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Five Red Herrings (1931)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Series: Lord Peter Wimsey (7)

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"Beyond question one of the most skillful mystery writers . . . offers a first rate piece of work. . . . Lord Peter Wimsey [is] at his amusing best. . . . The book is a treat" (The New York Times).
The majestic landscape of the Scottish coast has attracted artists and fishermen for centuries. In the idyllic village of Kirkcudbright, every resident and visitor has 2 things in common: They either fish or paint (or do both), and they all hate Sandy Campbell. Though a fair painter, he is a rotten human being, and cannot enter a pub without raising the blood pressure of everybody there. No one weeps when he dies.

Campbell's body is found at the bottom of a steep hill, and his easel stands at the top, suggesting that he took a tumble while painting. But something about the death doesn't sit right with gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. No one in Kirkcudbright liked Campbell, and 6 hated him enough to become suspects; 5 are innocent, and the other is the perpetrator of the most ingenious murder Lord Peter has ever encountered.

The Five Red Herrings is the 7th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

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Had forgotten that five full explanations other than the correct were offered.
  ritaer | Dec 29, 2023 |
(33) The 7th in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I feel like it might be a highly regarded installment but for me, it was not the most enjoyable. I think as I am getting older, I do not have the patience to look at maps (especially in a Kindle) and reconstruct complicated events that might require me to make notes. That is not my idea of enjoyment, and I don't have the type of mind that can hold all the picayune facts straight like I could in my 20's and 30's. Train schedules, distances, times, which town came before or after which town on the train line, how many tickets and who came aboard where, and with or without a bike. I couldn't follow so I knew I would never figure it out. Sad, but true for me.

I also had trouble keeping all the artists straight and reading the phonetic renderings of the Scottish burr. I like the idea of a limited group of suspects, and figuring out who could have forged the painting, and I liked the end with the re-enactment. But by that time I am afraid I had lost patience and was wanting to be done. I missed having more details regarding Wimsey's friends and relations - he did not seem like much of a character in this one. Instead all the policemen had theories, and I didn't much care for them, nor remember who was who. Just me? I don't know.

Anyway, my least favorite Lord Peter Wimsey thus far. I will keep reading the series. It is not as many books as Rendell's seemingly endless Wexford mysteries, so I will probably finish, but I am getting a little tired of them. ( )
  jhowell | Jun 30, 2023 |
There are 6 suspects for the murder, so we have 5 red herrings! Peter is enjoying having the multiple lines to examine and alibis to get. I wasn't invested in knowing which line was the correct one. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 1, 2023 |
Two stars because it's Lord Peter, but unfortunately as others have noted, it doesn't hold a candle to the other books featuring this much-loved sleuth! Go to Gaudy Night for real heart. Or the short stories for intriguing puzzles. ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sayers, Dorothy L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forshaw, BarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goldberg, CarinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malahide, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michal, MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Næstved, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, HilkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my friend Joe Dignam,
kindliest of landlords
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If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints.
[Foreword] Dear Joe,
Here at last is your book about Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright.
[Afterword] The year 1920 is the generally accepted dawn of the Golden Age of detective fiction.
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(Here Lord Peter Wimsey told the Sergeant what he was to look for and why, but as the intelligent reader will readily supply these details for himself, they are omitted from this page.)
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This is the book Five Red Herrings (originally published in the US as Suspicious Characters).
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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

"Beyond question one of the most skillful mystery writers . . . offers a first rate piece of work. . . . Lord Peter Wimsey [is] at his amusing best. . . . The book is a treat" (The New York Times).
The majestic landscape of the Scottish coast has attracted artists and fishermen for centuries. In the idyllic village of Kirkcudbright, every resident and visitor has 2 things in common: They either fish or paint (or do both), and they all hate Sandy Campbell. Though a fair painter, he is a rotten human being, and cannot enter a pub without raising the blood pressure of everybody there. No one weeps when he dies.

Campbell's body is found at the bottom of a steep hill, and his easel stands at the top, suggesting that he took a tumble while painting. But something about the death doesn't sit right with gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. No one in Kirkcudbright liked Campbell, and 6 hated him enough to become suspects; 5 are innocent, and the other is the perpetrator of the most ingenious murder Lord Peter has ever encountered.

The Five Red Herrings is the 7th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

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