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From This Week’s Publishers Weekly


July 18th, 2012 Posted 8:04 am


Publishers Weekly Reviews A Fistful of Collars.


July 4th, 2012 Posted 8:32 am

The pseudonymous Quinn’s fine fifth Chet and Bernie mystery (after 2011’s The Dog Who Knew Too Much) finds Bernie Little and his dog, Chet, of the Little Detective Agency, strapped for cash. Fortunately, Mayor Trimble of the Valley, their hometown in an unnamed western state, has a job for them. The avaricious mayor, who has launched a Millennial Cultural Initiative to attract the movie business, has managed to land the next blockbuster action flick featuring megastar Thad Perry. Trimble wants Bernie to keep an eye on Perry, who has a history of substance abuse. The assignment gets off to a rocky start when the actor challenges Little to a fistfight at their first meeting. Some murders that coincide with the filming ensure that the unusual detecting partners have additional work to do. Once again, Quinn (thriller author Peter Abrahams) effectively uses a dog narrator while avoiding the sentimentality that marks many animal-centered cozies.

Welcome Millie the gopher hunter.

R.I.P.: Andy Griffith. Anybody ever see No Time For Sergeants?


Publishers Weekly On Robbie Forester And The Outlaws Of Sherwood Street


December 4th, 2011 Posted 8:30 am

Edgar Award–winner Abrahams (Reality Check) shifts gears slightly, adding conspiracies and superpowers to the mystery mix in a loose contemporary update of the Robin Hood legend, set in Brooklyn, N.Y. Seventh-grader Robyn, aka Robbie, witnesses a dying homeless woman drop a charm bracelet as she’s taken onto an ambulance, and the bracelet causes Robbie to manifest strange powers in times of stress. She has plenty of stress coming her way when she learns that the homeless shelter where she and her mother volunteer is being closed, thanks to rent gouging by mysterious millionaire Sheldon Gunn, who is employing Robbie’s mother’s law firm to help him. Gunn is also behind attempts to close other local institutions, and when Robbie shares the secret of the bracelet with her frenemy, Ashanti, and her former classmate, Tut-Tut, they are all drawn into a fight for justice. Abrahams strikes a successful balance between whimsy and serious issues caused by economic injustice, while keeping the action and mystery moving forward at a brisk pace. Ages 10–up.  (Jan.)

Welcome park-playing dude, prospective interns, and a Chet!

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: The Dog Who Knew Too Much


July 23rd, 2011 Posted 9:40 am

“Near the start of the pseudonymous Quinn’s outstanding fourth Chet and Bernie whodunit (after 2010’s To Fetch a Thief), Anya Vereen asks PI Bernie Little to pose as a friend of hers and accompany her to parents’ weekend at Big Bear Wilderness Camp, where her son, Devin, is a camper. Anya, who fears that her ex, Guy Wenders, also slated to attend, will cause trouble, hopes that Bernie’s presence will prevent “unpleasantness.” The investigator reluctantly accepts the job. At the camp, he and Chet, his faithful dog sidekick, find themselves with a very different problem to solve after Devin disappears while on an overnight. Chet’s tracking ability comes in handy, but the search quickly takes a violent and unexpected turn. Quinn (suspense novelist Peter Abrahams) manages to sell the conceit of a literate canine narrator by dint of intelligent writing and on-the-mark pacing and tone. (Sept.)”

Sidekick? That’s what, exactly?

Welcome Kita and Daisy. Heavenly one, please retry.


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