|An English Christmas would not be complete with a good murder or two.|
The idea began with Susan who was making the decorations for the Christmas tree. Her decorations are miniature covers of books, all of them in English and from the British Isles.
Jon has contributed a Rupert Bear Annual but otherwise he is not well represented on the Christmas tree as he reads things like A la recherche du temps perdu which Marcel Proust wrote in French. It is a book in which nobody gets killed. In fact very little happens at all.
|Bertie Wooster stories first published in 1923.|
I got curious about some of these titles and looked into them more. As I might have guessed The Recipe Book of the Mustard Club was anonymously written by Dorothy Sayers in 1926 when she was working as a copywriter for S H Benson, the advertising agency handling the J & J Coleman mustard account. The editor was Sayer’s husband Atherton Fleming who wrote newspaper columns under the name ‘Gourmet’ and originated and tested many of the recipes. The contents include Fish Stories by Miss Di Gester; In Praise of Pig by Lord Bacon; Mutton and Beef by the Baron de Beef; Fair Game and Fowl by Augustus Gusto; Good Cheese and Good Cheer by Signor Spaghetti; Sandwiches by the Mustard Club's Travelling Correspondent; Sauces of Domestic Happiness by Lady Hearty; and Pickles by One of Them.
|The first James Bond novel 1953.|
|Not really on mushrooms.|
Anyway, one thing led to another, and no sooner did Susan have her tree decorated than she thought she and Jon would have a Christmas Eve dinner at which everyone could come as a character from the sort of books decorating the tree.
|Salman Rushdie tie.|
|A dose of insanity for a merry Christmas.|