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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
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May 15, 09

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::sigh:: Well, that's the last of Dorothy L Sayers for me. I'd read all the others over the last few years but had a bit of trouble getting hold of this one. And now it's gone, devoured in a few short hours!

I enjoyed this - it's not her best work, but that's hardly a problem when you're comparing to Gaudy Night. It was much fun and as well structured as I expected it'd be. I was interested to see Wimsey saying 'casting nasturtiums', I'd heard it before but assumed it was a more recent coinage. Or maybe I picked it up from my mum, who read all the Sayers books years ago.

Like her other detective novels, it's a howdunnit, not a whodunnit. The fun is in watching Wimsey untangle all the different means rather than guessing at motives. But it could have done with more Bunter!

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Stephanie I loved "casting nasturtiums", I had never heard/read it before.

Stringy I'm pretty sure I've heard my mum say it, or someone of her generation - but then again, maybe she read it in this book! She does like her crime novels.

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