A Maigret Christmas - Book Group discussion thread

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10:48am, 12 Feb 2019
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Interesting. Mr Fry read me A Study in Scarlet recently. I just wanted to punch Holmes, in the same way I want to punch him in that strange American series (Elementary, I think it's called).
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Greg I've recently had a reading 'holiday' - ie books that don't tax or depress me (like The Luminaries is currently doing ;-) ) but which are perfectly Good Reads. As a result, I've re-read The Nine Tailors, and read Strong Poison and Clouds of Witness for the first time. I think they're pretty good though the last mentioned was my least favourite. I love Golden Age detective fiction and Sayers is pretty much the doyenne IMO.
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9:11pm, 12 Feb 2019
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I re-read the first few Morse books a couple of years back and was deeply disappointed.

Also, I must confess to never having read any Ngaio Marsh. I assume this makes me Wrong.

I suspect The Nine Tailors is the only DLS I’ve read, and that was probably thirty+ years ago.
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10:24pm, 12 Feb 2019
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I have a sentimental reason for liking DLS and Peter Wimsey stories. When son1 was at Durham, he and I used to listen to CDs of dramatisations of PW novels - with Ian Carmichael as Wimsey - of course, who else? - and Peter Jones as Bunter - on the long drive north (and equally long drive back south at the end of term). Just the two of us in the car sharing a very companionable experience :-)

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