Melanie
    10:13 am on November 2nd, 2013

    B. Stover wants a sneak peek? The sky is falling. The sky is falling!

    I will be dashing in out out of the cover of the quilt today. Sure wish I could sleep.

    YSAS’s table arrived today. Tom, one of our go-to guys, came and put it back together. It’s beautiful. His Great great grandfather had it made. There might be another great in there.

    I’m going to hunt down BearSpiritDog and grab a nap.

  7. The Pack
    10:51 am on November 2nd, 2013

    For our little sister, Darah. Love, The Pack

  8. Barb & Maggie
    11:10 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Good one Melanie.

    Off to the store to buy a baguette for the sausage appy that is being take to the birthday party next door later today.

    For those interested: brown 1 lb. breakfast sausage(such as Jimmy Dean), add 1 cup parm. cheese, 1/2 cup each sour cream and mayo, 4-5 chopped green onions. Pour into casserole dish and bake 350 for 30-35 min. Serve with the sliced bread rounds. Yummy

  9. Pancho & Lefty
    11:18 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Our Lady fell asleep last night much earlier than normal. One minute she was awake and then the next thing she knew it was a few hours later. Has that ever happened to you?

  10. Siber-H
    11:18 am on November 2nd, 2013

    gasp, Russia….Natasha might be in the new book. A subplot in the book could be she is looking for her borrowed sports car. I hope not. I do not want Chet and Bernie on my tail.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    11:19 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Newf Pack: Don’t know why mom was laughing so hard. I have tried to live up to every one of those (except the snow,am waiting for this winter). -Darah the desinging, drooling, dufus, darling dawg.

    B&M: Mom says she is doing breakfast for dinner. Hash brown casserole and a corn and (turkey) bacon frittata.

  12. Melanie
    11:20 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Ummm, that’s YSAS’s GGGpaw, not Tom’s.

  13. Staff
    11:51 am on November 2nd, 2013

    Melanie did a ‘Staff’ Heh
    I was wondering whose great great it was. Pretty sure it was not Tom’s. I didn’t think he was that much a ‘go to’ guy. snicker.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    12:01 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    GAH! Those misplaces modifiers and dangling participles will kill y’all (though we haven’t seen the latter in a while), especially if our HRH B finds them.

  15. Pancho & Lefty
    12:27 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    SiberH: When Russia was mentioned we immediately thought of Natasha, Vorld’s best spy, too. If Chet and Bernie are on your tail, you can hide out here. It’s a perfect plan to get them to visit the kennel.

  16. Siber-H
    12:30 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Pancho&Lefty, Thanks. Your place would be the most fun place in the world to hide out.

  17. B. Stover
    12:34 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    I’ve been having fun explaining the difference between anthropomorphic and personification to a friend.

    And I have a new Merlot: Charles Smith, Columbia Valley, Mattawa, Washington.

  18. Tyb
    12:44 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Congratulations to Hubert. I wish you a great month of November. Here’s a blank; you can fill in the days with good happenings.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    12:45 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    HRH B: Is it like, “the tree’s hands” would be personification BUT “The tree screamed, threw its hands int the air and ran”? i.e.: people-like qualities vs people’s behavior. (seeing if any brain is left)

  20. Pancho & Lefty
    12:55 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Tyb: Thanks for the calendar for this month. We always lilke it when you post on this here blog. Blou looks great in the photo.

  21. B. Stover
    1:13 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    HOH: The basic difference is that an anthropomorphic figure is animate (a “being”) and given human form. (In Greek mythology the gods are anthropomorphic figures.) Personification is a figure of speech basically used in literature and gives human emotions to inanimate (non-being) or abstract things. (In “Ode To The West Wind” Shelley calls the wind “Destroyer and Preserver” and, of course, the wind has no such motivation.)

  22. Herd of Hounds
    1:21 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    HRH B: Thanks, it’s been awhile and the brain was foggy.

  23. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    1:42 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    So – is about time some von understands Natasha and makes book for her to be famous. Of course, is not great for Vorld’s Best Undercover Spy to be in Times in New York Selling Best list, but is true many exploits deserve fame.
    Natasha is vondering if this means going on book tour signing vith Vorld’s Greatest Author vhen new book comes out. Ve vill try to beg off; is bitch trying to get ink out of pawprints after

  24. Barb & Maggie
    2:11 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Off to the neighbor’s b-day party with the wee folk. BBL

  25. Kat
    2:18 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    We just got home from MaPaw’s Open House. I never saw so many of my kind before. I played with every husky there! Now Mama Meash and Daddy Deem are crashed, but not me. I could still play, play, play!

    We are all going out to play again!

