The Five Red Herrings

The Five Red Herrings The Body Was On The Pointed Rocks Alongside The Stream The Artist Might Have Fallen From The Cliff Where He Was Painting, But There Are Too Many Suspicious Elements Particularly The Medical Evidence That Proves He D Been Dead Nearly Half A Day, Though Eyewitnesses Had Seen Him Alive A Scant Hour Earlier And Then There Are The Six Prime Suspects All Of Them Artists, All Of Whom Wished Him Dead Five Are Red Herrings, But One Has Created A Masterpiece Of Murder That Baffles Everyone, Including Lord Peter WimseyThe Body In The BurnLord Peter Wimsey S Scottish Fishing Is Curtailed By The Death Of A Local ArtistHis Lordship And Faithful Bunter InvestigateDisappearancesLord Peter Wimsey Investigates The Death Of A Scottish Artist But The Key Suspects Keep DisappearingBicyclesLord Peter Wimsey S Investigations Of The Death Of An Artist Are Complicated By The Disappearance Of Several BicyclesBunter InvestigatesLord Peter Wimsey S Faithful Manservant, Bunter, Takes The Initiative In The Investigation Of The Murder Of A Scottish ArtistAlibisLord Peter Wimsey Sets About Verifying The Alibis Of The Key Suspects In The Murder Of A Scottish ArtistEvidence Of A Commercial TravellerLord Peter Wimsey Pores Over The Evidence And Sifts The Clues To Establish Who Murdered A Scottish ArtistCouncil Of WarThere Are Many Theories In The Case Of A Murdered Scottish Artist, But Lord Peter Wimsey Is The Man To Get To The Bottom Of ItReconstructionLord Peter Wimsey And His Council Of War Reconstruct The Final Hours Of A Murdered Scottish Artist

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.Dorothy L Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante s Divina

[Reading] ➶ The Five Red Herrings By Dorothy L. Sayers –
  • Paperback
  • 354 pages
  • The Five Red Herrings
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • English
  • 24 February 2018
  • 9780061043635

10 thoughts on “The Five Red Herrings

  1. says:

    In this, the seventh novel of the Lord Peter Wimsey series, Dorothy L Sayers has surpassed herself We have the murder of an artist who drinks too much, quarrels with everyone, and is obnoxious to all without bias.We have Lord Peter visiting friends in the neighbourhood who realizes right away that the murderer had to have been another artist We have a police force with several interesting personnel who are all doing their part to discover which one or combination of the six suspects is the guilty person s.This novel takes place in Scotland and I thoroughly enjoyed the vernacular as the author was precise in writing as they spoke rather than as the words are spelled I could hear their speech directly in my ear as I read, even though this was a written book, not audio.The descriptions of the countryside were also both fascinating and atmospheric in a way that helped me feel I was there Since there was a lot of movement in this story, we were able to visit several places in Scotland during the course of this case s development.During the last portion of the book, there is a meeting with the fiscal, and each of the police officers present their theory of who committed the crime complete with the supporting evidence By the time Lord Peter is to present his version it felt like it did at the beginning who did this but with arrows pointing at each person.Then, Lord Peter decides to re enact the crime as he saw it with each of the police officers playing a role and those who didn t have a role were there as witnesses Regardless of their own theories, each officer threw themselves into their assigned roles with professionalism and enthusiasm.After finishing this book, I realized what an effective device this was We were allowed to be party to a nasty murder without having all the gore stuck in our faces I am amazed by how cleverly this book was written and based on my enjoyment I would recommend this to mystery fans especially those who have also enjoyed other Golden Age of Mystery writers.

  2. says:

    read during my AIG Years I Remember surely Sayers can do better the intriguing mystery gets lost in the unceasingly tedious recounting of all the various permutations of a train schedule chapter after chapter of train schedules TRAIN SCHEDULE, TRAIN SCHEDULES, STOP IT ALREADY where are the suspects oh there they are, only took a half a book to get to them some good lines here and there the characters of Wimsey Bunter remain wonderful but are given little play.

  3. says:

    I can t believe I gave two stars to a Peter Wimsey novel Why only two stars Well, Lord Wimsey is on a little fishing vacation in Scotland There was a murder and Peter gets involved Since the setting is in Scotland, the author attempted to add authenticity by having the local characters speak with a Scottish brougue There were paragraphs of dialogue written with a thick accent It slowed my reading progress down to the point where I lost the thread of the story Then, there was an overly complicated time table involving train schedules, bicycles, and five artist I really had a hard time keeping it all clear Way too many theories tossed around as well After all of that, the ending was a let down Overall, a C

  4. says:

