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on 18 October 2012
Number seven Wimsey. Feels like no. seventy! Comedy Scots accents (we dinny talk like that ye ken) and dialogue interspersed through this turgid story. Another mercifully short-lived character has, for some reason, a lithp and every thingle thilibant thound he utterth ith thpelt like thith. What on earth wath the thinking???
Detail enough provided to drown several herds of elephants ~ and the reader's capacity to keep upsides with what's presented as possible constructs. Till now I'd not realised quite how variable in quality was Sayers' work. I do hope there are none worse than this dross!
Its one saving grace is it's cheaper than the others, "only" £4.99 or so. "Whiskey" is either American rye or Irish, in Scotland it's "whisky" which Miss Sayers gets wrong all the way through. "9 Tailors" is excellent, but this piece of boring awfulness is best left till you feel you must read it to complete your Wimsey collection. Even then I'd not bother, shallow characterisations and ludicrous plot make this the worst read I had thus far in 2012.