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?
This is a book about phobias and obsessions, isolation and dark corners. It's about families, friendships, and carefully preserved secrets. But above everything else it's about love. Finding love - in any of its forms - and nurturing it.
"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)
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A classic whodunnit
Narration improving across the books
I'm no academic, but enjoy the detail of Dorothy L Sayers writing, it may not suit everyone, especially readers that prefer more fast paced story lines, the textured descriptions, and subtle humor of Sayers is a bit like enjoying a good meal, but if you don't have the time to sit and chew your food, and need a quick fix, then you may prefer a take away burger to a full roast dinner. I'm pleased that the books are unabridged and sometimes it's a pleasure to re-listen to paragraphs and take in her observations of human patterns of speech and interactions from the time. Not much has changed, except the language is less flowery. I nearly did not start listening to the books because of the criticisms of the narrator's voice and style, but gradually across the books, this seems to be improving.
- murder mystery fan