Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

Beginnings (More)


October 14th, 2018 Posted 8:36 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. Here from 2015 – #34, SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY, most recent in the Chet and Bernie series – which can be read in any order (see Bureau of Imagination Regulation section 18, subsection 22). HEART OF BARKNESS comes July 2.

[“Light-hearted, humor-filled…the ending of this book is especially touching. Most readers will want to read it over (and maybe over yet again, to be sure they are understanding it). It’s beautifully written and very emotional.” (]

Home at last! We’d been away so long, first in swampy country, then in a big city – maybe called Foggy Bottom – that confused me from the get-go. Is there time to mention the air in both those places before we really get started? Soggy and heavy: that sums it up.

Where were we? Was it possibly … home? Yes! Home! Home at last! Our home – mine and Bernie’s – is on Mesquite Road. Mesquite Road’s in the Valley. Quite recently I might have heard that the Valley’s in Arizona, but don’t count on that. What matters is that right now I was inhaling a nice big noseful of Valley air. Light and dry, with a hint of greasewood and just plain grease: perfect. I felt tip top. Bernie opened our door, kicked aside a huge pile of mail, and we went in.




October 13th, 2018 Posted 8:39 am

We’ve just seen a preliminary version of the HEART OF BARKNESS cover art. Although we can’t show it to you (Bureau of Imagination Regulation section 73, subsection C (5)) We think you’re going to like it!




October 12th, 2018 Posted 8:24 am

This one is starting to come up (for obvious Conradian reasons): “Is there a river in it?” And the answer is yes! Sort of! There is a river, although almost totally dry except for a puddle. Chet enters it and has a realization. (HEART OF BARKNESS – July 2. According to the Bureau of Imagination Regulation, it is now available for preorder.)


Public Service Announcement


October 11th, 2018 Posted 8:38 am

Here’s a public service announcement from the Bureau of Imagination Regulation: The Chet and Bernie series can be read in any order. (But if you want to start with DOG ON IT, first in the series, this recent Amazon customer review might be of help: “We all need a lift. You don’t have to be a dog lover to love this series (although I am). Chet the dog, in his unique narrative style, aptly tells of his compelling adventures with his partner, P.I. Bernie Little of the Littlle Detective Agency. Together, these two sleuths solve their cases with great aplomb and lots of doggy humor thrown in. I needed a break from heavy, sad tomes and this series does the trick. I’m already on number three of the series and have every intention of completing the entire set.”) [Note – HEART OF BARKNESS is the newest book in the series, coming July 2. Available for preorder.]


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