Posts Tagged ‘paperback’

Mrs. Publicist Steps In


January 18th, 2022 Posted 8:27 am

Hi, everybody! Mrs. P here. I noticed the following in a five star review of It’s A Wonderful Woof, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel: “Normally I wait for the paperback of a series to be published, but with Chet and Bernie I have to get the hardback. End of story (as Chet would say).”

Very nice to see, but for those of you who stick to your paperback guns, the most recent C&B in paperback is Of Mutts And Men. For newcomers to the series, you could always start there! The series – I very recently learned – is written in the continuous present, and thus (if I got this right) can be read in any order! Did you know there’s a Proustian way of looking at the narration in C&B? And that in many respects it conforms to the literary theories of Viktor Shklovsky? Tell that to your highfalutin friends!



Pub Day


August 4th, 2020 Posted 7:56 am

Today is pub day for the paperback of Heart of Barkness, the Chet and Bernie novel before Of Mutts and Men. (The C&B series can be read in any order.) Here’s a little something from the book that has “day” in it, although not “pub.”

“What was he looking for?” Bernie said. “And did he find it?”

I had no answers, didn’t even know who “he” was. Bernie gazed at the walls. They were hung with posters, all of them showing a blond woman, usually dressed like a cowgirl, sometimes standing before a mic, sometimes playing a guitar. I came very close to recognizing her! “Old Lotty Pilgrim concert posters,” Bernie said. Of course! And I’d practically gotten there by myself. My mind wasn’t quite on fire, but almost. I was having a very good day.




August 2nd, 2020 Posted 7:42 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 paperback, which normally would have been published before Of Mutts and Men, the most  recent Chet and Bernie, got moved from June to August 4 – this Tuesday! – on account of the current situation. In case you’re wondering, the C&B series can be read in any order!

“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.


Now in Paperback!


April 26th, 2018 Posted 8:41 am


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