Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

What’s In A Name?


February 15th, 2019 Posted 8:24 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about we get to HEART OF BARKNESS?

Mrs. P: The next Chet and Bernie, coming July 2 but available now for preorder?

Pete: That’s the one! Specifically, there’s Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters, a has-been country music star.

Mrs. P: Country music? Bernie’s a big fan – as are you, I hear.

Pete: True. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, you might say – well, a bit too on the nose. But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose.

Mrs. P: I understand she sings a Song For Chet.

Pete: Spoiler alert!

Mrs. P: In that case, see you next month for more of What’s In A Name!


Meet Travis and Oakley!


February 1st, 2019 Posted 8:20 am

The random number generator speaks: “Travis and Oakley!” That makes Travis and Oakley Chet’s Feb. friends of the month. Their human companion gets a signed advance reader copy of HEART OF BARKNESS, the next Chet and Bernie novel. Next month this could be you! Check out the FB page for details. R#G does the rest. R#G is resting now – so many great photos coming in. The nation within is full of beauty.


Friend of the Month Reminder


January 31st, 2019 Posted 7:35 am

Last day of the month already! Care to be Chet’s friend for February? Check out the FB page for details. Prize (singular) galore! Psst – it’s a signed advance reader copy of this:


Found Dialogue (Marie Antoinette Division)


January 26th, 2019 Posted 7:56 am

Sometimes it’s right out there. The writer doesn’t need to do a thing. The Wall Street Journal has a section called Maison on Fridays, featuring the fanciest pants houses in the land. Of a Tuscan compound in Beverly Hills on the market for $72M after a big rebuild, we come upon this:

“When they first saw the original house on the site, ‘I said I thought the architect should be shot,’ Mr. Dunn said, noting that the best views were from the maid’s room.”

Perfect! Now just imagine that Mr. Dunn is saying that to Bernie. And we’re off!

For more on Bernie’s takes on life, we’ve got this coming:



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