Printed in Great Britain by. Here at last is your book about Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright. All the places are real places and all the trains are real trains, and all the landscapes are correct, except that I have run up a few new houses here and there. But you know better than anybody that none of the people are in the least like the real people, and that no Galloway artist would ever think of getting intoxicated or running away from his wife or bashing a fellow-citizen over the head. All that is just put in for fun and to make it more exciting. If I have accidentally given any real person's name to a nasty character, please convey my apologies to that person, and assure him or her that it was entirely unintentional.
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Posted on September 17, Updated on October 14, While dropping off was entirely my fault and casts no aspersion over the radio version, it soon become clear that this is a mystery that simply has to be read first on on the page if one is to have any hope of following the plot. Even then, this is a flawed book. And in those last two respects, Five Red Herrings — the sixth of her novels featuring the aristocratic detective — rather fails to make the usual grade. Instead the story becomes overwhelmed by minutiae, with page after page given over to study of local railway timetables in Scotland to the west of Dumfries and discussion over how long it would take someone to walk or bicycle or drive from one point to another.
If you manage to keep all these multiple moving pieces in your head for very long without getting hopelessly confused then you deserve a medal. Does that sound thrilling and appeal to you? As a result, this remains one of the most evocative records of a time and place now long gone. I suspect Sayers travelled these roads and rails many times conducting her own similar research.
The police here are surprisingly adept and sensible in this story compared with most in amateur detective fiction of the period, but that means Wimsey is reduced to being at the head of an ensemble cast — albeit the one with the wit and imagination to deliver the correct solution at the end where the police are being rather more literal and linear.
As for recurring characters in the series like manservant Bunter and Chief Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard, they get little more than cameo appearances here. More right than I usually get whodunnits in fact. Who knows? When all is said and done, the title of the book is very appropriate: this is a story of the Five Red Herrings with their dozen different misleading stories, motives and alibis between them.
Whodunnit and how at the end of all that is actually rather secondary to relishing the chaos and confusion of information overload about types of bicycles and cars and who went by which train to Glasgow that day and with whom and when. But even so, I did feel I deserved top marks at the end of the exam for not getting the right answer but merely getting to the end in the first place.
Five Red Herrings is available from all good bookshops and as an ebook. Also note how many police theories are shown to be unworkable by one particular person being at home during the night. Hope that helps! Terrifically helpful and — as I am currently wrestling with the train timetables and phonetics — sympathetic. Thank you. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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The Five Red Herrings [Suspicious Characters]
Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. When Sandy Campbell's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the small town of Kircdubright, the local constabulary are convinced that the argumentative painter is the victim of a tragic accident. But when Lord Peter Wimsey turns up, the hunt begins for an ingenious killer. Faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for murder, the aristocratic amateur sleuth must deduce which are the five red herrings and which has blood on his hands. Dorothy Leigh Sayers 13 June — 17 December was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages.
Taking the Short View
FP now includes eBooks in its collection. This tale is set in the Galloway region of Scotland, where, our novelist tells us, "one either fishes or paints. Fortunately, Lord Peter Wimsey is visiting the area Limit the size to characters.
Five Red Herrings, Filleted: A Dorothy L. Sayers Guest Post by A.J. Hall
Some of Wimsey's five red herrings who were formerly missing surface and a key witness comes forward,. Farren resurfaces and is questioned by Wimsey, who re-enacts the elaborate circumstances of Campbell's murder accompanied by the local police and one of the suspects in hopes of discovering the An obnoxious artist in southern Scotland alienates everyone around him and his dead body is found at the foot of a seacoast cliff. Check out what's streaming this month. See the full list.