Wednesday, the 9th of December, and time again for Shelf Control! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what it’s about, why you want to read it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
This week, my pick is The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the fourth of the Lord Peter Wimsey series of books by the author, which has 11 works (according to the Goodreads listing). Lord Peter is a gentleman-detective who solves mysteries assisted by his valet Bunter, his brother-in-law Charles Parker, a police detective, and later by Harrier Vane, his wife. His mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, a rather witty (and fun) lady also appears in the books, as does his conventional older brother, the current duke, Gerald.
In The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, first published in 1928, ninety-year-old General Fentiman is called to his sister, Lady Dormer’s deathbed. Here he learns that he will inherit all her fortune, but if he dies before her, the fortune goes to her companion, Ann Dorland. The fortune is something the General’s grandsons desperately need (how else will the scene be set for murder!). Lady Dormer dies the next morning and the General is found dead in the afternoon in his armchair at the Bellona Club. As it is unclear which of them died first, and Ann Dorland wants no settlement with the General’s grandsons though the fortune is large enough to provide for all three, Lord Peter is called in to investigate (by his friend, the solicitor for the Fentimans).
Things will of course not be as simple as the question of who died first (though even that doesn’t seem particularly simple) for there is the question also of how the General died and the mysterious Mr X who fled when wanted for questioning…
I have read a few of the Lord Peter mysteries earlier to which I’ve had mixed reactions. While I didn’t dislike any, one or two I found just ok; but I like the characters in the books and the description of this mystery seems quite interesting, and there will obviously be murder involved at some point (at least so I think). So it should be interesting to see how Lord Peter works the puzzle out, and who finally gets the fortune.
Do you enjoy the Lord Peter Wimsey books? Which are your favourites? Have you read this one? How did you like it? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!