  26. Herd of Hounds
    2:27 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Lucky Kat, does it get any better?

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:51 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Title!….Yeep!…I’ve got to get a move on and come up with at least 2 more titles…sniff!…The Russian angle is an interesting clue…wheeze!…One I can work with, yes!…snort!

  28. Kat
    3:02 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    If there is a Russian angle, there must be a Sibe named Katrina in the next book! Rio, Just send in the title Kat the Dog. I am pawsitive that one will win.

  29. SnowBella
    3:12 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Grump! I am at a loss for titles.

  30. Melanie
    3:43 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    I know it perturbs me when the meteorologists talk about the angry Hurricanes.

    Jeeze Louise, everyone KNOWS Mother Nature is not one with which one fools. snicker

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    3:56 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    With WHOM one fools

    tee hee

  32. Pancho & Lefty
    3:59 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    We’re not sure if it is correct grammar, but we think what we say about Luna is also fitting with Mother Nature: Don’t mess with mama.

  33. Kat
    4:18 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    P&L, The same can be said about my Mama Meash. Are Meashka and Luna twins?

  34. Pancho & Lefty
    4:32 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Kat: We have no reason to believe they are not twins. Both have a firm paw, a loving way and like treats. Sounds like twins to us.

    Rio: There is an incoming message to Mission Control. Please check your SDD.

  35. Princess Sam
    4:34 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    When we have our time change tonight, finally we will be back in sync with this blog.

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    4:42 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Tonight??? We thought it was tomorrow…..

    We would have been ahead of the rest of the world.

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:45 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Change!….Damn the Time Change…grump!

  38. Herd of Hounds
    5:28 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Mom says just change all the clocks BACK 1 hour when you go to bed (except, of course, most of Arizona). Then when y’all wake up and look at the clock , y’all will know you’ve lost yer minds! HATE TIME CHANGES!

  39. Melanie
    5:29 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Zoë and I have decided tosplit the tome difference. We’re moving the clocks back 30 minutes and never changing them again.

  40. Chickens
    5:29 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rio, Tell us about it. We will be waking up alone and going to roost alone. That equates to no treats and no yard time. Bleh

  41. Herd of Hounds
    5:44 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Poor chickie, chickie, chickies! Oh and speaking of chickies, B&M, tell Barb when she gets home from the GRANDS evening, that this foto is for her. It is mom’s Frittata she made for dinner (and brunch tomorrow). Used leftover veggies instead of just corn and added turkey bacon. We thought it was delish!

    The recipe was in the BH &G cookbook.

  42. O'Howlers
    5:47 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    This is us us us and us at MaPaw today. The 4th us is our pal Cherokee.

  43. Kat
    5:50 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    And me me me!

  44. O'Howlers
    5:52 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    HOH, Mom’s drooling over that frittata.

  45. Junior
    5:57 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Kat: You are beautiful. I asked my Lady if I could have a life size photo of you printed along with several wallet sizes. Pancho and Lefty are murder on wallets.

    More to Kat: What are you doing around, oh say, March?

  46. Princess Sam
    5:59 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Look at Kat’s long long legs!

  47. Wrotten Kats Basil and Sage
    6:06 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    We’re glad to see that Cherokee is doing so well.

    Ok, ok – we’ll change the clocks tonight even though it means we have to sleep a whole extra hour.

  48. O'Howlers
    6:21 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Whew! We just won by the skin of our teeth! Irish!

  49. Herd of Hounds
    6:43 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    OH: What a great looking group! Looks like y’all had a nice time today. Mom says she is sorry to make your mom drool but we say, “Bring it on, drool is one of nature’s miracles!”.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:15 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Wheeze!….Back from walking…cough!…I am told I will be walking in the dark from now until baseball season starts again…grump!…That is a very long way off.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Bah!….Why are Chickens posting to me?…grunt!

    Hercule!…She put in a Hercule Poirot dvd…snort!….The Third Girl. Someone here has read that book plenty of times but do you think she can remember the story?…heh!

  52. Macy the min-pin
    7:51 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Hey Rio, snacks to go with your bowl of beer!

    http://www.RicksKnifeShop.com has added to Rick’s Canine Corner Cheese Ale Beer-Bones™ Dog Treats by Cohiba. Check it out! Peanut Butter and Harvest Pumpkin Also.

    Beer-Bones™ are unique all natural dog treats made with some of the same grains that beer is made from. Now you and your dog can sit back and enjoy a beer together after a long day! Made in a one-man brewery, AMUK Brewing, Beer-Bones™ are sure to please. Beer-Bones™ contain spent brewing grains, peanut butter, flour, and eggs with no preservatives–just delicious yummy treats for your best friend. People tested, dog approved. What every dog really wants after a ‘ruff’ day!

