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5.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Death - Lord Peter asks not only `whodunnit', and `howdunnit', but was it even dun at all?
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic detective fiction with the brilliant Peter Wimsey
While this isn't my favourite D.L Sayers, it's a wonderful story, about a young woman suspected of murdering her rich aunt and a servant who signed the aunt's will...but the post mortem doesn't show anything. Only Lord Peter Wimsey can solve the case, with the help of Chief Inspector Parker and Miss Climpson.
Published on 4 Oct 2000


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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic trip down memory lane, 21 May 2012
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Brian R. Martin (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This a classic `British style' mystery featuring Dorothy Sayers' hero Lord Peter Wimsey, a well-educated rich toff, who, relieved of the necessity of working for a living, spends much of his time investigating interesting criminal cases with the assistance of his long-suffering friend, Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard. This one starts when the pair has a chance meeting in a restaurant with a young doctor. He tells them a story of how he was forced to give up his rural GP's practice because he insisted on investigating the death of an elderly female patient of his, who although terminally ill, was not expected to die so suddenly. Wimsey is intrigued by some details of the story, including the actions of the woman's niece, who inherits her aunt's money in the absence of a Will. Despite the absence of any direct evidence that the death was suspicious, Wimsey decides to investigate further. Having quickly established the bare facts of the circumstances, he quickly concludes that the elderly patient was indeed murdered and believes he knows who was the murderer. He sets out to prove his theories.

This is all too much for Parker, who repeatedly reminds Wimsey that the post mortem found no evidence of foul play. Undeterred, Wimsey presses on and installs another of his assistants, a Miss Marples-like spinster called Miss Climpson, in the village where events took place, to secretly gather information about the many characters involved. Eventually Parker is forced to take the possibility of murder seriously when a former maid at the house is killed and other suspicious evidence emerges involving a recent change in the law concerning intestacy, the circumstances why a Will had not been made, and the possible existence of other beneficiaries. A number of false trails are pursed, involving visits to various parts of Sothern England, and another murder occurs before the final mystery is solved and Wimsey's suspicions are vindicated.

Reading this book was an enjoyable trip down memory lane. There are many stock characters, such as Miss Climpson, the local parson, a dim-witted Chief Constable, and some of the rural inhabitants of the village, but they all seem to fit into the story rather well. Even their prejudices, including casual racism, although jarring to modern ears, seems natural for the times. The plot is sufficiently complicated to keep the reader's attention and the final solution, although largely predictable, has one feature that I had not anticipated until the last few pages. Overall, an enjoyable period piece and a good contrast to modern thrillers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An original murder mystery, 21 April 2011
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H. M. Holt "souloftherose" (Tring, Herts) - See all my reviews
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The third book in Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series and my favourite so far (although admittedly I haven't got very far yet).

Lord Peter and Inspector Parker are having lunch one day when they strike up a conversation with a young doctor who mentions to them that he's convinced that a patient of his was murdered although he was able to find no evidence of foul play when he performed a post mortem. Lord Peter is convinced by the doctor's story and decides to investigate further.

I thought this was an unusual and original idea for a murder mystery in that from the very beginning we know 'who dunnit' but not why or how. And it's the why and the how (and some proof) that Lord Peter needs. The body count gets higher as the book progresses and I found myself completely gripped by the story and read the whole thing in one sitting.

We also get to see a more serious side to Lord Peter during a conversation he has with a minister about the morality of killing a terminally ill patient and the amount of responsibility Lord Peter should feel for investigating the crime and prompting further murders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service and product, 18 Oct 2014
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I'm quite satisfied - the product got to me on time and it met my expectations. I will shop with the seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Death, 4 May 2011
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Very enjoyable but would be vastly improved if the cast details and especially the music were removed between each episode and just inserted at the end of the 'book'
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic detective fiction with the brilliant Peter Wimsey, 4 Oct 2000
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While this isn't my favourite D.L Sayers, it's a wonderful story, about a young woman suspected of murdering her rich aunt and a servant who signed the aunt's will...but the post mortem doesn't show anything. Only Lord Peter Wimsey can solve the case, with the help of Chief Inspector Parker and Miss Climpson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent as ever, 2 Oct 2014
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Nicely crafted storyline - plot a little bit more obvious than some of the books but always enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lost world, 12 Aug 2009
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A good read, with an interesting murder method. Not the best Wimsey, but the mass of secondary characters is well-written, and the plot is good. As always, Sayers really evokes the feelings of the era, from the houses and landscapes, to the clothing and idioms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery - kindle price higher than paperback price, 7 Feb 2011
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Great book, readable and engaging - but the main mystery is why a book that is out of copywrite ( the author died more than 50 years ago in 19957 ) should cost more on kindle than in paperback !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Peter Wimsey novel, 27 Feb 2010
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A good piece of writing by Dorothy Sayers. It was complusive reading from begining to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Aug 2014
a great Sayers fan she was a great writer
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