Lord Peter Wimsey, gentleman sleuth, is roped in to investigate the suspicious circumstances around the death of an old general in the Bellona Club. This is my first taste of a Dorothy Sayers mystery, and I will doubtless go back for more.
The war has not treated George Fentiman well. A victim of shell shock, he has nervous episodes and is looked askance at his club. His brother, on the other hand, has made a successful career in the army. General Fentiman, their grandfather, is an octogenarian who lives on a fixed schedule. A fixture at his club, he is found dead in his favorite chair by the fireplace. The doctor signs off on a natural death caused by old age. Strangely enough, the General’s estranged sister is found dead on the same day. It is now imperative to establish the time of death due to an unusual will. A great fortune is at stake, and Lord Peter is engaged to make some discreet inquiries.
Lord Peter’s search brings to light a mysterious character called Oliver who was the last person to see the General alive. Miss Dorland, the dead lady’s companion is also suspected. Is the case worth investigating, or should everyone just split the money? Club members are expressing discontent over all this unpleasantness.
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club is a classic mystery from the Oxford educated Dorothy Sayers. There are a few twists and turns that keep the story interesting. The end seems prosaic, but most mysteries do once they are solved. Lord Peter Wimsey is here to stay on my bookshelf, with all his whimsies.