Foreword[ edit ] The novel includes a foreword in the form of a personal letter from the author "To my friend Joe Dignam, kindliest of landlords". The letter starts "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". Plot[ edit ] Significant locations in the novel — a sketch map.
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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.
And Wimsey immediately Where I got the book: purchased used on Amazon. 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. 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. 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 more 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.
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