|Plot Summary of The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club|
Ninety year old General Fentiman is found dead in his usual chair at the Bellona Club. Normally, this would not cause a sensation, he had a bad heart, but his sister also died on the same day. Her will stipulated that if her brother died first, he would inherit almost a half a million dollars. If he did not, her cousin/companion, Ann Dorland, would inherit the bulk of her estate. The general's grandsons and heirs, Robert and George Fentiman, are now in a legal battle.
Lord Peter Wimsey has been asked to determine the time of the old man's death. Wimsey has suspicions about the death because of the scientific mannerisms of rigor mortis. He discovers that the general's body had been moved after death. An exhumation proves that General Fentiman was poisoned by an overdose of Digitalis, a heart medication. Only Robert seems to know the elusive Mr. Oliver who saw the old man the night before his death. George's wife also takes heart medication, and Ms. Dorland does not appear to be very mournful. All of the heirs are suspects and the doctor who treated the general. Through several false clues and tailing suspects, Lord Wimsey solves the murder of General Fentiman.
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|Chapter Analysis of The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 70%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- old people/geritol crowd
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- inheritance struggle
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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