Five Red Herrings, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A must-read for fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries, Lord Peter Wimsey is the immortal amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers. Lord Peter Wimsey could imagine the artist stepping back, the stagger, the fall, down to where the pointed rocks grinned like teeth.

But was it an accident - or murder? Six members of the close-knit Galloway artists' colony do not regret Campbell's death.

Five of them are red herrings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, Map
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780450012488

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Classic mystery with a very complicated plot.

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The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers features Sir Peter Wimsey as he aids the police in solving a murder in a Scottish artist’s colony. A very disagreeable man has been found dead, and it isn’t long before it has been decided that this was no accident.Timing and train schedules are very important in the solving of this case. A murder that can only be solved by working out the numbers and Sir Peter Wimsey is just the man to do it. There are six valid suspects, but only one committed the deed, the other five are red herrings.This was a fun and intelligent mystery. Sir Peter is in fine form, and as he assists the police as they work through their lists of suspects, he has his eyes open for the one thing that will decide for once and for all which one of the suspects is the actual murderer. The final clue? Well, that would be telling, but it’s wise to bear in mind that both the victim and the suspects were all artists.

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I first read this book in my early teens, soon after going on a school camping trip to Galloway where this book is set, so I have always had a soft spot for this Lord Peter Wimsey mystery.

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I gave up on this about half way through. There was so much about trains to Ayr and trains to Euston and pages of infinitesimally detailed discussion of train time tables and boats to Ireland and bicycles with different tyres and it was just very very uninteresting and impossible to follow. The characters were hard to differentiate - there was a Scottish inspector, sergeant and constable and in my mind they were completely interchangeable. I could only keep the suspects straight by referring back to the first chapter. Also, the rendering of Scottish dialect was distracting: what on earth is "imph'm" meant to indicate? I found it difficult to understand why Whimsey was there at all and Bunter seemed completely out of place. Very disappointing.

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