    Where I got the book purchased used on Continuing my Lord Peter Wimsey re read.Ah, the Wimsey book I never liked I like it better now, but I still think it lacks something of the other books Wimsey is in Scotland, presumably getting away from it all it, by now, meaning Harriet Vane, who was in the last book Somewhat incongruously, he is hanging out in an artists community, when one of the painters, an argumentative bugger called Campbell, is found dead And Wimsey immediately knows he s murdered, because of a detail that you really have to have read the book once before to understand foreknowledge makes the whole of the book much clearer I always kind of resented Sayers for not giving the reader that clue early on, because after all isn t the whole point of a classic murder mystery that the reader has ALL the facts presented to them So we end up with six suspects, all painters, and the novel goes into excruciating detail examining the movements and motives of each of them Railway timetables and other kinds of timetable are much in evidence, making this a hard read In addition many of the characters speak in broad Scots, and peersonally ah m no verra guid at followin sich a mess o dialogue, ye ken Worse, we even have one witness who talkth like thith I think Sayers is indicating here that the gentleman is Jewish, as she was cheerfully bigoted after the manner of her generation.And yet if you have the patience to wade through the Scots and the timetables and all the business about bicycles, it s a very clever mystery Although Wimsey solves it NOT on the strength of all the miles and miles of careful reconstruction of the crime but on the strength of the aforementioned unspoken clue, which means that basically the entire middle 4 5 of the book is a RED HERRING, so yeesh.For Wimsey devotees there are also some nice little character touches, foreshadowing the deepening of character that was to come in the other Wimsey Vane books So for me it was fun to encounter what almost came across as new information And, of course, cleverly written, although the older I get the I notice the instability of POV that haunts the books But, you see, DLS had the trick of making us into drooling Wimsey fans, showing the power of a damn good character to make up for any amount of technical faults.

  5. says:

    Lord Peter Wimsey is on holiday in Galloway, where people either fish or paint and some do both The artistic centre of Galloway is Kirkcudbright and there are many artists in the area One evening there is an argument between a Scottish painter, called Campbell, and an English artist, named Waters However, this was not unusual Campbell being an argumentative man, who regularly caused trouble and fell out with his neighbours The next morning, Campbell is found dead Was he painting, when he slipped an hit his head or was he murdered Lord Peter sets off in pursuit of the answer.This mystery involves six suspects, all artists who knew and who had argued with Campbell for different reasons They are Hugh Farren, Henry Strachan, Matthew Gowan, Jock Graham, Michael Waters and John Ferguson The problem is that all of them are possibly guilty of the crime and Lord Peter, and the police, are left to untangle all the different alibi s and motives This was not my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, but it was still a good read As always, Lord Peter solves the crime and the location is an enjoyable one At times, though, the endless lists of suspects and alibi s got a little tedious Lord Peter really brings the book alive, when the plot drags though and this is still a good addition to the series.

  6. says:

    In the second chapter of Five Red Herrings , as Lord Peter Wimsey examines the newly discovered corpse, he starts to frantically look around for a specific item A police sergeant asks him what he s hunting for and the following paragraph appears in parenthesis Here Lord Peter Wimsey told the Sergeant what he was looking for and why, but as the intelligent reader will readily supply these details for himself, they are omitted from this page Now I would say that virtually no reader is going to be able to guess what the sleuthing peer is actually searching for it isn t even mentioned in the text before this point , and since it proves to be absolutely crucial to how Winsey carries out his investigation, this omission is therefore cheating It is a highly inelegant trick and terribly unfair on Sayers part After all the reader is supposed to be given a shot at solving the case for themselves, and having such an important piece of information hidden away makes the entire book which does have a great deal that s entertaining within it feel like a bit of con.You won t need to be one of detective fiction s great operators then, to note that I am still somewhat ambivalent about Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey And that s a shame as there s a lot here that I liked The setting is a small community in Scotland where there are seemingly dozens of painters When a particularly objectionable member of their breed is slain, there are six obvious suspects five of whom are red herrings The mechanics of them all having dodgy alibis is incredibly well done, the setting is nicely evoked and there are some wonderful lines for example, a Police Inspector answering questions with the resentful accent of a schoolboy burdened with too much homework There is also a nice post modern element to this 1931 mystery It s noted which characters have mystery books they could have purloined ideas from a red herring itself is of course a term used far often in detective novels than in actual detecting while towards the end of the book, when Wimsey raises the possibility of the killer not being one of the six, he is chastised for being like the worst kind of detective fiction It s interesting that even this early in the detective novel s surge to the top, the genre was capable of reaching in to itself.On the down side it does tip its hat as to whodunit a tad too early, and I could have down without the renderings of Scottish dialect from the menial characters And then of course there s the fact that Sayers doesn t play by the rules as far as the reader is concerned But if you go into the mystery forearmed on that point, having steeled yourself adequately, you should find that there s a lot between these covers to give you pleasure.

