The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 4 (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) ペーパーバック – 1977/3/1
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A must-read for fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries, Lord Peter Wimsey is the immortal amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers. Lord Peter Wimsey bent down over General Fentiman and drew the Morning Post gently away from the gnarled old hands. Then, with a quick jerk, he lifted the quiet figure. It came up all of a piece, stiff as a wooden doll ...But how did the general die? Who was the mysterious Mr X who fled when he was wanted for questioning? And which of the general's heirs, both members of the Bellona Club, is lying?
She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. -- P. D. James D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers. -- E. C. Bentley Daily Telegraph I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail. -- Ruth Rendell She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller. -- Minette Walters商品の説明をすべて表示する
And solve the crime he does. Or, in this case, two crimes. As seems to often happen in a Wimsey novel, the solution to the first crime about halfway through the novel, leads towards an even bigger, related crime that needs solving. Here, an elderly soldier has died in the Bellona Club. The situation is strange, but Wimsey is involved only in trying to determine the exact time of death since the provision of a will depends on knowing this fact. As he unravels this situation, he learns that what at first glance was a natural death from old age was, in fact, murder.
For anyone who likes a glimpse into high class British life between the wars, the Wimsey novel are a lot of fun. The mysteries, too, are serviceable bordering on clever. This one is certainly one of the better in the series.
Today he seems an unusual person perhaps to the people of 2000, but it helps if you remember that the war he mentions is the first World
War, which started over 100 years ago in 1914.. Class system in England at that time was a great deal more intense than now.
This is a really nice story, full of upper class England, men's clubs, rich people who did not hold down jobs, servants firmly in their places, retired old men, and women acting as women were supposed to do, and of course, the root of all evil, money....lots of money. Lord Peter solves the problem in his usual Bon vivant manner.
The novels in the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries are:
1. Whose Body?
2. Clouds of Witness
3. Unnatural Death
4. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 5)
5. Strong Poison (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 6)
6. The Five Red Herrings (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 7)
7. Have His Carcase (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 8)
8. Murder Must Advertise (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 10)
9. The Nine Tailors (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 11)
10. Gaudy Night (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 12)
11. Busman's Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 13)
Note: my numbering differs from Amazon's because they include collections of short stories whereas my list is just of novels. Also, I can only include 10 links in the review, so the 11th Wimsey book is just a title.
Lord Peter is asked by the family to clear up a few questions and an avalanche begins.
Definitely a period piece, but with decent merit and Sayers is definitely in her stride when this was published. Along the way it adds a bit of character development to Lord Peter himself being revealed and a few appearances of some of his friends and contacts that make his involvement in mystery investigation possible.
A relatively fast read, with a lot of dialogue over description, with some post was writing style of the lost generation influencing flow and verbage.