The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

by Dorothy L. Sayers | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0450016307 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmiketrollwing on 11/15/2004
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingmiketrollwing on Monday, November 15, 2004
Mediocre whodunit involving wills and pills.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmiketrollwing at Railway Station in Clacton on Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, December 17, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (12/17/2009 UTC) at Railway Station in Clacton on Sea, Essex United Kingdom

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Oops! Forgot to let it go. Trying again on 5 Feb 10 at the Coffee #1 OBCZ in Albany Road, Cardiff.

Journal Entry 3 by wingHerbertLoobywing at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, March 20, 2011
I can't find most of my books at the moment as they're still packed up after a house move so picked this up to keep me going!

Journal Entry 4 by riffraff71 at Benfleet, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This book has come home in my bookbox.Thanks everyone :)

Journal Entry 5 by riffraff71 at Turriff , Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
I realised I've had this book sitting in my bookcase for a decade!!! Time to get it moving again!

Journal Entry 6 by riffraff71 at Turriff , Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/5/2022 UTC) at Turriff , Scotland United Kingdom

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Sending this off as part of a birthday pressie.

Journal Entry 7 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Thank you riffraff71! I like Dorothy L Sayers and read this one just a few months back unfortunately (though this is a much nicer copy than the one I had). I'm sure I have bookcrossing friends who'd like to read it too. Will pass it forward when I get a chance.

I've copied my earlier journal entry for the novel below:

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An elderly General is found dead sitting in his favourite chair with a newspaper on his knee at the Bellona Club. A sad indictment of club members' observation skills, or something more sinister??? There are twists aplenty, and Wimsey is an entertaining amateur detective very different to Miss Marple or Poirot.

Sayers tends to be more ideas-driven than Christie I find, and true to form the plot is driven by interesting little quandaries and conflicts along the way. How the wording of Lady Dorling's will means that the General's death becomes ultra-important, how the different war experiences between generations (Boer war vs WW1) affects their characters, what the chosen books and hobbies of a young woman say about her state of mind, etc.

The story starts on Armistice Day and the after-effects of WW1 loom large over events. I found this really interesting, as the book was written in 1928 well before the collective perceptions we tend to hold about it today had settled. For example, not everyone thinks that shell-shocked ex-soldiers are figures deserving of pity. And there's a general sense of, what do we *do* with them now? These were obviously quite significant issues of the time.

So overall The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club was a worthwhile read, both for its plot and historical insights.

Journal Entry 8 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/18/2022 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sent to the winner of the tea and crime/thriller sweepstakes. Congratulations!

Journal Entry 9 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, May 21, 2022
Received as part of the Tea and Mystery Sweeps along with some lovely tea. I have read this before but it was YEARS ago and I can't remember the story so it will be like reading it for the first time. Thank you very much. :-)

Journal Entry 10 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 31, 2022
What an insight into how the upper classes functioned at this time. Not entirely sure that some things haven't remained the same. I found almost all of the characters deeply unpleasant and their sense of entitlement was also annoying. The way in which the villain was dealt with at the end is shocking in the modern world, but I know this was seen as the "best" outcome for all in the circumstances. My local LFL is looking a bit bare so I plan to release this one there.

Released 3 wks ago (5/31/2022 UTC) at Little Free Library - Meadows Community Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Set free in the Little Free Library. Happy reading!

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