Friday, September 14, 2012

Well, Thursday and Sandie's Latest Elevator Pitch

Some Thursdays just don't work out, so I'm glad you're all patient. By the time I get home from work, do the book giveaway, post it on DorothyL and Twitter, email the winners, and pack up the books, I can finally eat dinner around 7 PM. Then, I'm "supposed" to finish a book and get it blogged. That didn't work this week. Here's what I'm finishing, and I'll review it as soon as I get it done. It's Spencer Quinn's latest Chet and Bernie mystery, A Fistful of Dollars. I had hoped to get to the Poisoned Pen on Saturday to see Spencer Quinn and William Kent Krueger. But, instead I'm attending a community meeting on Saturday, invited to represent the library.

Since Sandie already discussed one of the authors I'm missing on Saturday, I'm going to use her elevator pitch about the Chet and Bernie books. She'll give you a little background, and I'll be following up with a book review. Thanks, Sandie!

Sandie's Elevator Pitch

Photo: Pub Day! A Cat Was Involved. An e-story all about how I met Bernie. Available for download all over the place!
Chet and Bernie must have become sidekicks in 2009 since that’s the year Bernie’s Little Detective Agency began.  Chet failed to graduate from the police academy, but he’s got a nose to sniff out trouble … and the tasty morsel.  Beginning with DOG ON IT, this series of fast-paced and funny books is narrated by Chet, Bernie’s canine partner and best friend.  After Bernie got divorced and lost custody of his son, Chet started riding shotgun for stakeouts in Bernie’s beat-up convertible.  Two very different authors give two fabulous blurbs:  “Spencer Quinn speaks two languages -- suspense and dog -- fluently. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and in a few places terrifying. My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore and put your paws on this enchanting one-of-a-kind novel.” --Stephen King   and from Cathleen Shine:  “I love this book. I devoured it in one night. It is like Philip Marlowe working for Mma Ramotswe from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency spun out by Charlotte on her beautiful web.”
Readers will be instantly captivated by Chet’s doggy ways and his endearingly hard-boiled voice. Full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief, he is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding, is enormously likeable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way. There’s genuine suspense and intrigue, combined with humor and deep insight into the bond between dog and man.  So far they’ve been through five adventures penned by Spencer Quinn who is really Cape Cod’s author Peter Abrahams who lives with his dog Audrey.
The Chet and Bernie Series: 1-DOG ON IT, 2-THEREBY HANDS A TAIL, 3-TO FETCH A THEIF, 4-THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and this week (9/11) published 5-A FISTFUL OF COLLARS also includes an e-book short story original published in August: A CAT WAS INVOLVED.  Remember back to when Chet failed the leaping test at the Police Academy?
You can keep up with Spencer Quinn, Chet and Bernie at

A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn. Atria. 2012. ISBN 9781451665161 (hardcover), 309p.


Rosemary Kaye said...

Lesa - don't panic! It's just great to read Sandie's reviews too, and we all know how busy you are. Even if you only reviewed 1 or 2 books a week, I know we'd all still be more than keen to read those reviews - we won't desert you! And I really like those occasional days when people tell us what they're reading - all these things go towards making your blog such a good one.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Rosemary! I'm not panicking. I just like to thank all of you now & then for being faithful readers. And, I like to let you know why the blog might be a little unexpected. I'm glad you enjoy those pieces & Sandie's pitches. Thanks, Rosemary!

SandyG265 said...

I enjoy your blog and Sandie's posts too. Don't feel like you have to post every day when life gets busy. I enjoy the days when everyone talks about what they are reading too. I've found a couple of books to add to my TBR list that way.

Lesa said...

Great, Sandy! There's another one of those days coming up on Sunday! That's the day that was suggested.

Jane R said...

I have been vaguely aware of this series and I'm pretty sure I even have the books on my "to be read someday" list. Since I'm a dyed-in-the-wool dog lover, I believe I'd better hunt up these titles and get busy. Thanks for the great post, Sandie!

Lesa said...

Dog lovers will certainly appreciate this series, Jane. You'll love Chet. I've always said, he's such a dog.