First book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Mr. Thipps wakes up one morning to find a dead body in his bathtub. Neither he nor the other occupants recognize the man, but Inspector Suggs is convinced that Mr. Thipps is the murderer and quickly carts him off to jail. Tipped off to the incident by his mother, Lord Peter pops in to see for himself and soon get involved in the investigation.
I have a soft spot for Lord Peter that keeps me coming back to him, but at the same time I find his character to be a bit ridiculous. He reminds me of an uncle who is very showy but he makes you laugh and smile, so you can’t help enjoying his company. This is a bit of a locked room mystery and the story itself always captures my imagination because of its intricacy and the care the author takes in unraveling it. Finally, it is the character of Bunter, valet to Lord Peter, who provides a steady foundation from which Lord Peter can engage his curiosity. Overall, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Lord Peter Wimsey.
Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!