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Hangman's Holiday (Lord Peter Wimsey #9)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  6,496 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
A trove of short stories featuring two of the Jazz Age’s most famous sleuths

In the annals of mystery writing, Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg are among the most memorable detectives. Lord Peter—noble by birth, brilliant by nature—is a fly in the ointment of criminals across Britain, turning up whenever the police ask him to lend his quick wit and keen eye to an investig
ebook, 214 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 1933)
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I rarely read short stories, but I greatly enjoyed this collection by Dorothy L.Sayers, which includes four Lord Peter Wimsey stories, six featuring travelling salesman Montague Egg (I do wish he had merited his own novel) and two stand alone stories.

I read this as part of my attempt to, finally, read all of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels/stories. However, I have to say that my very favourites in this collection were the two final stories in this book; the stand alone stories, “The Man Who Knew Ho
Mar 09, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible. One from the vaults, as I bought it back in 2002 (can I just stop for a minute and praise Audible for keeping my library intact even though I suspended my subscription for several years?)

The fact that this is a pretty old audiobook really shows in the quality, and makes me realize just how much audiobooks have progressed since I started listening to them. My main complaint about this one was the changes in sound quality every so often, and narrator Nad
Arun Divakar
Mar 03, 2013 Arun Divakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the onset, I thought of writing a review in my usual way. A sinuous and rather elongated way of saying whether I liked the book. After writing a few lines I hit the backspace button continuously until all of it disappeared. Being totally honest to the narrative which was straight as an arrow, it is way better to cut through the archaic descriptions and call this a damn fine set of stories ! It was my first by Dorothy Sayers and she is a fine writer by all means.

The stories (except two of them
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
The image in the mirror --
The incredible elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey --
The queen's square --
The necklace of pearls --
The poisoned dow '08 --
Sleuths on the scent --
Murder in the morning --
One too many --
Murder at Pentecost --
Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz --
The man who knew how --
The fountain plays

This is a really good collection of short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, and Montague Egg. This is my first encounter with Mr Egg and I am looking forward to reading more featuring this very sha
A couple of stories in, I realised I had already read much of this book within a different collection of short stories by DL Sayers. They are good but not great. If you like the Peter Wimsey books they are worth a read but perhaps not a reread.
This is a highly enjoyable collection of short stories. It's interesting to read this alongside Sayers' novels, since there are quite a few similarites in theme and location. The book starts off with four Lord Peter Wimsey stories. The first of these is rather weak, but the second one has a creepy horror story quality to it (Sayers edited a collection of detection and horror tales) and has stuck in my mind from my first reading of the book years ago.

These are followed by two lighter mysteries i
Aug 28, 2008 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Tina
Shelves: reading-wimsey
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This is the Avon edition, and it suffers from the common problems of Avon books: it's not very durable, it's not on acid-free paper, and there are quite a few typos. But it is a hard copy of a book that's no longer in print.

I was terribly disappointed by learning what's in this book. I knew there were some Sayers anthologies that involved non-crimes, or that involved crimes that were not 'capital' crimes. I'd hoped those were the stories that were in this volume, on the principle that it was a '
Moira Fogarty
Meh. A collection of Sayers' short stories. Some feature Lord Peter, but most have working-class sleuth Montague Egg solving mysteries and spouting adages from the salesman's handbook. The author obviously had her next book -set in an advertising agency- on the brain as she was penning this.

I find these stories to be small gems of ideas dressed up as short fiction. It feels as though Sayers came up with an ending and then wrote her way back to the beginning of many of these miniature mysteries.
Jan 09, 2017 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HANGMAN’S HOLIDAY. (1933). Dorothy L. Sayers. ***.
This is a collection of short stories by Ms. Sayer that displays her skill in the mystery genre. I wouldn’t say that she was known for her short stories, but they are relatively skillful efforts in that direction. There are a total of twelve stories in all: four featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, six featuring Montague Egg, and two “other” stories with no series hero. I was pleased to discover her character Montague Egg. He was a travelling salesman de
Jan 14, 2017 Andree rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
These stories can be roughly divided into the Lord Peter's, the Montague Egg's, and the standalones.

I liked the Lord Peter stories. I thought they mostly worked. They amused me at least. They were not nearly as good as the novels.

I think the Montague Egg stories worked the best. Something about his personality worked better for short stories. It might also be that because I'm used to reading Lord Peter in novel form, which I think probably relies more on characterization than just straight up my
3.5 stars

Errr, not what I expected as only 4 out of 12 of these stories involve Peter! Then there are six with Montague Egg, who Google tells me Sayers used in several short stories, and 2 just completely stand alone.

I actually liked the Montague Egg stories best. So many of these Peter short stories seem experimental, like these ones verged on horror. And that just doesn't seem to fit in with the main series. It feels almost like reading about a different character leading not-quite the same li
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The copy of this audiobook that I borrowed was damaged, so I missed out on a couple of the stories. In any case, there is a broader spectrum in this collection of shorts than in the previous Sayers compilations, which was a good thing, and demonstrated her versatility; from the tiresome Montague Egg with his constant quotes from the apocryphal Salesman's Handbook (sorry, the Egg is addled IMO), through the typical Wimsey-as-boy-wonder (I love Lord Peter, but not in his short-story Deus Ex Machin ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
And for a hard change of pace from the previous book, I jumped over to Dorothy L. Sayers' Hangman's Holiday, an old short story collection featuring several shorter pieces about the redoubtable Lord Peter Wimsey as well as her lesser-known amateur sleuth, Montague Egg.