    Ingredients: Spent brewing grains (sampling used includes: American Pale Malt, Golden Promise, Breiss Crystal), Cheese, Whole Wheat Flour, Eggs

    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 18% (Min), Crude Fat: 5.74% (Min), Crude Fiber: 4.12% (Max), Moisture: 4.71% (Max)
    Serving Size: 3.5oz (100g)

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Wow!….Beer bones!…snort!….Wow!

    Prayer!…I do thank the good Lord for Beer Bones, but I also want you all to know I will be posting a prayer for Nana and Melanie right at 9:00 EST…snort!…I did not write the prayer, it was written by Rebecca, but she is away from her computer right now…wuffle!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Dear Creator,

    We offer this prayer with hearts full of thanksgiving. We are grateful for many reasons. Like all those that make up our Chosen Family, Nana is a treasure to us and one we want to hold tight. Thank you for helping her to heal, allowing her lift up her arms in victory against her ills, and for her continued improvement. We are also grateful for her son, Scott. Thank you for your hand in guiding him to care for his mother. We are grateful for his willingness to keep us—strangers to him, but not to his mother— updated. We love him for loving her.

    We ask for the continued restoration of health for our Dear Nana. Please make her body strong and her recovery swift. Please cradle her with care as we are separated by distance, but not by heart. We also ask you to cradle and care for our Dear Melanie, too. Please bless that both will feel our love, our support and our friendship. We ask to guide and direct their medical providers that they may receive proper care along with compassion. Both are dear to us.

    Creator, the Quilt of our Chosen Family has had much use as of late. It has sheltered, warmed, and comforted those who need it in short passes of time and those who must stay longer than any would like. Bless each of those who need healing of heart, head or health whether we are aware of their ills or not. Please bless they will feel our support and friendship. Hold them dear for they are dear to us.

    Creator, thank you for bringing our Chosen Family together.



  55. O'Howlers
    8:02 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen. Sniff

  56. Herd of Hounds
    8:04 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen. And we second that sniff.

  57. Princess Sam
    8:04 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Here I am on a trip to pick up cupcakes for a dinner Mommy is going to tonight. Pay no attention to that other dog.

  58. SnowBella
    8:06 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rio: Thank you for posting the prayer since I’m away from my computer, and thank you for your addition to the prayer. Wheeze!

  59. Princess Sam
    8:06 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Oops, I wasn’t paying attention to the time. Sorry for the interruption.

  60. Wose
    8:07 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen. sniff

  61. Siber-H
    8:07 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen Thank you for the lovely, heartfelt, prayer, Rebecca. Nana and Melanie are both dear to our hearts. We have never met either one of them, but they are important people in our lives.

  62. O'Howlers
    8:07 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Bella. That was a beautiful prayer. Mom sent it along to Scott.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rebecca!…While you are away from your computer remember to give Junior extra grub and extra ear and eyebrow scratches…snort!

  64. dawson
    8:13 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen! Thank you SnowBella and Rio for the prayer.

  65. Herd of Hounds
    8:17 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Our mom is certainly the life of the party! She is yawning her head off while moving 9 household clocks back to 8 pm. Sheesh, what a wild woman!

  66. Kat
    8:18 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    I can give Junior a rub or two.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rebecca!….Also while you are away from your computer be sure to warn Junior about the dangers of Kats…sniff!…They are wily and they will try to take all his money…or whatever he has…sniff!

  68. Macy the min-pin
    8:27 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Amen from Texas, too.

  69. bluecat
    8:38 pm on November 2nd, 2013


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    8:38 pm on November 2nd, 2013


  71. Kat
    8:40 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rio! I do not even know what money is. I just like Junior because he is so sweet and such a gentleman.
    (Whispering) And did you know he is a for-real Iditarod finisher?!!!

  72. Siber-H
    8:44 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Howlers, Tell your mom thanks for sending the prayer to Scott.

  73. Mac
    8:49 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Someone out there want to tell me what has gotten our Melanie sniffing? Youse guys wearing perfume? All I know is when she was reading this blog she woke me up with her sniffing and snorting. She’s worse than Frank.

    Here at The River our Pack wants BearSpiritDog back. Even that Masquers. He is one cool dude Kat.

    Well, some good looking, nothing but legs young lady is sitting on Melanie holding her down. Hmmm, that is one fine looking sweetie. Now if I can just dodge Mattie, I might help that young lady . .

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Sniffel!…I think The Third Girl is one of Agatha’s best…snuffle!sneeze!

  75. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Mac: you hound!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Mac!…The Newf!…heh!heh!…Mac is Clarkson’s dawg if I remember correctly…snort!….What a guy! Both Mac and Clarkson!

    Say!…Has Clarkson heard about the Wash D.C. theater job yet??…wheeze!

    OoooMelanie!…Did you give my book idea for you a second glance last night?…heh!….”Grass”, it’s not what it seems….wheeze!

