Reading notes, week 50

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December 12: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers. Didn’t remember that it seems to end at about 55% and then there is a whole new mystery novel in the second half. (The first half isn’t so much a mystery as a comedy of manners and/or errors, with a really convoluted wild-goose chase.)

December 10: Undisclosed canon for emergency Yuletide pinch hit. I’m pretty well-versed in it but never concentrated on these particular characters before. Finished the story, will disclose all on Yuletide author disclosure.

December 7: Lord Peter Views the Body (short stories). Wasn’t really sure it was what I wanted, but once I’d started there was nothing against finishing. — Some of the stories seem to be exercises for later novels: fishing in Scotland in The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach, a man murdered on a beach and a professional dance-partner in The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face. The latter also features a Miss Twitterton, whose completely unrelated namesake comes back in Busman’s Honeymoon. And The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention has brothers called Haviland and Martin; the alias of a villain in Have His Carcase is Haviland Martin. (This is the kind of thing one only notices on an umpteenth reread.) (While knitting, which seems to be good for both reading concentration and knitting progress. First half of cardigan is done.)

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