History Literature / LordPeterWimsey

11th Jul '16 2:05:00 PM Shoebox
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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.

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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He Besides being a world-renowned wine connoisseur and expert on rare books, he wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Not far behind is his man Bunter, a talented amateur photographer who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.
10th Jul '16 9:47:43 AM Shoebox
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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.

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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.
6th Jul '16 4:49:10 AM SirFrederick
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* NotListeningToMeAreYou: In ''Gaudy Night'', Peter has been investigating the backgrounds of the suspects, but Harriet is too distracted to take in what he's saying. She's able to recite some of his findings back to him, but misses the clues that would have allowed her to join the dots and identify the criminal herself.
29th Jun '16 2:04:51 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Lord Peter [[spoiler:using a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot himself'']] at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club''.

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** Lord Peter [[spoiler:using [[spoiler:talking a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot into ''shooting himself'']] at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club''.
10th Jun '16 1:13:30 PM Doug86
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The books are considered to be among the best pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo mysteries. The sequels by Paton Walsh take Peter and Harriet into the war and beyond.

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The books are considered to be among the best pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII mysteries. The sequels by Paton Walsh take Peter and Harriet into the war and beyond.



* HeroicBSOD: Peter was badly shell-shocked in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, some years before the series begins; during the series, he has two intense breakdowns: one in ''Whose Body?'' and another in ''The Nine Tailors''. He also feels his innocence and his very morality slowly slipping away over the course of the series.

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* HeroicBSOD: Peter was badly shell-shocked in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, some years before the series begins; during the series, he has two intense breakdowns: one in ''Whose Body?'' and another in ''The Nine Tailors''. He also feels his innocence and his very morality slowly slipping away over the course of the series.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Though he was a capable soldier, decorated for valour, Peter's wartime experiences basically left him shattered.

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Though he was a capable soldier, decorated for valour, Peter's wartime experiences basically left him shattered.
3rd May '16 5:24:04 AM SirFrederick
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* IdiotPlot: Invoked in TheSummation of ''Clouds of Witness'' - if Cathcart's death had been the only event taking place on the night in question, the solution would have been obvious. But, because Denver and Mary and Goyles were sneaking around on their own business at the same time, everyone involved in the case came to completely the wrong conclusions and nearly got themselves killed trying to untangle the mess.
12th Apr '16 4:32:32 PM PaulA
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: ''The Five Red Herrings'' turns on the absence of [[spoiler:a tube of white paint]] from the crime scene. A dog-in-the-night-time-style example appears in "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", when a horse that is terrified of an allegedly haunted heath doesn't react at all to a phantom coach driven by a headless horseman.

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: AbsenceOfEvidence:
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''The Five Red Herrings'' turns on the absence of [[spoiler:a tube of white paint]] from the crime scene. scene.
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A dog-in-the-night-time-style example appears in "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", when a horse that is terrified of an allegedly haunted heath doesn't react at all to a phantom coach driven by a headless horseman.
12th Apr '16 4:31:45 PM PaulA
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Miss Lydgate of Shrewsbury College. Also, the Reverend Venables is an amateur rather than a professional scholar, but is otherwise a textbook example.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: AbsentMindedProfessor:
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Miss Lydgate of Shrewsbury College. Also, the College.
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Reverend Venables is an amateur rather than a professional scholar, but is otherwise a textbook example.



* HonorBeforeReason: Lord Peter suffers from this in his early cases. In ''Whose Body?'', he feels compelled to visit the criminal shortly before they are arrested, and this warning very nearly allows them to escape justice.
** Gerald appears to be doing this for much of ''Clouds Of Witness''. Subverted, though, in that he feels (not without some reason) that the harm he will cause to someone else by speaking out may be as great as the harm he may suffer by keeping silent.

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* HonorBeforeReason: HonorBeforeReason:
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Lord Peter suffers from this in his early cases. In ''Whose Body?'', he feels compelled to visit the criminal shortly before they are arrested, and this warning very nearly allows them to escape justice.
** Gerald appears to be doing this for much of ''Clouds Of of Witness''. Subverted, though, in that he feels (not without some reason) that the harm he will cause to someone else by speaking out may be as great as the harm he may suffer by keeping silent.



** Also, the first spoken word in ''Whose Body?'' is the same as the final spoken word in ''Busman's Honeymoon'', and is said by the same person, but in a very different context and mood.

