Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

If They Were All Like You (Song For Chet)

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December 8th, 2018 Posted 7:58 am

Are you ready for this? A real song! And it’s in HEART OF BARKNESS – the next Chet and Bernie novel, coming in July. Our agreement with Publishing Diktat Inc. requires us to mention that it’s now available for pre-order.

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Beginnings (More)

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December 2nd, 2018 Posted 7:42 am

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Now we’re onto the short stories. There are 4 Chet and Bernie short stories, all available digitally. The fourth – so timely! – is SANTA 365, in which Chet and Bernie encounter – or maybe personify? – the Christmas spirit. And for newcomers – the C&B series can be read in any order, no problem. If you want to start with the next one (HEART OF BARKNESS, coming July 2), feel free!

“There’s no Santa Claus,” Charlie said.

“Who told you that?” said Bernie.

“Esmé.”

“Who’s Esmé?”

“At school.”

“Well,” said Bernie, “everyone has their own opinion.”

“It’s not an opinion, Dad,” said Charlie. “It’s a scientific fact.”

“Oh?”

“From a scientist.”

“Any scientist in particular?”

“Groucho Marx.”

“Esmé told you that?”

“Uh-huh.”

“Know much about Groucho Marx?”

Charlie shrugged his skinny little shoulders. “He was a scientist and he said there ain’t no Santa Claus.”

“What do Esmé’s parents do?”

“Drive her to school. Pick her up.”

“I meant for a living.”

“Like you’re a private eye?”

“Yeah. Like that.”

“I don’t think they’re private eyes,” Charlie said.

“Why not?”

“They’re rich.”

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Beginnings (More)

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November 25th, 2018 Posted 7:51 am

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Now we’re onto the short stories. There are 4 Chet and Bernie short stories, all available digitally. The third is TAIL OF VENGEANCE, also known as the Teitelbaum Case, an episode in their career which Chet recalls more than once in the series, and always with horror. And for newcomers – the C&B series can be read in any order, no problem. If you want to start with the next one (HEART OF BARKNESS, coming July 2), feel free!

“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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Obligatory Pub Date Announcement …

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November 6th, 2018 Posted 7:18 am

… in keeping with my agreement with Soul To The Devil, Inc.

RUFF VS. FLUFF (1st in the new Queenie and Arthur middle-grade series – adults with need fake ID) – March 26, 2019. Cover below.

HEART OF BARKNESS (the new Chet and Bernie) – July 2, 2019. Cover art coming soon. (And the preliminary version looks pretty darn good!)

Both are now available for preorder (as per section 7, subparagraph 3, STTD Inc.).

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