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Dorothy L. Sayers
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3 July 2006 BBC Audio Crime
The dignified calm of the Bellona Club is shattered when Lord Peter Wimsey finds General Fentiman dead in his favourite chair. A straighforward death by natural causes? Perhaps...but why can no-one remember seeing the general the day he died? And, who is the mysterious Mr. Oliver? Lord Peter moves between London and Paris, salon and suburbs, to unfold the intriguing case. The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations. Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. Sayers' charming investigator in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071485
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. (P. D. James)

Her books are English Literature at its best. Her plots are finely tuned and her Lord Peter Wimsey is delightful (The Times (letter))

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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 fourth appearance solves the mystery of a of sudden death in a gentleman's club in London. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less frothy than some of the other Wimsey novels 19 Nov 2006
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As other reviewers have mentioned, what makes this novel stand out from the usual period crime fiction is the portrayal of between-the-wars London when Armistice Day is still a real reminder of what men endured, when survivors of the first world war still suffer from shell-shock and the after-effects of gassing and wounds, and when having a wife go out to work is a significant slur on a man's masculinity.

The actual murder itself is less satisfying than some of the other novels in this series, and the unveiling of the culprit is a bit of a deux ex machina ending, so in some ways this works best as a novel with an incidental crime rather than the other way round. A good read anyway, though with a significantly darker centre than some of the other Wimsey books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 6 Sep 2002
Not one of Peter Wimsey's best efforts but an interesting enough puzzle, well though out and satisfying to all fans of Dorothy L Sayers. However what makes this book fascinating for me is the deeply convincing contemporary portrait of upper and middle class post World War 1 Britain.
The Edwardian afternoon still lingers on for those too old to have fought and the Gentlemans club which forms the backdrop for much of this book remains a refuge from a rapidly changing world.
But for the "lucky" ones who return from the trenches their experiences haunt them. There are also the new economic realities of unemployment to be faced.
Dorothy L Sayer has brilliantly and effortlessly evoked the flavour of the period. As reader of detective fiction and a passionate history buff I enjoyed it enormously.
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Originally published in 1928, this was the fourth novel to feature Dorothy L Sayers' aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey. This review is for the BBC radio adaptation, first broadcast in six episodes in 1975 and starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter.

This is a fine drama that revolves around a knotty little question. When an old and distinguished member of the Bellona club is found dead in his chair it becomes a matter of great importance to establish when he died, for his estranged sister died on the same day and if he predeceased her by even a minute then a major inheritance will travel down an entirely different route. Lord Peter bust bring all of his forensic skill to bear and soon he starts to wonder if the old boy's death was as natural as everyone thought.

The book was very much of its time, and dealt in large part with the fall out from the great war, which finished a decade earlier. The mood of the nation viz armistice day and the presence in society of young men still suffering from shellshock are important plot points. Though a decade earlier the war still cast a shadow over the times and over this tale.

Ian Carmichael and co do an excellent job of bringing the tale to life. Carmichael in particular IS Lord Peter, giving the character a casual lighthearted wit but able to see clearly and with a steely determination when called for. This tale has a particularly powerful ending, Carmichael really gives it weight.

5 stars for this excellent radio drama from the BBC. It still stands up well today, nearly 40 years after its first broadcast, and is a joy to listen to. I loved every minute of it, 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The unpleastantness at the Bellona Club 4 Feb 2012
By Pat H
I first read this book several years ago, borrowing it from the Library. I enjoy Dorothy Sayers' writing very much even though there are some aspects of her books which indicate a consciouness of class which is very different from that prevailing today: whereby a character will act in a way required by his/her class and not necessarily the way the same character would act if being written about today. Also some of her books indicate that there was a degree of racial discrimination amongst the "upper classes" which is quite disconcerting now.

However, despite the above, suffice to say, I enjoyed this book and the other Lord Peter Wimsey books I've re-read recently, just as much as I did several years ago. I'm very pleased I bought the book "The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The aftermath of world war 1 12 May 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, published in 1928, is the fourth novel featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.
General Fentiman and Lady Dormer are an elderly brother and sister, but haven't spoken for years. On her deathbed, she sends for him and they are reconciled. If she dies first, he will inherit her fortune, which his grandsons desperately need. But if he dies first, her money goes to Ann Dorland, a distant relative who lives with her.
Lady Dormer dies at 10:37 next morning, 11th November. It is Armistice Day. The General is found dead at his club that afternoon so, of course, it is vital to establish whether he or his sister died first. Lady Dormer's estate would be plenty for all three heirs but Ann Dorland will not share. Wimsey is asked to help solve the puzzle....
There is a sombre tone to this book, set in the aftermath of World War I. The book is full of references to the damage it has done. Even Lord Peter's usual jokey, deliberately foolish and exhibitionist behaviour is much more subdued than in other novels. As ever, we are treated to much more than a whodunnit. Parker, in particular, is illuminated to us in greater depth than ever before. The writing talent that culminated in the brilliant `Gaudy Night' is clearly developing. The story is very well written, tightly plotted and has a few surprises but, for me, much of the real interest also lies in the picture of an era now dead.
I love the portrayal of this bygone era and culture, one struggling to deal with the terrible suffering during and following the Great War and the social change and instability of the post-war era. Sayers writes beautifully about the very posh and privileged and (as a Welsh person) I am fascinated by the Englishness of it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story, engaging time period.
On the book as a literary work: excellent DL Sayers. On condition from seller: not as good as they said; sold as "very good" but I would say it's more like... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Valerie Mogan
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Fab, just love Lord Peter Wymsey, Ian Carmichael is just the best. I love the storylines and the production is great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I just love the understatement in the title to start with. This book is typical Sayers and quite complicated but plain at the same time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars One of DLS's Best
I am a staunch Dorothy L Sayers fan so cannot fault it, great read. I would definitely recommend this book
Published 8 months ago by JMPBS
3.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar fourth book in the Wimsey series
When Peter Wimsey finds the elderly General Fentiman dead in front of the fire of the Bellona Club, it seems like an obvious case of natural causes, especially as the General was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friend Re-Visited
How many books do you read twice? For most of us, it's a small sub-set, and with detective stories, where not knowing the ending is often so important, there can only be one thing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charles Arthur Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Devotee of Sayers
All books of the Wimsey series are all of the same high literary level without ever reducing the thrill of a detective story from a time where gentlemen lived in real life.
Published 10 months ago by Albert Godts
5.0 out of 5 stars peter wimsey
great to ready this again after 20 odd years. written with quite a bit of posh wit!!. you warm to peter straight away. Read more
Published 13 months ago by chezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd
Very very enjoyable. Wonderful writer her books always enjoyable . Well read with great character voices no matter how many times you hear it you like it.
Published 13 months ago by Regular amazon customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Still sings for its supper
Either you like period mystery stories or not. Either you like detective fiction that feature old Etonian/Balliol younger sons or not. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Nicholls
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