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What’s In A Name?


April 15th, 2022 Posted 7:30 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Pete and I discuss a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. Hi, Pete. Bike ride this morning?

Pete: A little wet out there. I’ll hit the gym instead.

Mrs P: And get even stronger?

Pete: Can you imagine?

Mrs. P: I was thinking today we could do the name of a non-human character. There are so many in the series.

Pete: And naming them is always fun. The name says something about the namer, of course. Take Capitol Hill, the racehorse in Tender Is The Bite. Thoroughbred names – a fascinating subject on its own. Man O’War! Red Rum! Anyway, Capitol Hill is owned by Caroline Wray, wife of Senator Wray, up for reelection, whose ambitions are important to the plot. The senator’s ambitions, but Caroline turns out to be the brains, and more. The name of the horse is all about entitlement and power – and so are the Wrays. But it turns out Capitol Hill isn’t quite measuring up on the track. And in the eyes of Caroline, neither is the Senator.

Mrs. P: Meanwhile Chet had his own take, horses to him being prima donnas, every one.

Pete: He always does.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!



What’s In A Name?


March 16th, 2022 Posted 7:32 am

Mrs. Publicist: Middle of the month and time for what’s in a name, where Pete and I discuss a character name from his Chet and Bernie series. How about Torquemada the tortoise? Although he doesn’t appear in real time in the upcoming Bark To The Future – pub date 8/9 and preorderable now under the Constitution – Chet does refer to him more than once,  a bad memory it seems.

Pete: Yes, the Torquemada case was one of their worst. The whole thing came to me at once, in a sort of tangled ball that I only sorted out after the fact. Tortoises are not creatures you’d think of as scary, but Torquemada, leader of the Spanish Inquisition at its worst, was very scary. So there was that. Plus they both start with the same three letters. I love that kind of thing! There’s fun to be had in this business. And then there’s the matter of the case itself, where –

Mrs. P: Whoa! Let’s stop right there. Folks will have to read the book to find out. That’s Publicity 101. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!



What’s In A Name?


February 18th, 2022 Posted 8:11 am

Mrs. Publicist: A few days late but let’s do What’s In A Name, where Pete discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. How about Ms. Pernick, the accountant for the Little Detective Agency. For those who don’t know the series, Bernie’s last name is Little, hence the name of the agency. I don’t believe Ms. Pernick has actually appeared yet, but she’s been mentioned several times, including in It’s A Wonderful Woof, the latest C&B novel. Does Ms. Pernick have a first name?
Pete: Not that I know of. Yet.
Mrs. P: Why Pernick?
Pete: Well, it’s kind of the nucleus of persnickety. Which is maybe what you don’t want in an accountant, but it’s what you need.
Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you on the Ides of March for the next edition of What’s In A Name.

What’s In A Name?


January 15th, 2022 Posted 8:03 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when we discuss a name from the Chet and Bernie series. Good morning, Pete. It’s eleven degrees out there so I’m assuming no bike ride today.

Pete: Don’t bet on it.

Mrs. Publicist: Hmm. Before you go then, what character name should we talk about today?

Spencer Quinn: How about Brando?

Mrs. P: The cat belonging to Thad Perry, the troubled and troublesome movie star in A Fistful of Collars?

Pete: Exactly.

Mrs. P: Described initially by Chet as follows: “Yes, a cat. Not particularly little, by the way, in fact, kind of monstrous.”

Pete: That’s the one. In terms of plot, Thad Perry turning out to be a cat person is a big red flag, certainly in Chet’s eyes. But the name itself says Hollywood, entitlement, self-satisfaction. Plus there was a feline aspect to Marlon Brando – I’d go so far as to say feminine, but let’s omit that – and that fit nicely. Of course Marlon Brando was one of those movie stars who was actually an artist, and Thad Perry turns out – maybe surprisingly – to be that type, too. So there you have it.

Mrs. P.: Thanks, Pete. Dress warm. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!


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