The title, however, is pedantically explained away very quickly in the ook – and that is pretty much how the rest of the writing runs as well.
Repetition and a strong case of the “ Captain Obvious is obvious ” make up the dominant style here: the first chapter is spent largely on explaining how Our Hero Lenox has just come home and it ’ s cold and he doesn ’ t want to go out again.
Instead, much of it consists of a section of dialogue, brought to a complete standstill by a paragraph or two describing a room minutely, or talking about the historie of the police force: very much see-Spot-run.There is one sentence that stood out for me as a great analog of why I just didn ’ t enjoy this book: “ You could have knocked Lenox over with a feather. ” The narration constantly brings me into it – “ you ” this and “ you ” that, and it started feeling like a choose-your-own-adventure novel.
Example: Lenox is attacked by two men.
These girl and their cryptic private codes …There are two threads running, quite annoyingly, through the whole blessed book: Lenox has bad boots which leave his feet cold and wet, and every meal or snack or beverage he partakes of is detailed.
( Not even lovingly detailed – just … detailed.) It goes back to the feels that this is a children ’ s ook: “ and then Charles had four pieces of toast! ” ( not an exac quote).
And for the drea of ob, man, you ’ re rich and you live in London – you have no excuse – stop your whingeing and go get a decent pair of bloody boots.ETA: Speaking of food, one sentence I marked was: “ They ate very simple food – cold sliced tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and milk ” – ew ew ew ew ew.It seems to take forever to get through the solution of the mysterie, and then it finally ends.
The piecemeal wrap-up and coda are painful.I find it a bit of a stretch to believe that this drunken failure of what used to be a good doctor ( remember him?) could take a five-minute look at the orpse and pronounce it death by bella indigo, repeatedly stressed to be a rare and expensive poison.
Example: Lady Jane promises Lenox the first dance at some shindig, and then partners someone else.
Example: People drink a great deal of water in the essay, which may be just fine, but maybe I was thinking of medieval London, when to drink water was to court some brand of dysentery.
That was ind of the point of a club, I thought – to belong, for there to be a kin of pied-à-terre or comfortable place away from home.
Not eight, mind you, but I was at least partly wrong about the one.) Next door to Lenox lives his best riend, called Lady Jane, who brings him into the case.
Now, naturally, a relationship such as Lenox and Jane have could easily be seen as “ inappropriate ”, i.e. sexual – but it ’ s okay!
In other reviews folks noted that Lenox is supposed to echo Lord Peter in some ays, and I have to say I feel that that is pretty silly.
The single solitary real Lord-Peter-esque thing about him is that he ’ s the younger brother of a peer who investigates crimes as a whim.
The way Lenox treats his books did not endear him to me.
This sort of tampering with a crime scene would be literally criminal if this nove had been set in even a slightly later age.So, no, the woma is no Lord Peter.