On March 8th, 1941, two bombs fell on the Cafe de Paris in London killing 80 people including jazz musician Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson.
I learned of this incident while reading "Soho Moon" this weekend. It's the sequel to "Midnight Riot" by Ben Aaronovitch (see previous rave).
Imagine my surprise when I run into the Cafe De Paris bombing a second time this morning while reading "The Attenbury Emeralds", the latest Peter Whimsey book by Jill Patton Walsh (so far, it's not bad. It's not Sayers, but it's at least 'A' quality fanfic*).
It's not the first time I've run into a name or event in two unrelated books read sequentially, but it always strikes me as incredibly odd.
* The only truly jarring part, for me, was when, as an aside, Harriet protests that she shouldn't be compared to such mystery novelists as Sir Arthur Conan Dolye, Agatha Christie or...Dorothy Sayers. Since Sayers is best known (mystery-wise) for Lord Peter, it all gets a bit recursive and distracting.