Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness promo’

Not Beginnings


June 30th, 2019 Posted 7:46 am

On Sundays we usually do beginnings, but with Heart of Barkness coming on Tuesday – and we did the beginning 2 weeks ago – how about a random taste from inside the book?

The door opened and in stepped – oh, no. A robot. I knew robots from a visit I’d made to the science fair at Charlie’s school. “Let’s see if we can get Robie to scratch Chet between the ears,” some kid had said. And the next thing I knew I was back outside in the car.


Attention Shoppers!


June 28th, 2019 Posted 7:03 am

Heart of Barkness, the new Chet and Bernie novel, comes out on Tuesday. That means there’s still time for the canny among you to take advantage of the publisher’s preorder offer and get the new Chet and Bernie short story – called Upper Story for reasons that will become apparent – for free. Free! One of the best words in the language! Although canny is also good.


Heart of Barkness on Tour


June 24th, 2019 Posted 7:37 am

Looking forward to meeting actual flesh-and-blood readers in the actual non-virtual country out there! (You can also find this list at under events.)

FALMOUTH, MA/CAPE COD, MA Tuesday, July 2 – 7:00 PM Eight Cousins 89 Main St Falmouth, MA 02540

WESTERLY, RI Wednesday, July 3rd – 7:00 PM Savoy Bookshop 10 Canal St Westerly, RI 02891

HOUSTON, TX Tuesday, July 9th – 6:30 PM Murder By The Book 2342 Bissonnet St Houston, TX 77005

SCOTTSDALE, AZ Wednesday, July 10th – 7:00 PM Poisoned Pen 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

LITTLETON, CO/DENVER, CO Thursday, July 11th – 7:00 PM Tattered Cover Aspen Grove 7301 S Santa Fe Dr Littleton, CO 80129

WICHITA, KS Friday, July 12th – 6:00 PM Watermark Books & Café 4701 E Douglas Ave Wichita, KS 67218

HINSDALE, IL/CHICAGO, IL Saturday, July 13th –1:00 PM (Hinsdale Humane Society & Frugal Muse) 21 Salt Creek Lane Hinsdale, IL

ORANGE, CA Sunday, July 14th – 2:00 PM Book Carnival 348 S Tustin St Orange, CA 92866

CHATHAM, MA/CAPE COD, MA Tuesday, July 16th – 1:00 PM Yellow Umbrella Books 501 Main St Chatham, MA 02633

CONCORD, NH Thursday, July 18th – 6:00 PM Gibson’s 45 S Main St Concord, NH 03301

FAIRFIELD, CT Saturday, July 20th – 12:00 PM Fairfield University Bookstore Sidewalk Sale & Street Fair 1499 Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06824




June 23rd, 2019 Posted 8:24 am

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of all the Peter Abrahams books including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker – mostly so we can use that word! Moniker!

Today – The Sound and the Furry:

“One thing’s for sure,” the lawyer said, handing Bernie our check, “you earned every cent.”

Bernie tucked the check in – oh, no – the chest pocket of his Hawaiian shirt, just about his nicest Hawaiian shirt, with the hula dancers and the trombones, but that wasn’t the point. The point was we’d had chest pocket problems in the past, more than once. And possibly more than twice, but I wouldn’t know, since I don’t count past two. What I do know is that checks have a way of falling out of chest pockets.

“What’s he barking about?” the lawyer said.

Bernie glanced at me. “Just wants to get rolling,” he said. That wasn’t it at all: what I wanted was for Bernie to put that check in his front pants pocket where it would be safe. But then I realized that I did kind of want to get rolling. Wow! That was Bernie, knowing my own mind better than I did. And I knew his exactly the same way!


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