The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, a recently published mystery tale, was a Chanukah gift from my sister. I started reading it Friday (the second night of Chanukah), and finished it on Sunday, enjoying every minute. It's a well-plotted mystery full of surprise twists with a number of very amusing characters. Quite a few of them live in a retirement village in England where they have a club that meets on Thursday in the jigsaw room, scheduled between Art History and Conversational French. The narrative includes a lot of very amusing wisecracks and observations about popular culture, which I like about this first-time author (who appears to be well-known as a British TV personality, but not to me).
The purpose of the Thursday Murder Club is for the members to spend their two-hour time slot revisiting murder cases from police files illegitimately kept by a former police officer who lives in the Village. It's an armchair pastime for intelligent people with a bit too little to keep them occupied. Baking lemon drizzle cake or going out for coffee or shopping is one thing; figuring out murders is something else. Of course a real murder stirs them into real -- and effective -- action, despite their advancing age. Other characters in the novel are couple of police officers (yes, they eat donuts), a few random criminals (some in hiding), and a very unpleasant real estate developer. Quite a good read: I am grateful to my sister for discovering it for me.
Chanukah dinner the third night of the holiday:
note Len's great rye bread just behind the candles.
Soup in my newest soup cup.
The fourth night: a platter of latkes for two.
It's sad to make them for just us, as we often have as many as 10 at table
for the holiday. That said, it's a lot easier to make a smaller number of latkes.
Latkes with applesauce, sliced pear, creamy yogurt, and a glass of wine.
which I'm sharing with Elizabeth's virtual Tuesday drinking party.
The last candle to go out in the bird menorah that I
bought in Jerusalem in 2006 at the Israel Museum gift shop.
Four more nights of Chanukah to go!
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