History Literature / LordPeterWimsey

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

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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.
2nd Feb '16 7:53:50 PM NeonFox
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* BecauseImGoodAtIt: Harriet in ''Gaudy Night'' is asked why she writes detective literature -- isn't it trivialising crime? She replies in part "I know what you're thinking -- that anybody with proper sensitive feelings would rather scrub floors for a living. But I should scrub floors very badly, and I write detective stories rather well."

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* BecauseImGoodAtIt: Harriet in ''Gaudy Night'' is asked why she writes detective literature -- isn't it trivialising crime? crime? Shouldn't she, who [[spoiler: was acquitted of murder herself]], refuse to do such work? She replies in part "I know what you're thinking -- that anybody with proper sensitive feelings would rather scrub floors for a living. But I should scrub floors very badly, and I write detective stories rather well."
29th Dec '15 8:19:25 AM ZarbiNerada
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* LamePunReaction: In the cricket match in ''Murder Must Advertise'', Ingleby in his first innings is out for zero, called "out for a duck". When he returns to the pavilion, Wimsey tells him "Quack, quack." Ingleby throws the bat at him.
28th Dec '15 9:05:22 AM 69BookWorM69
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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]].
8th Dec '15 2:56:34 PM margdean56
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* TakingTheHeat: Lady Mary attemps this in ''Clouds of Witness''. It turns out the suspect she's protecting didn't do it -- he's just too paranoid to come forward and exonerate himself.
* TakingTheVeil: An uncle did this, GenderFlip, in the BackStory of ''Unnatural Death'', being quite a scandal

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* TakingTheHeat: Lady Mary attemps attempts this in ''Clouds of Witness''. It turns out the suspect she's protecting didn't do it -- he's just too paranoid to come forward and exonerate himself.
* TakingTheVeil: [[GenderFlip An uncle did this, GenderFlip, this]], in the BackStory of ''Unnatural Death'', being quite a scandal
8th Dec '15 2:39:53 PM margdean56
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In ''Clouds of Witnesses'' Peter delivers a richly deserved one to [[spoiler: Mary's fiancee, Goyles when, after spending half the book tracking him down it turns out that Goyles hadn't shot Cathcart at all, only stumbled across his body in the dark and ran off in a panic.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In ''Clouds of Witnesses'' Witness'' Peter delivers a richly deserved one to [[spoiler: Mary's fiancee, Goyles when, after spending half the book tracking him down it turns out that Goyles hadn't shot Cathcart at all, only stumbled across his body in the dark and ran off in a panic.]]
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