Peter Abrahams (American author)

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Peter Abrahams (born June 28, 1947) is an American writer of crime thrillers. His works include Oblivion, The Tutor, The Fury of Rachel Monette, Hard Rain, The Fan, Crying Wolf, Last of the Dixie Heroes, the Echo Falls Mysteries, and Lights Out, the last of which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel.

His literary influences are Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, and Ross Macdonald. Stephen King has referred to him as "my favorite American suspense novelist".[1]

Born in Boston, Abrahams previously lived in Ottawa and worked as a CBC television producer. He is currently living in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod with his wife and children.

Echo Falls Mystery Series[edit]

Abrahams has started a series for younger readers called the Echo Falls Mysteries. There are currently three books in the series: Down the Rabbit Hole, Behind the Curtain, and Into the Dark. They are all based around teen super sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill who, inspired by her role model of Sherlock Holmes, solves mysteries throughout the series.

Chet and Bernie Mystery Series[edit]

Writing as Spencer Quinn,[2] Abrahams is the author of the Chet and Bernie Mysteries. These stories are told from the point of view of Chet, Bernie Little's canine partner in the Little Detective Agency.

It was not initially known that Abrahams was Quinn. It took some work by journalists to determine who "Quinn" really is.[3]

Chet has his own website,[4] and is on Facebook.

Chet and Bernie Bibliography:

  1. Dog On It (2009)
  2. Thereby Hangs a Tail (2010)
  3. To Fetch a Thief (2010)
  4. The Dog Who Knew Too Much (2011)
  5. A Fistful of Collars (2012)
  6. A Cat Was Involved (2012 e-book)
  7. The Sound And The Furry (2013)
  8. The Iggy Chronicles, Volume One (2013 e-book)
  9. Paw and Order(2014)
  10. Tail of Vengeance (2014 e-book)
  11. Scents and Sensibility (2015)
  12. Santa 365 (2015 e-book)
  13. (publish date to be determined)

Several of the books have been released as Audiobooks read by Jim Frangione.

Bowser and Birdie Series[edit]

A middle school mystery series featuring 11-year-old Birdie Gaux and her dog Bowser.

  1. Woof (2015)
  2. Arf (2016)
  3. Bow Wow (2017)


  1. ^ Anderson, Patrick (August 4, 2003). "Wake Up and Smell the Sagebrush". The Washington Post. Stephen King calls Abrahams his "favorite American suspense novelist" -- and if you can't trust Stephen King, whom can you trust? 
  2. ^ Not to be confused with the Spencer Quinn who wrote the song "May Day" for a Mae West album
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