History Literature / LordPeterWimsey

17th Aug '17 1:19:34 PM dmeagher13
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* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Thorpes are this in ''The Nine Tailors'' due to the theft of a houseguest's priceless emerald necklace that they insisted on compensating her for.
5th Aug '17 1:38:24 PM john_e
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* ChubbyChaser: In "The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face", Inspector Winterbottom mentions that the victim's mistress was very attractive, if you like them thin. Which he doesn't -- he prefers "well-upholstered" women.
30th Jul '17 3:22:19 PM john_e
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* {{Bifauxnen}}: In the 1986 adaptation of ''Strong Poison'', the 'anti-man' Eiluned Price dresses in this style.
22nd Jul '17 12:41:04 PM john_e
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* DurableDeathtrap: Not actually a ''death''trap (Lord Peter and Gerald get nothing worse than a soaking) but the mechanism protecting the PirateBooty in "The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head" is still in perfect working order after two hundred years of no maintenance.



* PlanetOfSteves: Several quite unusual names -- Gotobed, Pomfret, Jukes -- reappear throughout the books, attached to presumably unrelated characters.

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* PirateBooty: In "The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head", Lord Peter and his nephew track down the treasure of "Cut-Throat" Conyers, who was widely believed to have been a pirate and sailed with Blackbeard. Conyers hid the treasure many years after he'd retired from piracy and settled down as a country landowner.
* PlanetOfSteves: Several quite unusual names -- Gotobed, Pomfret, Jukes -- reappear throughout the books, attached to presumably unrelated characters. There's also one story where two brothers are called Haviland and Martin, and in a later book an unrelated character is called Haviland Martin.
18th Jul '17 12:25:16 PM john_e
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: In "The Practical Joker" Lord Peter says this to the villain, a blackmailer who's experiencing for the first time what blackmail feels like from the other end.
14th Jul '17 3:05:49 PM john_e
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* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Lord Peter does this to one of the villains in "A Matter of Taste".
14th Jul '17 12:05:37 AM john_e
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* EvilDetectingDog: In "The Bone of Contention", the horse Lord Peter borrows refuses to approach the scene of a long-ago murder.


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* NoMoreForMe: Lord Peter's reaction to seeing a spectral coach drawn by headless horses, in "The Bone of Contention": "Good Lord! How many whiskies did we have?"
14th May '17 2:24:39 PM BobTanaka
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* TheSpock: Parker is the cautious, logical counterpart to the more emotional and imaginative Wimsey.
2nd Mar '17 7:46:18 AM Greenygal
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* ChekovsGunman: In ''Nine Tailors'', the alert reader will notice that one character is excluded from suspicion due to being dead--but that his body was identified only by the clothes it had on.

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* ChekovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman: In ''Nine Tailors'', the alert reader will notice that one character is excluded from suspicion due to being dead--but that his body was identified only by the clothes it had on.
26th Feb '17 3:32:40 AM SirFrederick
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* AnachronisticClue: In the 1939 short story "In the Teeth of the Evidence", a corpse is found in a burned out garage, and it is initially identified (in part by the dental work done to the body's teeth) as one Arthur Prendergast, a Wimbledon dentist. As the authorities were trying to ascertain whether the death was due to accident or suicide, further examination turned up a ''cast porcelain filling'' in one particular tooth (specifically on the anterior face of the left upper canine). Prendergast's own personal dental records indicated he had a ''fused porcelain filling'' in that tooth in that position in 1923. The problem comes in when the English consulting dentist Mr. Lamplough observes that the cast porcelain process came to Britain from America in 1928, and that the two types of fillings are visually different and inserted by different means. Wimsey points out that the records don't show the '23 filling was replaced, so he urges the filling be removed and examined. It turns out [[spoiler: Prendergast killed a man and altered the fellow's teeth to pass the corpse off as himself]].

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* AnachronisticClue: In the 1939 short story "In the Teeth of the Evidence", a corpse is found in a burned out garage, and it is initially identified (in part by its teeth as the dental work done to the body's teeth) as one Arthur Prendergast, garage's owner - a Wimbledon dentist. As the authorities were While trying to ascertain determine whether the death was due to accident or suicide, further a closer examination turned up a ''cast porcelain filling'' in one particular tooth (specifically on the anterior face of the left upper canine). Prendergast's own personal dental records indicated he had is made, revealing a ''fused porcelain filling'' in that tooth in that position in 1923. The problem comes in when the English consulting dentist Mr. Lamplough observes that the modern cast porcelain process came to Britain from America in 1928, and that the two types of fillings are visually different and inserted by different means. Wimsey points out that filling, a method not available when the records don't show indicate the '23 filling was replaced, so he urges inserted. This tips the filling be removed and examined. It turns out [[spoiler: Prendergast investigators off that [[spoiler:it was murder - the dentist killed a man and altered the fellow's teeth to pass the corpse off as himself]]. himself]].
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