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The Five Red Herrings

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'She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.' - P. D. James 'I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail.' - Ruth Rendell 'She combined literary prose with powerful … see full wiki

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Go fish

  • Feb 21, 2013
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+3
Sayers turns in a tightly twisted plot involving an artist's murder in a coastal Scottish village that is home to a close colony of artists--at least six of whom have a motive for killing the unlikeable victim.  She takes obvious and devious delight in laying false leads, dead-end clues, and irrelevant facts.

Buried among the red herrings are the facts that point to....all of the possible suspects!   And buried below the surface, where only master sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and his local constabulary compadres can misread them, are the leads that point to the real killer.  Missing in this outing are the dense literary allusions from the previous LPW mysteries, but with the dense brain work required to keep up with the plot twists, you won't have time to think about them.

And yes there is some fishing involved.  But none of it is important to unmasking the killer. Or maybe it is.  Pay attention and have fun trying to keep up.

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