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Beginnings

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February 16th, 2020 Posted 10:15 am

On Sundays we take a look at the beginning of a Peter Abrahams novel including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about the start of a book that isn’t even out yet, the next Chet and Bernie novel – Of Mutts And Men? (Coming July 7 but now available for preorder.)

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

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January 26th, 2020 Posted 8:29 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Politics seems to be in the air these days, so how about A Fistful of Collars, a Chet and Bernie mystery where some political shenanigans are going on?

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.

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January 19th, 2020 Posted 8:40 am

On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since today’s a big day in the world of football, how about Behind the Curtain, second in the middle-grade Echo Falls series? Football is important in the story – and I love writing football scenes! (This series is aimed at the upper end of middle-graders, say to age 96 or so.)

[“… Abrahams’ exceptional overlay of detail, especially descriptions of the particular stresses and the goofy occurrences that mark Ingrid’s experience as an eighth-grader, makes the story very convincing as the action builds.”
– Booklist, Starred Review]

Ingrid Levin-Hill sat in math class, her mind wandering pleasantly.

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January 12th, 2020 Posted 8:36 am

On Sunday we do beginnings – taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams book including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. In the Chet and Bernie series, the Teitelbaum divorce case comes up from time to time – a nightmare that Chet, the narrator, can’t forget. For the actual case itself, please see Tail of Vengeance, an e-short story that starts like this:

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.”

We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

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