I continue to like Sayers' novels better than her short pieces, and I definitely prefer novels when it comes to mysteries in general; with short pieces it often seems like you have only enough time for the crime and then the immedi
Yvann S
Jan 26, 2013 Yvann S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of 12 short stories, predominantly featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg, are a gentle introduction to Ms. Sayers’ writing. Each is neatly self-contained and the answer revealed in a gentlemanly flourish without arrogance (such as that of M. Poirot).

I’ve not read any Sayers before, but after Alex was raving about a Wimsey mystery, this little collection was just right. The short stories are a bit shorter (12 in 256 pages) than the set of Christie short stories I reviewed,
Aug 15, 2016 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dls-challenge
This is a collection of short stories - some featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, some featuring clever salesman Montague Egg and two crime short stories which don't feature either character. I particularly liked 'The Necklace of Pearls' in which Lord Peter uses his powers of observation to find a missing necklace and 'The Queen's Square' which also features events at a party.

Montague Egg, with his rhyming couplets, sunny temperament and excellent powers of observation, is a marvellous character. I alwa
Extremely short and wildly uneven. Interesting to see how her non-Wimsey stories compare. Very interesting to see her dip a toe into the early 20th century horror genre. She captures ghastly almost too well. Also, there's an interesting bit of meta on "one of those mystery novels" that rips it apart on exactly the lines of what bugged me about Have His Carcase. Makes me suspect DLS was srsly blocked in this era and sending any damned thing to the publisher while struggling to put another good no ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories, mostly featuring Sayers' predominant heroes Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg. To me they were mostly fine, but there were two standouts.
In "The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey," Lord Peter comes to the aid of Professor Langley, who has discovered his former beloved in a degenerated condition, sequestered in Pyrenees with her physician husband. The gruesomeness of the story benefits from an intelligent drama.
"The Man Who Knew How" features neither detective, and like th
Mar 20, 2015 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't actually a Wimsey book. It's a collection of short mystery stories, two of which have Wimsey in them. Most of them are about Monty Egg. Enjoyable, but a little more scattered.
Oct 13, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of short mysteries
Now that I've started I remember reading this collection in high school. The stories so far are weirder than her norm -- almost Father Brown-ish.
Jan 08, 2017 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, kindle
DWRPL | This was checked out when I got to its appointed place in the Lord Peter Wimsey series, so I had to skip it and come back later. Two stories that I had read in other collections (and a third that seemed familiar but I can't be sure if I had read it before). Pretty good overall.
Aug 04, 2014 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
Este é um livro de curtos contos policiais, num total de doze, que me proporcionaram umas horas de razoável entretenimento. Os títulos dos contos são os que se seguem:

1º conto: "A Imagem no Espelho"
2º conto: "A Incrível Evasão de Lorde Peter Winsey"
3º conto: "A Casa da Rainha"
4º conto: "O Colar de Pérolas"
5º conto: "A Bebida Envenenada"
6º conto: "Faro de Cão"
7º conto: "Crime Pela Manhã"
8º conto: "Um é Demais"
9º conto: "Crime no Pentecostes"
10º conto: "Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz"
11º conto: "O Homem que
Back to Dorothy L Sayers for a quick and comfortable read. I'm still working my way through her Lord Peter Wimsey stories for the As My Whimsy Takes Me Reading Challenge. Hangman's Holiday is a mixed bag collection of Sayers' short stories. We are offered four LPW shorts, six stories featuring Montague Egg (traveling salesman for Plummet & Rose, Wine & Spirts), and two stand-alone stories. My second (or third or whatever) go round on the stories wasn't quite as exciting as I recall my in ...more
1933, 12 short stories: 4 Lord Peter, 6 Montague Egg, 2 misc; entertaining anthology, but generally speaking these are not Sayers' best stories, three-and-one-half stars

A nice, comfortable book of slightly twisted, nicely wrought stories, all mysterious and/or suspenseful in nature, with decent pacing and careful plotting. I had read all the Lord Peter stories several times perviously; all of them are among my favorite short stories, especially "The incredible elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey", wh
Feb 26, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable short story collection from Sayers. Unlike Lord Peter Views the Body, this collection has some stories focused on Sayers' other detective, Montgomery Egg, as well as some random short stories featuring neither of these sleuths. (The Image in the Mirror, The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey, The Queen's Square and The Necklace of Pearls are all L.P.W. mysteries; The Poisoned Dow '08, Sleuths on the Scent, Murder in the Morning, One Too Many, Murder at Pentecost and Mahe ...more
Luke Paulsen
Dec 04, 2016 Luke Paulsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton may be the masters of the classic short mystery, but in this collection Dorothy Sayers-- the best of the following generation of detective novelists-- gives them a serious run for their money. As with most of Sayers's work, and indeed with most good detective fiction, the real pleasure is in the plot and not the mystery. Not all the stories presented here leave room for the reader to work out a solution, and those that do will strike most modern readers as ...more
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Steph M
Read this book as a result of my going through and reading the Wimsey series. It's a compilation of short stories; and the Wimsey ones are alright, though on their own I probably would have given this book a 2-star rating.

However, this particular book contains a second set of stories starring Montague Egg, a wine & spirits salesman who assists in the police in the course of his sales trips. These stories were quite enjoyable (though one of them required a much more hands-on knowledge of betw
Aug 31, 2015 Alger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession time.

I love Dorothy L Sayers' writings, but only the long form. Her short stories are too prone to be gimmick-ridden puzzle plots or a glib spoof of a specific detection trope. Of the four Wimsey stories included here, two rely upon medical oddities, while the other two are seasonal tales that have no actual heft beneath them. Similarly, her Montague Egg stories that are explicitly an attempt to create a character better suited to short fiction is a charmless character whose sales mot
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

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
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