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Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) (original 1927; edition 1995)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Title:Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Authors:Dorothy L. Sayers
Info:HarperTorch (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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AKA the lesbian murder mystery. It's got some PROBLEMS, but it also spotlights women & 20s-era female spaces & introduces Mrs. Climpson, Peter's spinster agent who inhabits those spaces for Peter & reports back with her observations. She is A Character, but she's WAY cooler in Strong Poison, so you're not necessarily missing much there. Still, this book really confronts Peter with the idea that his sleuthing hobby has real consequences beyond the satisfaction of his private curiosity, as the murderer becomes more erratic/kills more people in trying to mislead the investigation. REC: SKIP ( )
  epaulettes | Jan 3, 2019 |
It's a mystery whether or not a crime’s even been committed when an elderly cancer patient dies sooner than expected. But that doesn’t stop Lord Peter Wimsey from nosing around for a means and a motive. On the positive side, this entry in the series introduces Mrs. Climpson, a spunky senior citizen whose gossip-gathering moves the case forward. On the negative, it includes a hefty dose of the racism that was matter-of-course for the era. To my ears, it came across as the malicious blather of a minor character but YMMV. Aside from that one issue, Unnatural Death is an enjoyable Golden Age mystery with the touches of gallows humor and whimsy I’ve come to expect from this author. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 19, 2018 |
June 2017 reread via audiobook: Ian Carmichael is a great narrator for this book. While I remembered the basic plot, there were details I had forgotten so even knowing the solution it was a fun read (listen). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 8, 2017 |
This starts as an overheard conversation with the doctor's dilemma, was that unexpected death natural or was the old lady helped out of this life? Without there being any clear crime, Wimsey sets off to investigate. In doing so, he sets in motion a chain of events that cause several deaths and narrowly escapes the series being brought to a premature end. The end is a little of an anticlimax, but it's an intriguing little book. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 2017 |
“Greatly as I dislike that modern invention, the telephone, I think it might be advisable to ring him up.”

Read this with mixed feelings. There’s quite a bit of complicated explanations of family inheritance law and family connections that went over my head - and it drags along in places - on the other hand the final third of the book proved a very suspenseful and a satisfying end. The question is the old one: Natural death or murder to obtain an inheritance?

In this third novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey series the manservant Bunter doesn’t play a big role - instead it’s a new Wimsey-sidekick, the spinster Miss Climpson, who is sent to a village to befriend the suspect and investigate for Lord Peter Wimsey. ( )
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Sayers, Dorothy L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crowley, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Damkoehler, KatrinaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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‘No sign of foul play,’ says Dr Carr after the post-mortem on Agatha Dawson. The case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied . . .

With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. No clues, that is, until the sudden, senseless murder of Agatha’s maid. What is going on in the mysterious Mrs Forrest’s Mayfair flat? And can Wimsey catch a desperate murderer before he himself becomes one of the victims?
Contains the famous biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey.
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Lone old lady dies,
What did little maids witness?
Wimsey untangles!
(Porua)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061043583, Mass Market Paperback)

The wealthy old woman was dead -- a trifle sooner than expected. The intricate trail of horror and senseless murder led from a beautiful hampshire village to a fashionable London flat and a deliberate test of amour  -- staged by the debonair sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

"Here the modern detective story begins to come to its own; and all the historical importance aside, it remains an absorbing and charming story today."

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The wealthy old woman was dead-a trifle sooner than expected. the intricate trail of horror and senseless murder led from a beautiful Hampshire village to a fashionable london flat and a deliberate test of amour-staged by the debonair sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.… (more)

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