Unbecoming Habits

Book Unbecoming Habits

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- By: Tim Heald(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:192
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Paperback Edition edition (June 12, 1980)
- Bestsellers rank: 3
- Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Unbecoming HabitsBrother Luke was late again. But this time Brother Luke's excuse for missing Sext was the best possible. He had been lying face down among the protatoes for quite some time when Brother Bede finally found him, turned him over and noticed that the deep magenta marks around his neck matched the pattern of the crucifix chain which he always wore. He was, of course, extremely dead...Blue Blood Will OutFrederick, third Earl of Maidenhead, had woken at six-thirty, drunk one cup of tea from the Teasmade machine and put on a pair of individually styled bathing trunks with FM embroidered on the left leg. While the rest of Sir Canning's guests slept, he was drifting downstream. He appeared to be making no effort to swim further; his arms and legs were perfectly limp. He was, of course, extremely dead...

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  • By MichaelSr on May 2, 2017

    I am one of those not to give up on a book once I have started. The most gracious thing I can say of this is that it is finally finished. You might like it, but, not my cup of tea.

  • By James A. Gorton on October 18, 2017

    Good story and a well designed plot - yet somehow the book ended up not being very involving or interesting.

  • By Reg Birchfield on November 30, 2014

    Delightful read. Heald could become habitual reading.

  • By Angie Boyter on December 31, 2013

    Before Brother Luke was found in the vegetable garden strangled by his own crucifix chain, the biggest challenge for Beaubridge Friary was producing its signature honey for the next Expo-Brit trade fair. Unfortunately, “Brother Luke” was really an undercover agent sent into the friary to investigate a suspicion that it was sending more than honey overseas and that someone was also funneling sensitive information to Communist countries during the fairs. Enter Board of Trade agent Simon Bognor, who is sent to Beaubridge to look into Brother Luke’s death. Bognor has mixed emotions about the assignment. It will be his first field work. On the other hand, it will interfere with his plans for lunch at his club. Before his work is completed, however, Bognor encounters more unpleasantness, including lumpy porridge, bad pub sandwiches, and, oh, yes, another murder and an assault on Bognor himself.Unbecoming Habits, the first of the Simon Bognor series, was originally published in 1973 and has a nice period flavor read today. In addition to the Cold War atmosphere, the vestiges of old-school British manner are personified in several wealthy and/or titled minor characters. The writing has the classic wit that endears the British whodunit to so many readers, such as when Father Xavier says, “ I regard hypocrisy as my greatest personal attribute.” The picture of life at the friary is enjoyable, with nice touches such as Father Anselm’s regret at sanctioning the reading of P. G. Wodehouse aloud during meals.This is not a character-driven book, like many modern British series. I did not get a strong sense of Bognor as a person, but that may have been the point; he does not lack intelligence, but a lack of initiative is definitely one of his more prominent traits.This is a light enjoyable read that will transport you back to a time that is rapidly being called “history”.

  • By Kate on August 23, 2013

    Light read and very British. Mystery based on personalities of the sundry suspects in a meditative order of Frairs. Simon, who is assigned the investigative task, his first as he has been primarily a paper-pusher. He is thrown into this murder mystery without requisite support.Easy read

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