The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #4)
90-year-old General Fentiman was definitely dead, but no one knew exactly when he had died and the time of death was the determining factor in a half-million-pound inheritance. Lord Peter Wimsey would need every bit of his amazing skills to unravel the mysteries of why the General's lapel was without a red poppy on Armistice Day, how the club's telephone was fixed withou...more
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I have grown to love this Lord Peter Wimsey mystery because of its somberness, although I remember that when I first read it as a teen I found it uninteresting. Amazing how history (and, therefore, literature) becomes more complex and interesting as you age. The mystery LPW is called on to investigate is the time of death of ancient, doddery General Fentiman, which will make a big financial difference to one or more of three potential heirs. Of cours...more
While this is not my first mystery story I ever read it is the first mystery novel. I had read some Sherlock Holmes stories in school and I was have read the Poe detective stories (which I am procrastinating on reviewing at the moment) but never a detective story in novel form. I have to say that I don't think I could have found a more interesting character th...more
Of course, this being a DLS novel, I'm not actually reading it for the murder mystery. The book's introduction describes Sayers' work is very much a 'tapestry novel', and I'd have to agre...more
I really forgot how long it takes for there to be much of an overarching plot. I think it took until Harriet Vane enters the scene for me to be ent...more
When half-star ratings are added, I'll add another half star to this. It's not quite the literary accomplishment that deserves four full stars, but that shouldn't deter anyone from reading it. This is a really solidly written mystery, an unexpectedly interesting read. It's not a book most people mention as one of their favourites, but I can't think of a bad thing to say about it.*
It had twists and was rathe...more
Unpleasantness, indeed. But it is only when Lord Peter Wimsey discovers that the member actually was deceased BEFORE he arrived in his chair that the plot really thickens.
And thickens. And thickens.
So much so, that I can't keep up with Lord Peter's thinking, or with...more
It took me a while to read this one. I liked it, but March Madness was a bit more enthralling (Go Buckeyes!) I enjoyed the way Sayers made this essentially two mysteries. I was surprised by the murderer, but will avoid spoilers. Suffice it to say that I was wrong in my suppositions - but sort of right in the mode.
There was a great deal of unpleasantness at the Bellona Club and I enjoyed how Sayers weaved that throughout and tied up loose ends. I appreciated how she gave sympathy to unsy...more
I really like this one. I think the ways Sayers discusses women are -- agreeably knotty and interesting, if not what I always agree with. And I like the shape of the plot (more below).
I can never tell if I would have got along with...more
Sir Peter Wimsey, the main investigator, is independently wealthy and solves cases for the sport---that is a good word for him. A typical English phrase “Very sporting of you” would fit him. Of course he sees clues the detectives do not and since he is not involved in any...more
Lord Peter is delightful a...more
I decided to read this book (although it's not the first in the series), because of a great review by Louise at Louise's Home Library that you can read here http://louiseshomelibrary.wordpress.c...
She had only good things to say and with the e-book now just a click away, I downloaded the book right away! Lord Peter Wimsey is my kind of detective - irreverent, intelligen...more
Reading Sayers' fifth mystery novel in November is perfect timing, as the plot centres around events that take place on Armistice Day (aka "Remembrance Day", November 11), with some fun clues around wearing poppies and the two-minutes of silence. A great follow up to reading book #4 in October.
In my humble opinion, "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" is a slightly better paced mystery than "Unnatural Death" (her 3rd effort), but not as good as "Strong Poison" (novel #6). Once again she has...more
The mystery novel part itself was fun and clever - nothing wonderful, nothing bad - a tasty period British detective story that any Anglophile would love.
What really caught my eye, though, was finding Wimsey in the role of God (or at least my own perspective of God). Wi...more
Reading this book makes me wish for half stars in the ratings as I preferred this book to Unnatural Death, but not enough for 5 stars. The characters continue to be more fleshed out from the earlier books, Parker has quite a sarcastic humour at times and Lord Peter is less frivolous. The plot takes more turns than the previous book and the ending is less predictable.
This is more or less the third time I've read this, so there were no surprises left. I can't actually remember the audio version very well, though -- in fact, this book in general left very little impression on me. I remembered the murderer, but I forgot all about Wimsey's tortured conscience, and about Ann Dorland, who turned out to be rather a good person. I only remembered the ending, with the (view spoiler)[suicide-as-justice (hide spoiler)] theme, just be...more
The story idea on the blurb definitely hooked me, but the plot is not all that dramatic. That's sort of typical Sayers, I've found. However, the characters and the setting are engaging. I must say that Wimsey has had funnier moments...but he's still very cool, as always.
Honestly, this book is not worthwhile for slow readers/peop...more
An old gentleman is found dead in a men's club. Turns out, his sister died that morning as well, and depending when each of them died other people inherit lots of money.
I like the Wimsey novels for many things, but one of them is that Peter is often villified by the people he is supposed to be helping. I...more
Compared to that, there seems to be a shift i...more
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herse...more
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