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"By what ingratiating means Mr Bunter had contrived to turn the delivery of a note into the acceptance of an invitation to tea was best known to himself. On half-past four on the day which ended so cheerfully for Lord Peter, he was seated in the kitchen of Mr Urquhart’s house, toasting crumpets. He had been trained to a great pitch of dexterity in the preparation of crumpets, and if he was somewhat lavish in the matter of butter, that hurt nobody except Mr Urquhart. It was natural that the conversation should turn to the subject of murder. Nothing goes so well with a hot fire and buttered crumpets as a wet day without and a good dose of comfortable horrors within. The heavier the lashing of the rain and the ghastlier the details, the better the flavour seems to be. On the present occasion, all the ingredients of an enjoyable party were present in full force."

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L. Sayers (copyright 1930; quote is from page 106 of the Hodder & Stoughton trade paperback edition, 2016).