  7. says:

    Does anyone else watch Endeavour There s a part where Morse s mentor tells him that he might be able to come up with brilliant theories and connections, but the actual police work, the grunt fact checking stuff, has to get done too, and frankly, he sucks at itWell that s as it may be, as Lord Peter would say, but while it may make for a better policeman, it makes for a boring novel Like how do you look at Peter Wimsey stories and weirdly decide that what s wrong with them is that there should be fussy paperwork Especially when you make your reader suffer through all the pulling teeth aspects of that decision and then all but like 1% of it doesn t pay off Honestly, if they had one scene talking about where someone s bicycle may or may not have been on the morning in question, I might have chucked it, charming BBC performances or no No one needs that much realism in their detective stories It was almost ALMOST worth it for the big scene at the end where everybody sits around a table and gets to throw out six different theories and Sayers has done the work for all of them to be totally plausible Although I m sure it won t surprise you at all to hear Peter s theory is the winner, because of course he is the specialest snowflake of all, it was great to see other characters get to sound intelligent and rival him He really only turns out to be right through as much blind luck as anything But that was one relatively short scene in a relatively longer book or at least it surrreeeeeeeeee felt that way, even listening to it Peter s in Scotland too, so none of his quirky friends show up to lighten the mood and provide some fun tangents for Peter s intellect and some silly toff period dialogue to laugh at Meh At least my commutes were filled with the soothing sounds of BBC actors rather than the news That s all I can say for it onto the next Which is Have His Carcase Another Harriet Vane Hopefully this will be the one that converts me on her.

  8. says:

    Yikes I love Lord Peter, but this might well be Sayers worst effort Five Red Herrings has a lovely setting, taking place in Galloway The characters are nicely penned, with an affectionate look at Scotland s dogged policemen and the recalcitrant local artists and fishermen whose obstinate refusal to tell the truth prevents them from serving justice However, the plot is weak, repetitive and dull Unless you are obsessed with train tickets, schedules and the minutiae of bicycle speeds, models and tire treads, you should likely avoid this The retelling of the story of the murder happens so often that one would suspect that Campbell was killed on Groundhog Day Seriously, six investigations of six suspects is WAY too many Even the 1985 movie Clue had only 3 alternate endings This book comes perilously close to being a Choose Your Own Adventure novel.Then, to make sure the horse has really been flogged properly, every person who worked on solving the case gets to present their opinions on how the murder was carried out nobody agrees on a suspect, of course and then Lord Peter, comparing himself once again to Sherlock Holmes, comes up with the somewhat unlikely solution, pulling two rabbits out of his hat to make his case My boyfriend, hearing me moan about how painfully long and boring the audiobook was, asked Who did it, the painter I groaned out loud They re ALL painters I can t tell who s who any Lack of differentiation between suspects annoys me When Chapter Seven arrived, I felt certain I had reached the end Nope Three chapters left Zzz Struggling to the end, I waited for the whodunnit Reenactment of the crime was slightly interesting than the rest, but utterly unbelievable no police department would agree to such shenanigans I give this a pass Do yourself a favour skip over this hot mess to the next book, Have His Carcase She wrote that in 1932, the year my Dad was born It s a much better mystery You ll enjoy it , I promise.

  9. says:

    In the meantime, a constable had rounded up the undertaker, who arrived in great excitement, swallowing the last fragments of his tea A slight further delay was caused by its occurring to somebody that the Fiscal should be notified The Fiscal, fortunately enough, happened to be in the town, and joined the party, explaining to Wimsey as they drove along to the mortuary that it was the most painful case he had handled in the whole of his experience, and that he had been much struck by the superiority of the Scots law to the English in these matters, For, said he, the publicity of a coroner s inquest is bound to give much unnecessary pain to the relations, which is avoided by our method of private investigation That is very true, said Wimsey, politely, but think of all the extra fun we get from the Sunday newspapers Inquests are jam to them The Five Red Herrings started off strong and I loved the setting and some of the scenes like Bunter being a few steps ahead of Lord Peter, retelling his adventures in the fashion of The Castle of Otranto, and then caring for Lord Peter by having the Arnica oinment at the ready for Lord Peter s bruises However, for most of the book, I wished Sayers had spared us the details of doggedly chasing down every single train connection and what is every single it seemed damned bicycle in the country only to find out that it was not the bicycle in question Not one of my favourite Wimseys.

  10. says:

    I loved the ending of this book, but the rest of it Well, it s not a typical Dorothy L Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey We didn t see so much of Lord Peter s character and foibles Bunter played a very minor role and that mainly as Lord Peter s manservant nor did we see much of our other regular characters This may have been because of the location, Scotland But the whole writing style seemed completely different to the previous Lord Peter murder mysteries I have read.I did not enjoy the timelines and regimentation as much as I enjoy Lord Peters flights of fancy and waffling as he puts people at their ease and learns things they would never otherwise dream of telling him.I did enjoy the reconstruction of the crime as he believed it to have been carried out, and as I said previously, I did enjoy the ending But this will not go down as one of my Sayer favourites.

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