Whose Body?

November 8, 2016 - Comment

There’s a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connected to the body in the bathroom. But

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There’s a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connected to the body in the bathroom. But discovering exactly which way they’re related leads the amateur detective on a merry chase. Written by a master of the detective story, this atmospheric tale abounds in the cozy delights of an English murder mystery. Dorothy L. Sayers ranks with Agatha Christie as a defining author of the genre. A novelist, essayist, and medieval scholar, Sayers was among the first women to receive an Oxford degree, and her translations of Dante remain in wide circulation. This novel marks the debut of her most popular creation, Lord Peter Wimsey, whose continuing adventures unfold amid the lively world of upper-crust British society in the 1920s. 

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James M. Rawley says:

Excellent mystery; not amateurish; villain not too obvious Some of the most-liked reviewers of this mystery say that it is a beginner’s effort and that Sayers did better later; they also say the villain is too obvious. I think both these statements are mistaken. 

Israel Drazin says:

Sayer’s first Wimsey novel which is not as good as those she does next In this first Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel, Sayers is far from displaying the fine skill she showed in later Wimsey novels. Wimsey is not simply whimsical; he is so whimsical that he seems borderline eccentric. In fact, the humor, which is subtler in later novels, seems overdone. Additionally, the tale drags in many places and she makes references to many arcane subjects, as if she wants to show up her knowledge, and therefore the annotated edition, that seems to explain something…

Texanne says:

DOROTHY L SAYERS GIVES US LORD PETER WHIMSEY AND IT IS A WONDERFUL GIFT Dorothy L Sayers was a talented author. I know that because even in this book which is an early one and not her best, she is very good. 

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