Dorothy L. Sayers paints a perfect picture of murder in this classic The Five Red Herrings (Suspicious Characters Book 6) and millions of other books are. With Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Roy Boutcher, David Rintoul. Solve the mystery with Lord Peter Whimsey, based on the book by Dorothy L Sayers. Dorothy L. Sayers’ Five Red Herrings is the second or third Lord Peter Wimsey novel I read, and the first I owned. I still have my original copy.
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Posted on September 17, Updated on October 14, While dropping off was entirely my fault and casts no aspersion over the radio version, it soon become clear that this is a mystery that simply has to be read first on on the page if one is to have any hope of following the plot.
Even then, this is a flawed book. And in those last two respects, Five Red Herrings — the sixth of her novels featuring the aristocratic detective — rather fails to make the usual grade. Instead the story becomes overwhelmed by minutiae, with page swyers page given over to study of local railway timetables in Scotland to the west of Dumfries and discussion over how long it would take someone to walk or bicycle or drive from one point to another.
The characters are also overrun by the plot: If you manage to keep all these multiple moving pieces in your head for very long without getting hopelessly confused then you deserve a medal.
All that said, Sayers strengths inevitably continue to shine through: Does that sound thrilling and appeal to you? As a result, this remains one of the most evocative records of a time and place now long gone. I suspect Sayers travelled these roads and rails many times conducting her own similar research.
The police here are surprisingly adept and sensible in this story compared with most in amateur detective fiction of the period, but that means Wimsey is reduced to being at the head of an ensemble cast — albeit the one with the wit and imagination to deliver the correct solution at the end where the police are being rather more literal and linear.
As for recurring characters in the series like manservant Bunter and Chief Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard, they get little more than cameo appearances here. More right than I usually get whodunnits in fact.
The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
When all is said and done, the title of the book is very appropriate: Whodunnit and how at the end of all that is actually rather secondary to relishing the chaos and confusion of information overload about types of bicycles and cars and who went by which train to Glasgow that day and with whom and when. But even so, I did feel I deserved top marks at the end of the exam for not getting the right answer but merely getting to the end in the first place.
Five Red Herrings is available from all good bookshops and as an ebook. For the record and to jog my future memory as much as anything here were the primary clues I fixed on very early that led me to the right conclusion.
The first question the reader should ask themselves is: Also note how many police theories are shown to be unworkable by one particular person being at home during the night. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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