Posts Tagged ‘The Right Side’

A Note From the Writer


June 20th, 2019 Posted 7:30 am

Not long after Scents and Sensibility, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel, came out – actually that very day! – I began getting emails written in all caps, like this: “YOU HAVE BERNIE DYING? THAT’S CRUEL. WE ALL WANT CHET & BERNIE TO GO ON FOREVER.”

Uh-oh. I’d had no intention of ending the series or offing Bernie. I’d had an idea for a different kind of book I wanted to write – the book that became The Right Side – and I can’t write two books at once. So, I thought, how about leaving Chet and Bernie in a cliffhanger situation for now, just a bit of a tease?

Oh, boy. In the intervening time lots of new readers seem to have found the series, so the emails – and messages on social media – just keep coming. Therefore I’m very very happy to say that the new C&B, Heart of Barkness arrives July 2, 2019. There’s no need, by the way, to have read any of the earlier books first. Chet’s the narrator and that kind of rigid sequentiality is just not him.

The Chet and Bernie stories – for those of you new to them – are not cozies. There’s darkness, and the pain of life is felt not just by Bernie but by Chet, too. But – and I think this is part of the appeal of the series, if I may say so – he quickly springs back to his reset position, and that position in one of a lover of life. Is that why I often hear from readers who say Chet and Bernie have helped them through hard times? That’s been a huge and humbling surprise to me.

Heart of Barkness is all about loving life. It’s also about the ruthless, the dangerous, the scorned, country music, and … and mathematics:

“What’s so interesting?” Bernie said. Then came something that had never happened before, kind of a shock. He set his glass on the desk, walked over, and … could it really be? Bernie got down on all fours and … whoa, stop right there! From out of nowhere I suddenly understood four, having never gone past two in my whole life. One, two, four! I’d cracked the code at last!

Welcome – or welcome back – to the world of Chet and Bernie.



One of Those Interesting Things …


February 25th, 2019 Posted 4:14 am

… that can happen in what my grandmother always called “the writing game.”


Posted in Chet The Dog

Random Amazon Review We Like


January 28th, 2019 Posted 8:59 am

5.0 out of 5 stars – New direction for Spencer Quinn – January 27, 2019

“This was the first Spencer Quinn book I’ve read that wasn’t about Chet and Bernie, and I was very pleasantly surprised with this new direction.

Spencer Quinn is a great writer, his books are well thought out, and believable, even those with the narrative from a dog’s perspective.

The Right Side is a more serious novel, about the difficult life journey of a young woman who was terribly injured while serving in Afghanistan. A real page turner, exciting right up to the last page.

I highly recommend this book.”


Friend of the Month Reminder


December 31st, 2018 Posted 7:46 am

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


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