On Sundays we do beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™ As you may know, the Chet and Bernie series can-be-read-in-any-order™. Same thing applies to the C&B short stories. (The next short story, The Numbers After Two, was specially written to accompany Tender Is The Bite, the upcoming novel. You can find the link in the June 16 post.) Meanwhile, here’s the start of Tail of Vengeance, the short story about the notorious Teitelbaum divorce.

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.”

We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.


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8 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:10 am on June 20th, 2021


    Wishing all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day!

    I always laugh out loud at the line “breaking rocks in the hot sun.”

    Enjoy the day!

  2. B. Stover
    11:23 am on June 20th, 2021

    Good day to all.

  3. dawson
    12:01 pm on June 20th, 2021

    Happy Father’s Day to Chet and Bernie.

    Sunrise today 3:59. Sunset 10:25.
    Happy Summer Solstice at 8:32 pm MST.

    Enjoy the day!

  4. dawson
    12:04 pm on June 20th, 2021

    Even if you are “stuck with living the tailless life.

  5. dawson
    12:05 pm on June 20th, 2021

    Oops, end quote.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    3:18 pm on June 20th, 2021

    YES! Happy Father’s Day especially to Bernie, Chet and PASQ.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on June 20th, 2021

    Favorite!…Cover Art of all time!…snort!snort!

  8. Hobbit
    11:58 pm on June 20th, 2021

    Anchorage has officially 19 hours 21 minutes of daylight but it doesn’t really get full dark. Fairbanks has two additional hours of daylight in the summer. In the winter Fairbanks ends up with two additional hours of darkness. When I first moved to Anchorage, it was very noticeable that Anchorage had more light during the winter.

    I had guests last week and as soon as they left the weather turned cold and gloomy and rainy. Sadie is eating better and is happier. She does like cooler weather. It looks like she will be a happy dog for the foreseeable future!

    Good night everyone. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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