Friday, September 08, 2006

Unnatural Death

Unnatural Death

Dorothy L. Sayers

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Fiction, Mystery

Lord Peter Wimsey returns in a mystery of a death which seems to be natural, and turns out to be anything but. It should be straightforward: the old woman had cancer, and died from nothing more than a heart stoppage. Yet as Wimsey investigates, the possibility of murder becomes all too real, as the witnesses in the case begin to suffer 'natural deaths' of their own.

This is a charming mystery in the traditional British style. It was written in between the World Wars with a protagonist who had served in the army (and who still suffers from shell-shock, something we now call PTSD.) Despite the talk of blood and bodies, one can still imagine sitting down to read this with a proper English tea, with scones and biscuits and Earl Grey.

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