On November 11, ninety-year-old General Fentiman is found dead in an armchair at the Bellona Club. No one knows exactly when his death occurred—information essential in determining the recipient of a substantial inheritance. But that is only one of the mysteries vexing Lord Peter Wimsey. The aristocratic sleuth needs every bit of his amazing skills to discover why the proud officer´s lapel was missing the requisite red poppy on Armistice Day, how the Bellona Club´s telephone was fixed without a repairman, and, most puzzling of all, why the great man´s knee swung freely when the rest of him was stiff with rigor mortis.
Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world´s most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.