Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

What’s In A Name?


April 19th, 2018 Posted 7:23 am

Mrs. Publicist: Past time for this month’s What’s In A Name, where Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books. Pete, we’ve never done place names. You make up a lot of places – the Valley, say, in the Chet and Bernie mysteries, 0r –

Pete: Or St. Roch in the Bowser and Birdie middle-grade series!

Mrs. P: Which, I should point out, adults with fake ID are also reading. Tell us about naming St. Roch.

Pete: Well, Birdie and her family live in bayou country, so I wanted something French. And St. Roch is the patron saint of dogs. The series is narrated by Bowser. And while there is a St. Roch section of New Orleans, there’s no St. Roch in Louisiana.

Mrs. P: So – a perfect storm.

Pete: I think of it as a perfect calm.

Mrs. P: See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name. Maybe the readers have a suggestion.


Random Amazon WOOF Review We Like


July 10th, 2015 Posted 7:34 am

Five Stars – Tonard, Mais Ca C’est Bon! – July 9, 2015.
S. C. on WOOF:
I am a HUGE fan of the “Chet & Bernie” series. I’ve read them all as well as listened to them on audio. So, my boys were happy when I could read “Woof” to them as a family read-aloud. Oh, and I’m Cajun, from Louisiana, so that was a plus. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

(Question from Admin: meaning of “tonard”, anybody?)



Gone Fishin’ (3)


January 23rd, 2014 Posted 10:35 am

“What did you catch yesterday?” Spence says.

“A redfish po’boy with tomato bisque,” says Admin.

“Good job.”


Paw and Order (Corrected!)


November 26th, 2013 Posted 8:46 am

“Anything you can tell us about the next Chet and Bernie mystery, Paw and Order?” Admin says.
“Besides the fact that the title is the easiest to remember since Dog On it?”

“Well,” says Spence, “if you remember the last book, The Sound and the Furry, ended with Chet and Bernie about to leave Louisiana and head for home. In Paw and Order they reach a crossroads – turn left for home but right for Washington DC where Suzie, Bernie’s girlfriend, works as a reporter. Bernie is struck by an idea.”

“And then?”

“And then a whole adventure starts happening.”

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A mistake in the first version of this post? Yes, and a doozie! Our only excuse is that we’re rushing to get ready for a flight that will almost certainly be delayed. But speaking to a broader issue, every single post here on this blog is written by Spence or Admin, almost always in concert. 


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