Hi! Katy here…for a change! (But Kim has some news about a challenge she entered at the bottom of this post)
Kim was given a Nook reader some time ago and she just loves, loves, loves it. (Thank you Julianne & Bob) She is an avid reader, so she really appreciates having a limitless number of books right at her fingertips. I feel that way about treats!
Kim doesn’t know it, but I can read, too. I’m afraid if she discovered this fact, she might send me out to work, so let’s just keep this information between us, okay?
We just finished reading (I read over Kim’s shoulder and she doesn’t even have a clue. Yes, I am that good ;-), “Dog On It” by Spenser Quinn. We had never heard of this author, but decided to take a chance and purchase it because there’s a dog in it and it was listed as s Mystery/Suspense, Kim’s favorite genre.
In Kim’s words, it was a delightful surprise. Without realizing this was the first book in a series, we got lucky in selecting it. The story centers on Bernie Little, a struggling private investigator, and his faithful sidekick, Chet. The twist is that the story is narrated by Chet, himself. The way Chet tells the story takes an average mystery and turns it into an engaging and delightful to read adventure from a dog’s eye view. If you haven’t read any of Spenser Quinn’s books, I suggest you start with this one. Chet has his own blog if you want to check it out here. In the meantime, here’s a little snippet as only Chet could tell it:
Bernie was gazing up at the sky. A beautiful night—soft breeze, lots of stars, lights twinkling down the canyon, and what was this? A new tennis ball on the lawn. I went over and sniffed it. Not one of mine, not anyone’s I knew.
“Wanna play fetch?”
I pawed the thing. How did it get here? Cooped up all day, but I’d kept an ear cocked, except for when I dozed off, of course.
“Bring it here, Chet.”
I didn’t want to, not with this stranger’s smell on it.
But I never said no to Bernie. I gave the ball a lick or two making it mine, then took it over to Bernie and dropped it at his feet. Bernie reared back and threw the ball up the canyon road.
“Uh-oh—where’d it go?”
Where’d it go? He really couldn’t see it? That never failed to surprise me, how poorly he saw after the sun went down. I tore after the ball, bouncing up the middle of the road in plain sight, got my back feet way forward and sprang, totally airborne, snaring it on the short hop, the way I like, then wheeling around in one skidding motion and racing full speed, head low ears flattened by the wind I was making, and dropped it at Bernie’s feet, putting on the brakes at the last moment. If you know something more fun than this, let me in on the secret.
We can’t wait to read the second in the series, but first we want to read Tess Gerritsen’s latest novel, “Die Again”. If you watch USA Channel’s Rizzoli & Isles TV show, you are familiar with her work as that show is based on her novels. But we can talk more about Tess Gerritsen after we finished her latest book.
Anyway, in honor of those of us who are avid readers, we’re sharing a book themed card with you. Actually, it’s a friendship card with a detachable bookmark. Kim saw this clever idea and knew she just had to try it herself. Please click on the card to see the inside with the detachable bookmark.
It’s Kim, stepping in to say I’m sharing this card in the “Amusing Challenge-Anything Goes” offered by Chris Franco at Blessings Ink, an A Muse Independent Consultant (isn’t that a cute name for a blog about stamping?). I just happened upon this, so I didn’t have the time to use A Muse stamps, but they sure do have some great stamps, ink, paper and everything to go with them…going to have to do some shopping through Chris soon! If I win, I’m eligible for a drawing for A Muse’s Sweetheart Sequin Mix…ooh, all that sparkle!
Here’s the recipe for those who are interested:
Base is DCWV Card Stock Assortment Pack, Mat is Stampin’ Up’s Wild Wasabi card stock and DSP, Strathmore Water Color paper for images
Certainly Celery and Sycamore Street/Tangerine Tango
Stampin’ Up Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Glossy Accents and Liquid Applique