Without a doubt the most original mystery series currently available. – Stephen King

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of all the Peter Abrahams books including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker – mostly so we can use that word! Moniker!

Today – The Sound and the Furry:

“One thing’s for sure,” the lawyer said, handing Bernie our check, “you earned every cent.”

Bernie tucked the check in – oh, no – the chest pocket of his Hawaiian shirt, just about his nicest Hawaiian shirt, with the hula dancers and the trombones, but that wasn’t the point. The point was we’d had chest pocket problems in the past, more than once. And possibly more than twice, but I wouldn’t know, since I don’t count past two. What I do know is that checks have a way of falling out of chest pockets.

“What’s he barking about?” the lawyer said.

Bernie glanced at me. “Just wants to get rolling,” he said. That wasn’t it at all: what I wanted was for Bernie to put that check in his front pants pocket where it would be safe. But then I realized that I did kind of want to get rolling. Wow! That was Bernie, knowing my own mind better than I did. And I knew his exactly the same way!


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11 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    12:26 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Great beginning.

    Good afternoon all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:33 pm on May 31st, 2020


    This beginning always makes me laugh!

    Good afternoon to all!

  3. Hobbit
    7:38 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Sometimes I can read Sadie’s mind and sometimes she can read mine. Kats are another animal entirely. I am sad to report that none feel like I am the smartest person in the room.
    And they are right.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on May 31st, 2020

    CHobbit!…snort!..You just give in too easy…heh!heh!

    Gardening!…Someone here is aching and stiff because of all that gardening yesterday…yeeep!…It was one of the first nice days in weeks so therefore she took advantage and is paying for it now…gah!…Me, I am fine I laid in the shade and tisk-tisked after the 2nd hour of watching. Then a rest and then another hour or more of bending an chopping. No wonder there is pain and suffering…snuffle!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Rose!….Since Eyes and Noses still have not been delivered to our doorstep, my friend took it upon herself to attempt to make her own Eyes…guff!…She is trying to finish the purple Kat she made after the Rabbit…sigh!…Things in the crocheting world were hard today, I do not know why exactly….wheeze! …The Kat does have eyes and even a bow on her head and a necklace…sniff!…The bow is on trial. It may be taken off at some point…grunt!…At least we were inside today and not outside with the flies and whatnot…sneeze!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Staff!…This is for you! My friend had one milkweed plant last year and no butterflies. She saved the pods from the plant and spread them in the same area…snort!…This year there are several very healthy milkweed plants already way over a foot high…yeeep!…She is so excited because this will attract the monarch butterflies to lay their eggs and then the caterpillars will hatch and eat the milkweed and then turn into cocoons and then evolve into glorious beautiful Monarch Butterflies….sigh! …I will record it all with my little kamera this summer….snort!…Beau will enjoy this too!…heh!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:13 pm on May 31st, 2020

    RIO! I would love to see photoz of the Wabbit and Kat!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Rose!…If the sun shines thru tomorrow I will take some photoz…snort!…My friend says “no photos till the Kats nose is finished” …so there is that…grunt!

  9. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:30 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Sneeze!…Wait! Wot will I enjoy?…sniff!…I will enjoy when dose Thieves come back to Bible Studies…an I will enjoy when I can take it easy and watch butterflies hatch out of cocoons…sneeze!

  10. Beau - The Black Pug
    10:34 pm on May 31st, 2020

    ….wiff a nice bowl of tea an some of dose digestive biscuits…cough!sneeze!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on May 31st, 2020

    Hair Cut!…My friend was so fed up with her hair she did an improve self-cut….heh!heh!…Just her bang parts which were driving her nuts. She took her crochet scissors and took off over 2 inches of hair…yeeep!…Not sure about whether she is happy or not about the out cropping…chorkel!…At least she can see I guess…guffle!

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