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Five Red Herrings
on 4 May 2015
I remember finding this book a bit boring when I first read in it my late teens and as a result I haven't re-read until now. I actually enjoyed this re-reading. There is a great deal of humour in it one way and another and some of the dialogue made me laugh.
An artist is found dead and at first it looks as though he could have simply slipped and fallen down some rocks into a stream but Peter Wimsey is sure it is murder because of something missing from the scene. The 'something missing' is carefully omitted at that point so that the reader has to work it out for themselves. I didn't work it out until much later in the story - others will probably work it out sooner!
There are plenty of suspects as just about all his fellow artists in the area have fallen out with him at some point or other. What's more most of them seem to have left the area at about the time of the murder and the police temporarily have no suspects to interview.
Wimsey is as puzzled as the police and sets about sleuthing in his own inimitable fashion to the annoyance of some and the amusement of others. I think my favourite part of the book was the reconstruction of the crime - which is really funny. I also liked the running theme of the various bicycles and train journey involved in the case.
If you want a murder mystery which will make you work hard to try and solve it along with Wimsey and the police characters then try this one but you will really have to concentrate and be able to remember all the various suspects and the sequence of events - not to speak of the lies and misinformation from most of the characters at one time or another.