Apropos of British 'tecs...
Posted by Stolzi on December 20, 1997 at 22:24:51:
This may be "Ramble" instead, but since it's about books...
I've had an early Christmas, reading Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford mystery Road Rage and P.D. James' Inspector Dog-leash mystery A Certain Justice and with Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse mystery Death is Now My Neighbour just brought home from the library. In this one, I am told, we actually find out what the "E" in "E. Morse" stands for.
(I've always been proud of the motto I thought up for Colin Dexter: "Morse Gratia Mortis.")
In the Rendell, Insp. Wexford, unable to sleep after his wife is kidnapped, decides to put himself to sleep by naming all the houses in Jane Austen. He recites to himself, "Pemberley, Norland, Netherfield Hall, Donwell Abbey, Mansfield Park..."
and then goes to sleep while trying to think "what Lady Catherine de Burgh's house was called."
All together now, wake the good Inspector by shouting
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