Lord Peter Views the Body (Lord Peter Wimsey #4)
The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question
The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager’s Will
The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag
The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker
The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of C ...more
The problem with short stories about crime, is that unless they are exceedingly well-written, then they often come across as superficial and you are left wondering about things that must have happened for the mystery to be solved, but that you are not party to. And this was the case in a few of the stories in this collection.
Having said that, there were also some exceedingly good stories in this collection. The Learned Adventure of th ...more
I was afraid it won't work because I didn't like the last book from this series (not enough of the main character; it was as if someone else wrote it).
There are twelve stories in the collection:
The Abominable History of ...more
I find myself spending each review of a Sayers book comparing her favourably with her more famous contempor ...more
The final story reminded me very much of Patricia Wentworth's Grey Mask in her Miss Silver stories. (grumble, grumble. autocorrect is going to kill me yet.) The story before that looked like a precursor to Sayers' own Have His Carcase. Both the story and the novel start much the same but do take different paths.
I think I first read this in the ...more
Spending a bit of quality time with Lord Peter Wimsey always makes me cheerful. I prefer him in the full-length novel environment where his intelligence, wit, humour and humanity can shine to their fullest extent, but there's nothing wrong with meeting him in the short story format. It's rather like having a friend drop by for a quick visit. You may prefer to have him stay for the weekend so you can catch up properly, but a cup of tea or even a chat on the phone is better than not seeing him at ...more
Lord Peter Views the Body is a collection ...more
All these stories a ...more
NOTE: The 1928 edition was also printed at some point titled LORD PETER, but there is also a larger compilation with that name from the 1970s that includes ALL the stories written by Sayers about him, not ...more
A few missed the mark for me because they were impossible to solve; I like to feel like I have enough information to pick up at least part of the solution. O ...more
There were a few that failed to thrill me, but overall I can't complain. Sayers makes my commute 500x better.
I enjoyed all of these short stories and liked that they had a lot of classic Wimsey elements, sometimes the entire mystery revolving around one (like Uncle Meleager's Will which is primarily a giant puzzle). A few of the stories (The Bone of Contention, The Man with No Face in particular) felt like ideas that...more
Anyway, several gems but my personal favorite was "The Dragon's Head." I definitely felt alarm at "The Cave of Ali Baba."
Looking forward to exploring more of Dorothy L. Sayers in this coming year!
Anyway, this was just okay for me. There wasn't really enough of the characters (though I loved meeting Peter's nephew!) and each story felt TOO stand alone.
I didn't like the last story. (view spoiler)[WHAT. So he just pretended to be dead for two years? I am not really okay with that. And he's such a prominen ...more
If anything the volume reflects Sayers reliance upon wills and legacies as a go-to plot device fro the short story. Far more than in her long-form fiction we are expected to believe that the British nobility were obsessed with ways of forcing their will upon their heirs. Not to say that the resulting stories are not inventive and fun, ...more
However, how often do you have time to pick the teeth out of carefully crafted c ...more
One short story is a bit exceptional. Sayers designed a full crossword puzzle for it, and not an e ...more
I have tried Sayers a couple of times. Each time hoping THIS time I will enjoy her, because she is so popular. But, I think this is the last ...more
Some of the stories in this collection I liked, a few I liked hugely, and some stories I might have enjoyed more if they had not been connected to the Wimsey universe. Incongruousness gets to me every time.
That first of the stories? The one reminiscent of that Vincent Price movie? I am told this story is very famous and I readily believe it (what with the macabre factor), but Wimsey’s behaviour in it does not strike me as consistent with the way he has been in the first ...more
I enjoyed listening to Ian Carmichael narrate the stories aloud on audio CD. I was frustrated, however, when I discovered (as have other reviewers here on Goodreads) that this "complete and unabridged" audio recording of the twelve-story book only has nine of the tales.
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co ...more
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It was at this point that Lord Peter was apotheosed from the state of Quite Decent Uncle to that of Glorified Uncle”