Peter Abrahams (American author)

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Peter Abrahams (born June 28, 1947) is an American writer of crime fiction for both adults and children. His works include Oblivion, The Tutor, The Fury of Rachel Monette, Hard Rain, The Fan, Crying Wolf, The Right Side (written under his pen name, Spencer Quinn), the Echo Falls Mysteries for children, and Lights Out, the last of which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel."Reality Check' won the best young adult Edgar Award in 2011. "Down the Rabbit Hole", first in the Echo Falls series, won the best children's/young adult Agatha Award in 2005. The Fan was adapted into a film starring Robert De Niro and directed by Tony Scott (1996).

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 lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He is married and has four children including Rosie Gray.[2] He graduated from Williams College in 1968.

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,[3] 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.[4]

Chet has his own website,[5] 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. Heart of Barkness (2019)

All 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. ^ "Abrahams, Peter 1947–".
  3. ^ Not to be confused with the Spencer Quinn who wrote the song "May Day" for a Mae West album
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