I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays to the the max! Sunday is when we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. On Christmas Eve we found ourselves drinking a very tasty wine made exclusively from the Mourvedre grape, which is kind of unusual in the wine world apparently, and reminded us of certain developments in the plot of Of Mutts And Men. So here’s how that book starts:

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

Chasing down perps is what we do, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, Little being Bernie’s last name. I’m Chet, pure and simple. When it comes to chasing down perps, rooftop chasing is what you might call a specialty within a specialty, if you see what I mean. And if you don’t then … then actually I’m right there with you. The point is that rooftop chases don’t happen often, so when they do you’ve got to enjoy them with all your heart. No problem. Enjoying with all my heart is one of my best things, right up there with leaping and grabbing perps by the pant leg.

There are two kinds of perps who get involved in rooftop chases. The first kind – and most perps are the first kind – realize pretty quick that it’s game over unless you’re up for doing something daring, and they’re all dared out by that time: you can see it in their eyes. The second kind of perp believes somewhere deep down that he can fly. What we had on this particular warehouse rooftop in the most rundown section of South Pedroia, which is the most rundown part of the whole Valley, was the second kind of perp.




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4 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:48 am on December 26th, 2021

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    1:20 pm on December 26th, 2021

    Greetings and a good day after Christmas to all!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    6:12 pm on December 26th, 2021

    Hey , all!
    Hope holidays were happy for all.
    It is amazing how time flies.
    Chet, keep an eye out for those perps!

  4. mlaiuppa
    7:27 pm on December 27th, 2021

    Mine were about the same as my birthday which is to say I would have been better off it there was no Christmas. It would have been a lot less work.

    I did manage to finally get the leathercraft stuff. It had been promised to me three times over the last three years. This year when my Mom cried about not being able to shop or get anyone anything I told her no, I did not want a gift card. I wanted the leathercraft stuff. Of course, I didn’t get it and in fact got nothing. So as reminded I mentioned it and my sister said “I know where it is” and she found it and brought it down. In about four trips as every time I told her, that is isn’t all of it and described more. She eventually found it all. I think there may be one more bag up there but I’ll look for it when I put away the Dicken’s Village houses.

    I gassed up my car, did their grocery shopping for the week, picked up my curbside order from JoAnn’s (I’m old now so going to make some granny square afghans) and managed to pay the balance on the hardwood floor installation even though Cole’s was closed today.

    I was too tired to go home so spent one more night at my parent’s house.

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