Thursday, February 20, 2020

Book Beginning: Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers



The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth.

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the seventh novel featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and the second with Harriet Vane.

Good advice, Ms. Sayers!

As you can see from my picture, I started this book over a martini. I wanted that drink last night, after spending a long day in bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware for “first day motions” in the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy case.

Who would think the Boy Scouts would go bankrupt! No, it isn’t going out of business. It is doing what so many Catholic Archdiocese and USA Gymnastics have done and filed a “reorganization” bankruptcy to move assets and get a deadline on when survivors can bring sex abuse claims against it.

I was there because I represent survivors of child sex abuse. My clients are adults who were sexually abused when they were kids – in schools, churches, and groups like the Boy Scouts. We have lots of lawsuits against BSA right now and all of them are now going to move into the bankruptcy case. I was on NPR's The Takeaway yesterday talking about what the bankruptcy means to survivors, including my clients - you can listen to the short clip here to learn more.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


Harriet rang the bell and, stepping out into the corridor, caught the waiter and asked for a stiff whisky-and-soda.
I get it Harriet. I get it. 

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