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Chetspeak on Sunday

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September 22nd, 2013 Posted 9:15 am

We rode up to the stilt house and I saw that the front part was a deck. A sign was nailed to one of the stilts. Bernie read it: “Beware of Iko.” A wiry dude with a bushy white mustache walked onto the deck and looked down at us. That mustache brought it all back: this was the dude who’d bought Mami’s crabs. So there I was totally in the picture. What was next? Something good: I just had the feeling. Then I noticed the gun in his belt and wasn’t quite as sure.

Bernie cut the motor, reached out and got a grip on one of the stilts, holding us steady.

“Hey,” he said, looking up at the wiry dude.

The wiry dude put his hand on the gun butt. Guns and hands: I watch them real close. “Lookin’ for someone?” he said.

“That’s exactly it,” Bernie said. “And maybe you can help. I’m Bernie Little and this is Chet.” Bernie took a quick glance at that gun. “Are you Iko?”

The wiry dude squinted down at Bernie. Then he laughed. “You’re not from around here.”

“True,” said Bernie.

“Where you from?”

“Arizona.”

Ha! We were from Arizona? I’d wondered about that.

– from The Sound and the Furry. On page 93 of the 6th book in the Chet and Bernie series, Chet finds out they’re from Arizona. Spence sometimes reads this passage at his appearances.

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Food Truck on the Bayou

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June 24th, 2013 Posted 8:24 am

Madame Publicist: I understand that The Sound and the Furry, the new Chet and Bernie mystery, coming in September, takes place mostly in Louisiana. There’s lots of good eating in that part of the world.

Spencer Quinn: And Chet and Bernie stumble upon a food truck they like very much. In fact, the food truck guy turns out to be a friend – at an important moment, he replaces something Chet has lost.

MP: What sort of something?

SQ: No comment at this time.

MP: Does it have anything to do with Iko?

Silence.

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What’s In A Name?

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June 17th, 2013 Posted 7:14 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, and time for What’s In A Name, where we discuss the whys and wherefores of the names of various characters in the Chet and Bernie mysteries. Today – how about Iko, the name of a rather menacing character from the forthcoming novel The Sound and the Furry?

Spencer Quinn: Since most of the story takes place in New Orleans and bayou country, the music of Louisiana was in my mind the whole time I was writing. And everybody knows the old Mardi Gras song, Iko Iko.

Ms. P.: Which is all about revelry.

SQ: Yes.

Ms. P: While the character Iko is not about revelry.

SQ: Very much not. But I think the word Iko derives from ecoute, the French for listen, or listen up, pay attention, and when the character Iko’s on the scene, Chet learns you really do have to pay attention.

Ms. P: Or else. Thanks, Spence. The Sound and the Furry comes out Sept. 10.

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