Saturday, March 26, 2016

Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers

This is the third Lord Peter Wimsey book in the series and the third one I've read (I like to read a series in order if possible). I've liked them all so far, including this one. The plot was good and the characters are always great, which is the main reason I read them, since I never really considered myself much of a mystery fan. The mystery in this book was whether an old woman died from natural causes or murder, and if it was murder, how. A delightful new character was introduced into the series: Miss Climpson, a genteel spinster who was hired by Lord Peter to investigate for him. I was uncomfortable reading the sections about one of the characters, who was black, because of the racism, so I kept reminding myself that Dorothy L. Sayers was a product of her time (1927). I read this book for the following category for Back to the Classics 2016 Reading Challenge:

3.  A classic by a woman author

I rate it 3 out of 5 (it would have been 4 out of 5 if it hadn't been for the racism).

1 comment:

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I enjoyed the Peter Whimsey books when I read them years ago, and kept my copies for a future reread. It is jarring sometimes to run into racism and other attitudes that aren't as common today (though, sadly, still around), though. Like you said, it does help to remember the author is a product of his or her time.