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Dead March for Penelope Blow - George Bellairs

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Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs is number 18 in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn series. A frail old lady (Penelope Blow) comes to Scotland Yard several times to speak to Inspector Littlejohn, but he is away on a murder case. She will not speak to anyone else. When Littlejohn returns he hears that Penelope Blow has died in a fall from an upstairs window. Littlejohn is not convinced it is an accident and begins investigating the matter. That is not an easy task. The Blow family denies him access to the house and he and Cromwell must seek help from the servants. A story of family secrets, madness, hatred and jealousy soon unravels.  As always it has been a joy and pleasure to read a Littlejohn mystery. It is a classic British detective story written with wit and interesting characters and settings. Well worth a read!
I got this book to review because I have joined Crime Classics Advanced Readers Club. Thanks - I enjoyed it very much.


He'd Rather Be Dead - George Bellairs

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He'd Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs is number eight in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn series. I received it for review from George Bellairs Literary Estate via NetGalley. 
 Sir Gideon Ware - the mayor of Westcombe is murdered during the annual lunch he is holding for Boroug officials.  He is a man making enemies everywhere, and no one grieves his death (apart from his wife), when he is murdered during the lunch. He is poisoned, but it seems nobody has been able to administer the poison. Everyone attending the lunch are suspects, and in the beginning it was rather a lot of people to keep track of. As the Chief Constable Mr. Boumphrey is afraid to be unpopular among the distinguished  guests at the lunch, he asks for Scotland Yards help, and Littlejohn comes to help. He succeeds in solving Wares murder and yet another one committed during his investigations.  It is a well told story. Bellairs is rather good at describing the various people and the atmosphere in a buzzing seaside to…

Murder to Music - Margaret Newman

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Murder to Music by Margaret Newman A book in the Uncrowned Queens of Crime series. I got this thanks to Agora Books to review. It’s nice these crime novels are being published again. It was first published in 1959 but it is still worth a read. Detective superintendent Simon Hudson is attending a Metropolitana Choir concert, where his girlfriend Delia  is singing in the choir. The assistant director Owen Barr is shot after conducting Mr. Tredegar’s Mass. Owen has a capacity for taking and giving offence and since he was appointed assistant director the meetings and choir practices has not been very harmonic ones. Shortly after his death the Italian tenor Mr. Cassati disappears and another murder is attempted. The members of the Metro’s Managing Committee responsible for the concert are all under suspicion. Simons girlfriend, Delia is also a member and helps Simon investigate.
I enjoyed reading the story - entertaining and well written. The ending was a surprise to me.

Death Stops the Frolic - George Bellairs

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I got this book via George Bellairs Literary Estate and Agora Books to review. I have enjoyed quite a few of Bellairs books and especially Chief Inspector Littlejohn.
This is however not in the Littlejohn series, and I missed him and Sergeant Cromwell.

The story takes place in Swarebridge during WW2, where two murders are committed.
The senior deacon of the chapel of Zion is giving his annual performance as leader in follow-the-leader
at the  Anniversary Tea Party. He falls through a trapdoor and is stabbed to death. The sympathetic
Superintendent Nankivell is head of the investigation, but before he succeeds in finding the murderer,
another murder is committed.
I found the description of people in the community very good  and often very funny, and Bellairs
is also a master at creating the sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere in the close religious society
of Zion. The plot was a bit weak and not very exciting.



Answer in the Negative - Henrietta Hamilton

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Agora Books has put focus on uncrowned, female  writers from The Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
This resulted in me getting Answer in the Negative to review.

Henrietta Hamilton was an English writer known for her stories about amateur sleuths Sally and
Johnny Helder. I haven’t been able to find much about the writer but she is the author of: The Two Hundred Ghosts (1956) Death at One Blow (1957) Answer in the Negative (1959) A Night to Die (1959)

In Answer in the Negative the archive assistant at National Press Archives - Frank Morningside -
has been the receiver of poison pen letters and practical jokes. At first not so bad, but it evolves
and gets nasty. That makes his superior Toby call on his friends for help. His friends are the married
couple and amateur sleuths Sally and Johnny Helder. Johnny reluctantly offers to help and they start
inquiries at the archive pretending to be researchers. While investigating two murders take place
before Johnny succeeds in finding out who the murder…

Dish cloth - in general

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It has been too time consuming to make all blog  posts both in Danish and English but if you are interested in patterns for dishcloths, you can find them on my Danish blog: https://madoghobbymm.blogspot.com/
On the Danish blog you can find more than 100  different patterns and new patterns are still added.
All my dish cloths are knitted with cotton 8/4 on needles number 3
r = knit     v = purl     karklud = dish cloth     slå op = cast on       masker = stitches  pinde = rows     luk af = bind off
When you look at the pattern (mønster), you have to remember that all uneven rows start in the right side of the diagram and X=purl and ▢= knit. All equal rows start in the left side of the diagram and X=knit and ▢=purl.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

The Long Farewell - Michael Innes

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From Crime Classics I was lucky to be sent a free copy of Michal Innes book The Long Farewell. It is number 17 in the Sir John Appleby series.
The story starts in Italy, where Appleby and his wife are on vacation . He visits one of his acquaintances - Lewis Packford - who for a period of time lives at the Garda. He is a literary detective and very interested in Shakespeare and on the verge of new discoveries. They have long  discussions on litterature and Appleby tries to find out what it is Lewis is on to, but with no succes. After dinner they part, and it is the last time Appleby sees him alive.
Later back in England he attends Lewis' funeral and speaks with his lawyer Mr Rood. Rood is not satisfied with the verdict of suicide, and asks Appleby to look into the matter. This takes Appleby to Lewis' home - Urchins.
Here he finds a mixed bag of scholars, collectors two wives and a brother all with a possible motive for murder.
As always in the company of Appleby you are very …