Friday, March 29, 2013

Book Review: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #5)The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It took me a while to read this one.  I liked it, but March Madness was a bit more enthralling (Go Buckeyes!)  I enjoyed the way Sayers made this essentially two mysteries. I was surprised by the murderer, but will avoid spoilers. Suffice it to say that I was wrong in my suppositions - but sort of right in the mode.

There was a great deal of unpleasantness at the Bellona Club and I enjoyed how Sayers weaved that throughout and tied up loose ends. I appreciated how she gave sympathy to unsympathetic characters.  I particularly enjoyed Wimsey and Parker's discussion of books, "Books, you know, Charles, are like lobster-shells.  We surround ourselves with 'em, and then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidences of our earlier stages of development."  Sayers talks about the role books take in our lives from information to inspiration to distraction.  And the mischief of empty libraries. 

On to the next ... Lord Peter Views the Body.  Great little tool at KDL What's Next?

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