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Flawed, but a rippin' read
on 30 June 2017
Lord Peter is superhumanly talented and knows about everything, but Bunter is even more of a superman. Was Sayers sending up the conventions? Very likely. I loved these books when I read them first in my teens. They (and Christie) were the first adult books I'd read, and I lapped up the details of how adults live. I didn't really understand that the 20s were a long time ago... But then I became a historian.
Lord Peter becomes politer in later books. He is horribly rude here to Inspector Sugg, and to Thipps' neighbours who have pretentions to gentility. He is unfailingly kind to Thipps, however, the discoverer of the body and a previous acquaintance.
Just one question. A naked corpse is found in Mr Thipps' bath, at the same time a well-known financier, Sir Reuben Levy, goes missing. One detail makes it impossible for the corpse to be Levy. Wouldn't the murderer have thought of that?
By the way, Lord Peter's "huntin', shootin, bally old whatsit" accent belongs to the aristocracy – it isn't an affectation.