Lord Peter Views the Body (Lord Peter Wimsey #4)
Some aristocrats spend their lives shooting, but Lord Peter Wimsey is a hunter of a different kind: a bloodhound with a nose for murder. Before he became Britain’s most famous detective, Lord Peter contented himself with solving the crimes he came across by chance. In this volume of short st...more
I find myself spending each review of a Sayers book comparing her favourably with her more famous contempor...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
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
Lord Peter Views the Body is a collection...more
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
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
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
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.
#1 - "The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers": An artist's jealous nature leads to an investigation of his mistress' disappearance.
#2 - "The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag": A high-speed chase and a lost bag converge with a gruesome discovery.
#3 - "The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question": A grammatical mistake in French unmasks a clever criminal.
The Abominable History of the Man with the Copper Fingers
OK, I wish someone had warned me not to read this story before going to bed. I ended up leaving the lights on after reading this until my husb...more
The stories a...more
In many ways, this was a good vacation read. Short stories. I didn't realize that it was a selection of short stories when I began it. The positive of short stories is that you can read a section, then go to the beach. The negative of short stories is that unsatisfying feeling of having to pick up a book you feel you have "finished."
The stories themselves are excellent little mysteries, interesting enough to spend some time considering. My favorite was the final one, Inside Ali Baba's De...more
Most of the stories have a cute little twist that makes the plot work. And, of course, Wimsey sees it long before the reader has a clue. But that's only half the fun. The other half is the wit with which the tale is told -- both the narration and things s...more
As usual, I had enjoyed the stories tremendously, more because of the humor. My favorite quote:
'There was a lady in it, alright. I've seen her too. A very taking piece too, if you like 'em skinny, which I don't. I prefer 'em better upho...more
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 herse...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”