On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Today’s a no brainer: It’s A Wonderful Woof, the first Chet and Bernie Christmas/holiday novel (the second being the newly released Up On The Woof Top). Why a no brainer?Because for today only, the digital version of It’s a Wonderful Woof is on sale for $2.99 as part of a Winter Reads Goldbox promotion! Whatever that means! The important part is the $2.99. With inflation that approaches zero, the ideal price for anything if I’m remembering my Econ 101 right. Here’s how It’s A Wonderful Woof begins.

The Muertos throw the best Christmas party in the whole Valley. The Valley’s where we live, me and Bernie. It goes on forever in all directions, and is almost certainly in Arizona, based on things I hear from time to time. That’s not important. Is it important that the Muertos are the roughest, toughest biker gang around? Maybe to you, but not to us. The Little Detective Agency deals with the roughest and toughest every day. Little is Bernie’s last name, I’m Chet, pure and simple, and the agency’s just the two of us. Why would we need anyone else? That’s the important part.