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Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

'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?

'She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.' P. D. James

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    She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. (P. D. James)

    I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail (Ruth Rendell)

    D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers. (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)

    Book Description

    The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort.  With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 625 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0450001016
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Impression edition (15 Oct. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003ODIX2C
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Death 31 Dec. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is the third Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Wimsey and Charles Parker are interrupted, while in a teashop, by a doctor who overhears them talking about crime. He relates a tale of how he was treating an elderly lady for cancer, whose niece insisted was much nearer than death than he felt she was. When she died suddenly, without leaving a will, the doctor insisted on an autopsy, leading to bad feeling with both the niece, Miss Whittaker, and the local community. Indeed, his actions led to him having to leave the area and begin work elsewhere. Of course, Lord Peter is immediately intrigued - how many people do 'get away with murder'? However, Parker is not conviced there is a case to answer. Presumably, as an officer of the law he had enough real work to be getting on with, but Wimsey is determined to investigate.

    In this entertaining novel, Lord Peter uses the indefatigable Miss Climpson as his "ears and tongue and especially nose." A spinsterish lady, much in the style of a slightly younger Miss Marple, she is an enquiry agent for Lord Peter; settling herself into a boarding house near where the elderly lady died and sending letters (which you feel the author had great fun writing) reporting on the people and places involved. Before long there is a further murder and even Parker is convinced that something is amiss. Did Miss Whittaker hurry her aunt along to make sure she inherited? Who is the mysterious Mrs Forrest? Is Lord Peter Wimsey himself going to become a victim?

    This is a real puzzle of a mystery, with endless clues and suspects and sometimes you do feel a little bogged down in information. However, the real fun and sense of righting a wrong does shine through and you happily embark on the journey with Lord Peter, Parker, Miss Climpson and, of course, Bunter.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    First published in 1927, this is the third of Drothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. This review is for the 1975 full cast radio dramatisation starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter.

    In this story a chance encounter with a Doctor sets Lord Peter off on a puzzling mystery. The Doctor lost his standing in his local community and subsequently had to leave his practice after he voiced his concerns over the death of an elderly patient. No-one else believed that it was suspicious, except Lord Peter. What follows is an interesting set up from Sayers, where Wimsey not only has to find the murderer and show how the crime was committed, but he also has to prove that a crime has indeed been committed. At his side is the ever reliable Inspector Parker and the infallible Bunter, and this story introduces a new ally in the form of Mrs. Climpson. Sayers skilfully builds up the mystery and peels away the layers to reveal the truth, in a fascinating tale that hinges on a dry piece of legislation, but told in an exciting fashion.

    All the cast are on form here, Ian Carmichael really IS Lord Peter, Peter Jones strikes just the right note as Bunter, full of contrition as he makes a rare mistake. Gabriel Woolf is a joy as Parker. The three leads clearly got on very well in the studio, and there is a real feeling of warmth from them.

    Originally broadcast as seven half hour episodes, all seven are here complete with theme music and credits at the end of each episode. They are split across three discs in a double size jewel case. Liner notes are limited to a chapter list and a brief note about Sayers' career. Sound quality is excellent - for a series nearly 40 years old is sounds really clear. 5 star in all for another enthralling outing for Wimsey and Co.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past 18 July 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This was a great read: a clever plot, a story that moves on at a good pace and a satisfying resolution at the end.

    The language in parts seems quite strange and inevitably very dated, but this does not detract from the quality of the writing overall, which is intelligent and peppered with all sorts of literary references that fit in very naturally. Reading this has inspired me to re-read more Dorothy L Sayers and I would certainly recommend it to all fans of the classic detective novel.
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    26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars British Murder Mystery - enough said... 5 Nov. 2004
    By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
    Dorothy Sayers, a.k.a. Dorothy Leigh Sayers Fleming, one of the first women to ever be granted a degree from Oxford University, created one of the leading figures in, and indeed in so doing helped to create the genre of, the British mystery novels. Lord Peter Wimsey, an elegant, refined London-based aristocrat with a taste for books and a penchant for the piano, is again here the leading figure, in 'Unnatural Death', also published as 'The Dawson Pedigree'.
    Wimsey is an old Etonian, Balliol Oxford (of course), served with distinction in His Majesty's forces during the War (this book having been written in 1927, I shall leave it to your good services to deduce which War), who resides both town and country somewhat fashionably, and takes great pride in the ancient family history (by the time one gets to be the fifteenth Duke of anything, the family can be easily considered ancient). Wimsey has a vocation as criminologist, not out of necessity, surely, and not by training either (for such training did not formally exist, but, as an Oxford Arts man, he was trained for most anything intellectual, or at least, that is what an Oxford Arts man would tell you). An interesting addition to the beginning of the book is a short biographical sketch of the fictional Wimsey by his equally-fictional uncle.
    All of this, of course, is but preamble to the latest mystery to come calling upon Lord Wimsey.
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