2020 Summer Sojourn

As current events make actual travel — at least, leisure travel — either undesirable, unwise or flat-out impossible, I decided to devote my 2020 summer reading to literary armchair travel, and to call it the 2020 Summer Sojourn.

Then the BookLikes meltdown happened and I had to start sprucing up my WordPress blog … as a background to which, I fell back (yet again) on my favorite comfort reading; Golden Age mysteries (and mysteries, generally). But as it turns out, detectives do a fair bit of traveling during their cases, so my project still held! 🙂

The Books

Margery Allingham: Police at the Funeral (06/01 – ****)
Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope (06/02 – ****1/2)
Bernard Knight: Crowner’s Crusade (06/03 – ***1/2)
Jean-François Parot: L’énigme des Blancs-Manteaux (06/05 – ****)
Helene Tursten: Night Rounds (06/06 – **)
Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Enter Sir John (06/06 – ****)
Gladys Mitchell: Speedy Death (06/08 – ***)
Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local (06/08 – ****)
Christianna Brand: Green for Danger (06/09 – ****1/2)
Christianna Brand: Death in High Heels (06/11 – ***1/2)
Christianna Brand: Tour de Force (06/12 – **)
Josephine Tey: The Man in the Queue (06/16 – ***1/2)
Patrick Leigh Fermor: Between the Woods and the Water (06/16 – *****)
Olivia Manning: The Great Fortune (06/18 – ****1/2)
Saša Stanišić: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert (06/19 – ****)
Lili Grün: Alles ist Jazz (06/19 – ***1/2)
Josephine Tey: To Love and Be Wise (06/20 – ****)
Gladys Mitchell: The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop (06/21 – ***1/2)
Saša Stanišić: Herkunft (06/22 – ****1/2)
Eve Makis: The Spice Box Letters (06/23 – ****)
Josephine Tey: A Shilling for Candles (06/23 – ****)
Gladys Mitchell: The Saltmarsh Murders (06/26 – ***1/2)
Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other (06/26 – ****1/2)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Collection (06/28 – ****)
Josephine Tey: The Singing Sands (06/28 – ****)
Gladys Mitchell: Death at the Opera (06/30 – ***1/2)
Holly Throsby: Goodwood (07/01 – ***1/2)
Ranka Nikolić: Mord mit Meerblick (07/03 – **1/2)
Rafik Schami: Eine Hand voller Sterne (07/05 – ***)
Christianna Brand: Suddenly at His Residence (07/07 – ***1/2)
Clemence Dane: A Bill of Divorcement (07/08 – **)
E.F. Benson: The Blotting Book (07/10 – ***)
J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard (07/11 – ****1/2)
J.K. Rowling: Quidditch Through the Ages (07/11 – *****)
J.K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (07/11 – ****1/2)
Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (07/13 – ****)
Margery Allingham: The Case of the Late Pig (07/13 – ****)
Anita Amirrezvani: The Blood of Flowers (07/13 – ***)
Phillis Wheatley: Memoir and Poems (07/14 – ***)
A.E.W. Mason: At the Villa Rose (07/15 – ***1/2)
Agatha Christie: Black Coffee (07/16 – ***1/2)
Irmgard Wolf & Manfred Engelhardt: Mit Goethe am Rhein (07/23 – ****)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Über Kunst und Altertum in den Rhein- und Main-Gegenden (07/23 – ****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Have His Carcase (07/23 – ****)
Emmuska Orczy: Skin o’ My Tooth (07/24 – ***)
Agatha Christie: Elephants Can Remember (07/25 – ***1/2)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Deep Waters (07/26 – ****)
Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (07/27 – ****)
Raymond Postgate: The Ledger Is Kept (07/28 – ****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Resorting to Murder (07/31 – ***1/2)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Busman’s Honeymoon (08/01 – ****1/2)
Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (08/01 – *****)
Agatha Christie: Poirot Investigates (08/02 – ****1/2)
Agatha Christie: Poirot’s Early Cases (08/03 – ****)
Agatha Christie: At Bertram’s Hotel (08/05 – ***1/2)
Cyril Hare: Suicide Excepted (08/05 – ****)
P.D. James: Devices and Desires (08/06 – ****)
Agatha Christie: Sleeping Murder (08/07 – ****)
Elizabeth George: Careless in Red (08/08 – ****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Continental Crimes (08/09 – ***1/2)
Agatha Christie: Nemesis (08/09 – ****)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Mews and Other Stories (08/10 – ****1/2)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison (08/10 – ****1/2)
Agatha Christie: Sad Cypress (08/11 – ****)
Agatha Christie: The Hollow (08/11 – ****1/2)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (08/13 – *****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Serpents in Eden (08/13 – ***1/2)
Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors (08/14 – *****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise (08/14 – *****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (08/15 – *****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Hangman’s Holiday (08/16 – ****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Lord Peter Views the Body (08/17 – ****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Unnatural Death (08/17 – ****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Blood on the Tracks (08/18 – ****)
Dorothy L. Sayers: In the Teeth of the Evidence (08/22 – ****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Murder at the Manor (08/24 – ***1/2)
Ellis Peters: One Corpse too Many (08/24 – *****)
Candace Robb: The Riddle of St. Leonards (08/25 – ****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Foreign Bodies (08/27 – ***1/2)
Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders (08/27 – *****)
Agatha Christie: 4:50 from Paddington (08/28 – ****1/2)
Agatha Christie: A Murder Is Announced (08/29 – *****)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Settling Scores (08/30 – ***1/2)

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