  77. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Mom is dawg tired so she is making us go nighty night. Rio we hope you have someone to talk to tonight.

  78. Junior
    9:23 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Kat: Luna says we can go on a play date as long as either she or your Mama Meash chaperone us.

    Rio: My Lady did give me extra loves today. It has been too long since I’ve seen her. She gave me scritches and scratches, and told me that my eyebrows are safe whatever they are.

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    9:25 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    We haven’t been able to refresh or post til just now.

    So- thank you Bella and Rio for the beautiful prayer. We are sure that your heartfelt words will be lifted to the Creator

    Meanwhile, we will plan to lift a beer bone in toast to Nana when she is home, healthy and happy!

  80. Luna
    9:30 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Mama Meash: It’s true. I’ve given Junior permission to see Kat again. He hasn’t talked about anything else since the pictures were posted earlier today. Junior is a good boy, but Pancho and Lefty have been teasing him, and educating him about the birds and the bees all afternoon. I caught them drawing diagrams for an extensive flipchart presentation—Surprisingly, they are quite artistic. Who knew? There is no need to worry about Junior—I’ve set him straight.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Lift-Up!….A Beer Bone!….snort!…I like it! I hope I get some for Christmas and beyond…wooooo!…I may have to compose a letter to Rick and use my friend’s name and credit card…wuffle!

    Crafty!…My friend went to a HUGE holiday arts and craft thing today at a HUGE church…snort!…She bought herself a purse hand-made by an 84 year old woman…sniff!…And a hand carved bear that is fishing…grunt!…She said it reminded her of Beau for some reason…grump!…She bought two huge homemade cinnamon rolls because they reminded her of ME!…heh!heh!…All in all she had a great time at the really big show!…snorkel!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Pancho!…n’ Lefty, artistic???…sniff!… I would have ta see it to believe it…grunt!

  83. Luna
    9:42 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Rio: I’m glad your friend had a really good time. She deserves to treat herself.

  84. Pancho & Lefty
    9:45 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    We are thieves of many talents.

  85. Mama Meash
    9:52 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Luna, I will be glad to have my Kat take a turn with your Junior. I have no trouble keeping Kat on her best behavior, as I’m sure you do with Junior.
    But for now, it is nighty night, and I have sent her to bed. Good night to you all.

  86. Mama Meash
    9:53 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    It seems my avatar went to bed without me. Gah!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Kat!…On her best behavior…snort!…This is a good thing for my Junior…heh!heh!…If only I could believe it….grunt!

  88. Junior
    10:12 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Yark! I have it all planned. First, Kat can help me look for my eyebrows, and then I’ll show her the ropes of running with the team. We can run side by side on a training run. After the run we will have water and dine on meat and kibble. It will be great!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Teenagers!….grumble!snort!….What’s an old pug to do?…sniff!spit!

  90. Junior
    10:37 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Senior: Do you have any advice for me? (whispering) I really want Kat to think I’m cool and not just because I life in Alaska.

  91. Junior
    10:40 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Is it appropriate to head bump at the end of the date? Should I share my water dish with her or make sure she has her own? How do I introduce her to the rest of the team? These are things that I don’t know.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Junior!…Play hard to get. Never spend any of your hard earned treaties on her…sniff!…Never tell her she is beautiful. Never make her feel special..grunt!…Then you will be just like me, your old single paw. ….wheeze!

  93. Tupper and Gilly
    10:42 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Junior – how could you be anything BUT cool in light of who you were named for.

    Too bad you aren’t Royal though. Kat seemed to like us Royals.

    And now to bed – we are meeting a sewing machine lady tomorrow so we can get a machine that Staff will come get from us.
    That definitely makes it worth the trip!

    G’night all

  94. Staff
    10:45 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    I am so glad we had a special prayer for Melanie and Nana and all the rest who know or don’t know that they need a prayer. That would be all of us I guess. snicker

    My favorite picture is of Mama Meesh. She is such a happy looking dog! Made me laugh just to see her smile.

    Nighty noodle all youse guys and Liz, good morning.

    Extra hour of sleep. I am up for that!

  95. Junior
    10:48 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Senior: The Giant says I can take all that advice under advisement. He has offered to help me with the finer details of wooing.

    T&G: Not royal! This is something else to make me worry. I don’t think I will sleep tonight.

    Nighty noodles.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Junior!….Grunt!…Right, just go to the Giant when you disagree with what I tell you…grumble!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:26 pm on November 2nd, 2013

    Michener!…Well, we have been watching Jim Michener’s, Hawaii….sniff…But it goes on and on and on and on….gasp!…I do believe we will have to rent the whole set of DVD’s – 500 of them to see the whole movie…grunt!…That guy was big on detail…heh!…Goodnight!

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