Gaudy Night has EVERYTHING I like in it. To name a few:
2. Academic regalia
4. Quotations from John Donne
6. Early 20th-century British prose
8. Ornate chess pieces
9. Awkward alumni events
10. University campuses in the summertime*
Which is probably why I re-read it, say, once a year. This book might be the book I have re-read the most times. So good.
*They really are one of my favorite things.