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Dorothy L Sayers

Lord Peter Wimsey

The Noble Investigator: Lord Peter Wimsey

In early twentieth century London, Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the noble sons who returned from the first world war broken (shell-shocked).

A sensitive younger son, part French, Oxford-educated, he uses his intelligence background to investigate problems that catch his attention. He is ably assisted by his major domo, and former sergeant, the able Bunter. Bunter's skills include photography, fingerprints and discreetly questioning 'them downstairs'.

Lord Peter's title and empathy assist him, the former a definite entree in a stratified society.

The investigations (and Bunter's care) saved Lord Peter, but he pays a price, suffering terrible angst as those he brings to 'justice' are sentenced.

He discovers his beloved Harriet, a crime writer and ex-Oxford scholar herself, when she is brought to court for the murder of her (shock! horror!) former de facto husband.

The relationship between Harriet and Peter takes several tales to resolve. She is aware of the stigma of her past, as a 'fallen woman' and as a once-suspected murderer.

Many stories, especially those in contemporary television episodes and movies, throw men and women together without taking into account the basis for connections -- similarities of values, and to a lesser extent, interests. Harriet's decision to accept Peter is part of a novel that, told largely from her point of view, examines the issues of house-woman versus working woman, asking whether a woman can continue to be a productive member of the world if she takes on a family household.

Peter's succession of offhand, although heartfelt, proposals is a joy. For those of us without a serious education, Sayers' writing can be difficult as she includes material in French, German and Latin. The Latin especially is frustrating since the proposal and acceptance are in Latin, and the nuances of the question and answer are inaccessible. Similarly, Sayers' at least once puts the vital clue to an investigation in an untranslated passage.

Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series was recommended by Kerry Greenwood.


Whose Body?

Clouds of Witness

Unnatural Death

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Lord Peter Views the Body

Strong Poison

Five Red Herrings

Have His Carcase

Hangman's Holiday

Murder Must Advertise

The Nine Tailors

Gaudy Night

Busman's Honeymoon

In the Teeth of the Evidence

Striding Folly

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Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers

Whose Body?

Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked dead body in the bath and investigates. A financier has also gone missing under strange circumstances and it becomes clear that the two events are linked in some way. A hired man has just found a corpse in the bath in his flat: a body wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez. In the meantime, the financier has apparently disappeared into thin air from his own bedroom. Ignoring the clumsy efforts of the official investigator, Lord Peter starts his own enquiry. Can he solve this mysterious disappearance and even more mysterious murder? (source:

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Clouds of Witness, Dorothy Sayers

Clouds of Witness

The fiance of Lord Peter's sister, Mary, is found dead outside the conservatory of the family's shooting lodge in Yorkshire. Peter's and Mary's older brother, the Duke of Denver, is charged with wilful murder and put on trial in the House of Lords. How can detective Lord Peter proceed when it's a murder in his own family potentially by his own brother? (source:

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Unnatural Death, Dorothy Sayers

Unnatural Death

The wealthy old woman was dead -- a trifle sooner than expected. The intricate trail of horror and senseless murder led from a beautiful hampshire village to a fashionable London flat and a deliberate test of amour -- staged by the debonair sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.(source:

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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy Sayers

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

90-year-old General Fendman was definitely dead, but no one knew exactly when he had died -- and the time of death was the determining factor in a half-million-pound inheritance. Lord Peter Wimsey would need every bit of his amazing skills to unravel the mysteries of why the General's lapel was without a red poppy on Armistice Day, how the 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. (source:

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Lord Peter Views the Body, Dorothy Sayers

Lord Peter Views the Body

Collection of Lord Peter short stories.

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Strong Poison, Dorothy Sayers

Strong Poison

Love and mystery surround Lord Peter Wimsey in this intriguing case of murder. It's up to him to solve the case - and save mystery novelist Harriet Vane. When her fiance dies exactly in the way described in one of her novels, she naturally becomes the chief suspect. Can Wimsey save her - and win her heart? (source:

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Five Red Herrings, Dorothy Sayers

Five Red Herrings

The body was on the pointed rocks alongside the stream. The artist might have fallen from the cliff where he was painting, but there are too many suspicious elements -- particularly the medical evidence that proves he'd been dead nearly half a day, though eyewitnesses had seen him alive a scant hour earlier. And then there are the six prime suspects -- all of them artists, all of whom wished him dead. (source:

Not her best work, I found some of the lengthy reasoning tedious - Ali

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Have His Carcase, Dorothy Sayers

Have His Carcase

The mystery writer Harriet Vane, recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath, seeks solace on a barren beach -- deserted but for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut.From the moment she photographs the corpse, which soon disappears with the tide, she is puzzled by a mystery that might have been suicide, murder or a political plot. With the appearance of her dear friend Lord Peter Wimsey, she finds a reason for detective pursuit -- as only the two of them can pursue it. (source:

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Hangman's Holiday, Dorothy Sayers

Hangman's Holiday

Poisoned port cats in peril ...purloined pearls ...Lord Peter Wimsey solves the mysteries of the man who was blown into the fourth dimension and the murder in fancy dress. He pursues miscreants across several countries and into unexpected hiding places. Dorothy L. Sayers' other detective, Montague Egg, encounters a fugitive murderer and uncovers a killer in an Oxford cloister. The travelling salesman extraordinaire solves puzzles with a unique combination of matter-of-fact practicality and brilliant deduction. (source:

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Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy Sayers

Murder Must Advertise

Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions...Disguised as his disreputable cousin Death Bredon, Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job - one that soon draws him into a vicious network of blackmailers and drug peddlers. Five people will die before Wimsey unravels a sinister and deadly plot. (source:

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The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers

The Nine Tailors

The Nine Tailors is the name of a set of church bells, the ringing of which can be complicated and take a considerable length of time. Lord Peter must solve a mystery and help in a performance.

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Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers

Gaudy Night

Writer Harriet Vane returns to Oxford to work and finds herself involved in a mystery. Lord Peter joins her and once again proposes marriage.

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Busman's Honeymoon, Dorothy Sayers

Busman's Honeymoon

Even their honeymoon cannot keep Harriet and Lord Peter from investigating a mystery.

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In the Teeth of the Evidence, Dorothy Sayers

In the Teeth of the Evidence

A collection of Lord Peter and Montague Egg mysteries.

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Striding Folly, Dorothy Sayers

Striding Folly

Three Lord Peter stories.

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