I finally found a Christmas story not about feeding the hungry. Though it does involve a Christmas goose, so I guess it's still food-related.
Actually, except for the goose (which is a pretty important part of the story), it has very little to do with Christmas. I am considering going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie at some point over the holidays, and this is a Sherlock Holmes story, so there's also that.
"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is a pleasant enough little mystery that begins with Holmes profiling a man based solely upon the condition of a found hat. I don't often read mysteries, but when I do I always feel on guard and sort of like the author and I have entered into a contest of wits. Can he slip enough clues past me without my having figured out the culprit? I did guess who it was in this story, though it had more to do with the predictable way these stories are set up than any real giveaway. I don't think mystery is a genre I would ever really throw myself into, but it's fine for an occasional diversion.
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