Beginnings + Sneak Peek


September 8th, 2019 Posted 10:02 am

On Sundays we do beginnings – the first paragraph or two from a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. For one thing, this gives us a chance to trot out the word moniker, a strange one of uncertain derivation. Today’s beginning is also a sneak peek. Paws vs. Claws, the second in the middle grade Queenie and Arthur series, comes out Sept. 17. Here’s how it starts:

“Bad news, pussycat,” said Bertha. “No cream today.”

No cream today? Had I heard right? Well, that’s not a real question. Of course I’d heard right. My hearing is as good as it gets. Everything about me is as good as it gets. My looks, for example, are off the charts. I’m a thing of beauty from my gold-flecked button nose to the tip of my snowy tail. And my eyes! I’ll make this simple: When you gaze into them, you never want to stop. That’s happened to me so often—in fact, every time I come upon a mirror.

There are no mirrors in our kitchen, here at the Blackberry Hill Inn. I prefer rooms with mirrors but I make an exception for the kitchen. Every morning when I wake up I take an elegant little stretch—very different from the clumsy stretches of a certain other party who inhabits this place and whom you’ll probably meet later, nothing I can do about it—and I glide down off the top of the grandfather clock in the front hall and make my way here, where Bertha, the cook, is standing by to serve me fresh cream in a pretty china saucer, white with a gold border. This saucer is known to everyone as Queenie’s saucer. I’m Queenie, in case you haven’t guessed. I hope I’m not going too fast, although if I am, don’t expect me to do anything about it.


In Person!


September 7th, 2019 Posted 7:56 am

Not a robot facsimile! Next Saturday at 1 PM we’ll be at the Barnes and Noble in Framingham Mass. Talking Heart of Barkness, Chet and Bernie in general, and … and whatever comes to mind!


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Song For Chet and You


September 6th, 2019 Posted 8:36 am

Want to buy or stream Song For Chet (the song from Heart of Barkness, the new Chet and Bernie novel?) This link takes you to all the major sites (Spotify, CDBaby, iTunes, etc.) and works from any device – laptop, phone, tablet.


Hoku: More


September 5th, 2019 Posted 9:25 am

More on Hoku, Chet’s September friend of the month, thanks to human companion Kathy Lam:

“Thank you for selecting Hoku (“star” in Hawaiian) to be your photo of the month. He is about 10 years old, rescued in 2010, and is a Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix. He became a therapy dog that same year, visiting many children and adults. The highlight of Hoku’s therapy dog career came when he became the San Diego District Attorney’s Office’s first volunteer court dog, where he comforted children who were going to be testifying in court against their abusers. He loved each of his kids so much! Now Hoku spends his retirement catching up on the Chet & Bernie books. His hero is Chet, but he loves the antics of Iggy because he thinks he is his twin! Thanks again!”


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