Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’



April 26th, 2020 Posted 11:21 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. How about Heart of Barkness, the most recent Chet and Bernie? The paperback publication has been moved from June to August on account of the current situation. But of course it’s available in hardcover, digital, and audio formats, in case waiting for the paperback is too bothersome.

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once. Rick opened the passenger-side door of the black-and-white. I hopped in, sat up nice and tall, totally alert, ready for anything. Was my tongue hanging out? Possibly. I got most of it stuffed back in. We have standards, me and Bernie, just one of the reasons that the Little Detective Agency is so successful, except for the finances part. It’s called the Little Detective Agency on account of Bernie’s last name being Little, but we’re equal partners, Bernie handling the gunplay and the so-therefores and me bringing other things to the table. Maybe we’ll get to my teeth a little later.


An Amazon Review We Like …


April 14th, 2020 Posted 8:03 am

… because it makes a certain point that maybe some non-readers of C&B might be interested in seeing.

Avid Rdr on Heart of Barkness:
5.0 out of 5 stars – Mea Culpa – March 30, 2020

“Since crime series with canine characters have been popular for several years, I have read about 6 of them. Some are very well done, some are so-so. I intentionally skipped the Chet & Bernie series because the premise (the narration done by the dog…really?) just seemed too cutesy and silly. A few weeks ago, out of sheer desperation and because of the consistently high ratings, I bought the first book in the series. Well, I just finished Book 9! The narration is light hearted, but also wise. The investigations are complex enough to maintain interest without being tedious. I am so glad I gave this series a chance and look forward to reading more. Thank you Mr. Quinn.”



Southington Reads!


March 10th, 2020 Posted 8:08 am

A whole town reading Chet and Bernie! What if there was a law that all towns had to do the same?



Random Amazon Review We Like


March 9th, 2020 Posted 8:53 am

Tia Lee on Heart of Barkness (March 7):

I LOVE these books! The author has a magical way of describing dog behavior perfectly. The humor is wonderful, the stories are good enough to eat and the characters…well, damn, I wish Bernie really existed! (and Chet, of course!)


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