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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B008JVJHRY
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (July 31, 2012)
- Publication date : July 31, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 5934 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062311913
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,800 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
That said, there are some interesting aspects to this novel, especially in terms of what seem to be autobiographical musings about one of the murder suspects at the end of the book.
This is often represented as not one of her strongest novels, but it seems to be on par with the others I've read.
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.
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The more Peter digs into the case the more anomalies he reveals and what makes it difficult for him to be objective is that the two Fentiman grandsons are acquaintances of his and he really doesn't want to expose either of them as involved in some sort of dubious goings on.
I first read this book many years ago and decided it wasn't one of my favourites but re-reading it revealed that is a very well written book. The plot is clever and involved and the characters interesting. There are plenty of read herrings as well as clues and I hadn't recalled who the murderer was so it was a surprise to me in the end.
When the elderly general is found dead in his armchair at the club, there is an attempt to contact his estranged sister, Lady Dormer. However, it is discovered that, not only had she also died, but the two met on Lady Dormer’s deathbed only the evening before. Solicitor Mr Murbles asks Lord Peter to investigate which of them died first; as the terms of Lady Dormer’s will mean that if she died first, Robert and George Fentiman will inherit a fortune. However, if General Fentiman died first, the money will go to Ann Dorland, a distant relative of Lady Dormer, who acted as her companion.
Of course, what begins as a simple investigation to discover the time of General Fentiman’s death becomes a much more involved and complicated affair. There are mysterious sightings of someone who may be able to clarify the matter, chases across the Continent, wonderful detours into some of the popular fads of the period, and even an exhumation, before Lord Peter, along with his detective-inspector friend Charles Parker, discover the truth.
This is a well plotted and interesting novel – clearly showing how the WWI veterans are viewed by the older generation and highlighting the staid, unsympathetic opinions of the elderly, ex-military members who make up the majority of the gentleman’s club. They are a generation separated by a new kind of warfare and perfectly capture the truth that the generation gap is by no means a new experience. I love Dorothy L. Sayers novels and Lord Peter Wimsey is one of my favourite fictional sleuths. This is a wonderful glimpse into a vanished world, as well as a fascinating mystery.