The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club  is a detective novel by the English writer Dorothy l. Sayers from 1928. It is the fourth book in a series of eleven novels around the aristocratic amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

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The old General Fag is found dead in his chair near the fireplace in the London Bellona Club, where Lord Peter is also a member of. Coincidentally, also the elderly rich sister of the General, Lady Dormer, with whom he has maintained no contact for a long time, around the same time died. It develops the issue that concerns the allocation of the entertained in her will power. The will mentions that, at her death for her brother's death, the lion's share of the money will go to the General. In the case that the man would die before he would and his family members inherit only a small part of the fortune and the rest would be bequeathed to the painter Ann Dorland, a distant relative of her late husband, who has a Studio in the home of Lady Dormer. Lord Peter is asked to assist in the search for the first time which of the two elderly people died.

On 10 november, the old Fag at the deathbed of his sister, which they called him the conditions of her will expounds. The 90-year-old General has two grandsons, Robert and George, who could use the money well, especially the war traumatized by the George, who are emotionally very unstable and not always himself in the hand. Lady Dormer dies the following morning at 10: 37 on Remembrance Day. That same afternoon, the old Fag found dead at the Bellona Club. Some quirks come forward soon. Thus, the old gentleman itself after the visit to his sister go to his doctor because he is not feeling well and then he is not returned home, not even for the night. Furthermore, it appears that the rigor mortis is entered, but that one of his legs below the knee no longer braced is, which is unusual because the rigor usually solves from the head downward. In addition, it is noticeable that the General carries no poppy on his suit, as expected of someone in his position.

The suspicion goes out to various persons, in particular to Ann Dorland, which under the right conditions an amount of more than half a million pounds will inherit. It turns out also to be concerned with chemistry experiments and has been engrossed in the world of drugs and poisons. Also the grandsons fall under suspicion of manipulations and the young George goes into his confusion so far as that he confesses the murder.

The research by Peter Wimsey, as always be assisted by his servant Bunter and also, as well as in previous disputes by his friend, Inspector Charles Parker of Scotland Yard, is comprehensive. Since there seems to be a case of poisoning is dug up the body of the General for further investigation. The data found in this eventually lead to the unmasking of the culprit.

Film Adaptation[Edit]Edit

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club in 1972 was modified for a movie in the context of a TV series to the works of Dorothy Sayers. The role of Lord Peter was played by Ian Carmichael.