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** Also, the The first spoken word in ''Whose Body?'' is the same as the final spoken word in ''Busman's Honeymoon'', and is said by the same person, but in a very different context and mood.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Inspector Sugg spends ''Whose Body?'' bullying witnesses, arresting the wrong suspects, and trying to keep Lord Peter out of his investigation. He's next seen in ''Clouds of Witness'' helping Peter, Parker and Freddie Arbuthnot safely home after a drunken night out.
** Gerald Wimsey,Duke of Denver, also qualifies. He is thoroughly conventional and rather stupid but faced with a choice between risking his own life and endangering the woman he's been having an extramarital affair with he unhesitatingly plumps for the former [[spoiler: He's been accused of murder and she's his alibi, but she's married to a violently abusive man who will certainly kill her if he finds out she's been unfaithful]]. And his only concern about Peter's marriage to Harriet - a woman well below him in rank and somewhat notorious - is whether she really loves him or not.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Inspector Sugg spends ''Whose Body?'' bullying witnesses, arresting the wrong suspects, and trying to keep Lord Peter out of his investigation. He's next seen in ''Clouds of Witness'' helping Peter, Parker and Freddie Arbuthnot safely home after a drunken night out.
** Gerald Wimsey,Duke Wimsey, Duke of Denver, also qualifies. He is thoroughly conventional and rather stupid but faced with a choice between risking his own life and endangering the woman he's been having an extramarital affair with he unhesitatingly plumps for the former [[spoiler: He's former. [[spoiler:He's been accused of murder and she's his alibi, but she's married to a violently abusive man who will certainly kill her if he finds out she's been unfaithful]]. And his only concern about Peter's marriage to Harriet - a woman well below him in rank and somewhat notorious - is whether she really loves him or not.



** Also, [[spoiler: using a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot himself'' at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.'']]

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** Also, [[spoiler: using Lord Peter [[spoiler:using a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot himself'' himself'']] at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.'']]Club''.



* NoodleIncident: The Attenbury Emeralds case. Also, an incident with a pig, during the war.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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The Attenbury Emeralds case. Also, an case.
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incident with a pig, during the war.



* RichBitch: Dian de Momerie; weirdly, also a HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Also, Helen, Peter's sister-in-law.

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* RichBitch: RichBitch:
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Dian de Momerie; weirdly, also a HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Also, HardDrinkingPartyGirl.
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Helen, Peter's sister-in-law.
12th Apr '16 4:23:12 PM PaulA
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* ClearTheirName: The plot of ''Strong Poison''.

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* ClearTheirName: The plot of ''Strong Poison''.Poison'' kicks off when Peter attends Harriet Vane's murder trial and realises that she's not guilty despite the apparently strong case against her.



** [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''Strong Poison''; the servants remember in detail everything Boyes could possibly have eaten or drank in their house because [[spoiler: the murderer is their master and he made ''sure'' they remembered, to create the impression he couldn't have been poisoned on their premises.]]

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** [[spoiler: Subverted]] [[spoiler:Subverted]] in ''Strong Poison''; the servants remember in detail everything Boyes could possibly have eaten or drank in their house because [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the murderer is their master and he made ''sure'' they remembered, to create the impression he Boyes couldn't have been poisoned on their premises.]]



* NotablyQuickDeliberation: Subverted in ''Strong Poison'', when Harriet is on trial for murder.

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* NotablyQuickDeliberation: Subverted in ''Strong Poison'', when Harriet is on trial for murder. Everybody in the gallery expects a quick deliberation, but it drags on for hours and the jury foreman eventually reports that they've been unable to agree on a verdict.


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* OnlyOnePlausibleSuspect: In ''Strong Poison'', it's clear to the reader from quite early on which character must have done the murder; the suspense is maintained because it's less clear ''how'' and ''why''.
18th Mar '16 8:26:29 AM roxana
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** Gerald Wimsey,Duke of Denver, also qualifies. He is thoroughly conventional and rather stupid but faced with a choice between risking his own life and endangering the woman he's been having an extramarital affair with he unhesitatingly plumps for the former [[spoiler: He's been accused of murder and she's his alibi, but she's married to a violently abusive man who will certainly kill her if he finds out she's been unfaithful]]. And his only concern about Peter's marriage to Harriet - a woman well below him in rank and somewhat notorious - is whether she really loves him or not.
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