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Lord Peter Views the Body (Lord Peter Wimsey #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  8,080 ratings  ·  134 reviews
In this delightful collection of Wimsey exploits, Dorothy L. Sayers reveals a gruesome, grotesque but absolutely bewitching side rarely shown in Lord Peter's full-length adventures.

Lord Peter views the body in 12 tantalizing and bizarre ways in this outsanding collection. He deals with such marvels as the man with copper fingers, Uncle Meleager's missing will, the cat in t

Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1928)
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On the back of my copy of this book, there is little indication that these are short stories. As a result, I approached this book innocently assuming I would encounter another full-length Peter Wimsey adventure to delight in. I'm glad it worked out this way, however, because I rarely choose to read short stories voluntarily, and these were just as delightful as Peter's full-length exploits.

I find myself spending each review of a Sayers book comparing her favourably with her more famous contempor
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
It hurts to give Miss Sayers and Lord Peter only three stars, but I know it's my own fault. I simply don't care for the short story format, particularly when Lord Peter is such a Deus Ex Machina in that form. In this collection, sometimes you don't know if he's a detective or a 007 wannabe. The business about his famous palate for wine, for example, made me roll my eyes. A couple of the stories, while they had some good red herrings, were bordering on the silly, and put a foot over that border m ...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
LORD PETER VIEWS THE BODY, 1928, Lord Peter short stories, nicely twisted; latest reread was from the 1985 audio edition, Chivers Audio Books, read by Ian Carmichael - this contains most, but not all, of the stories from this early edition. Short story collection, excellent; narration perfect.

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
Sayers joins Christie and Doyle in knocking out a collection of short stories for her detective character, Lord Peter Wimsey. The short-story form appears to have been very popular with authors 'of the day', presumably the stories were generally published individually in magazines before being collected. Again, Lord Peter Views the Body , took me by surprise as I hadn't read any of the reviews of blurb before starting; I was assuming another full-length novel. A pleasant surprise nonetheless, as ...more
Samir Krishnamurti
Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey is arguably one of the greatest characters to grace the pages of twentieth century detective fiction. For some reason, he tends to be somewhat overlooked, although most lists should rate him right up there with Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Father Brown, and the other great luminaries of early twentieth century detective fiction. He is the quintessential English gentleman detective, the one who set the stereotype for the lordly, amateur sleuth. You know the type. B ...more
Lord Peter Wimsey is my favorite sleuth. From his humorous name and distinctively British upper class mannerisms and speech, to his ‘ugly, beaky appearance’ and passion for books, especially old rare ones, he entertains me like no other detective and few other literary characters. Each time I begin another Dorothy L. Sayers’ mystery I brace myself to be disappointed in case she slips in some quality about him which has to be endured rather than admired.

Lord Peter Views the Body is a collection
Although I am not really a fan of short stories – much preferring novels – I wanted to re-read the Lord Peter Wimsey books and realised that I had never read this collection. The book consists of the following stories:

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
I prefer full-length Sayers to short fiction, though some of these stories were pretty fun. I liked them for their character development more than for their mini-mysteries. There was one which involved Wimsey & his nephew; I loved the dynamic between them. Another featured Wimsey making a measured decision to NOT apprehend the murderer.
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
A somewhat less real world than the novels--rather experimental, a little precious, sometimes long-winded. Still, you can get lost in these stories. No real peaks, but maybe it's telling that my favorite is the longest and most novelistic, "The Bone of Contention," with the beginnings of The Nine Tailors in it. Also like the more adventurous ones ("The Man with Copper Fingers," "The Cave of Ali Baba," "The Dragon's Head"). Dislikes: Scottish dialect, untranslated French, crossword puzzle-based s ...more
Being a collection of short stories, it's slightly harder to peg than a usual LPW book; be satisfied with thinking of these as some of Lord Peter's faster cases, though no less intriguing.

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

This is an entertaining collection of short stories featuring Lord Peter in all of his witty and deductive splendor. His knowledge of art, wine, science and human nature are all brought out on display in the various tales.

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.

However unacceptable the 1920s class system, it is fascinating and comforting to read about the certainties of this age with social, dress and manners codes rigorously applied. Blackmailers are beyond the pale, murderers are hanged and criminals get their comeuppance! Lord PW wears purple silk pjs and a primrose silk dressing gown (or vice versa)...... Great stuff!
I'm impressed at the uniqueness of the stories in this collection and that none felt like sloppy 'filler' stories to round things out. The last 6 stories moved much faster for me than the first few, but I'm afraid I admired this book more than I enjoyed it. The problem is mine: I have a hard time with Sayer's flowery prose and there are points (particularly at the beginning of each story) that I felt as though I were reading in a foreign language, having to either re-read sentences or say "oh we ...more
Tombom P
All pretty enjoyable because Sayers is a good writer, but the mysteries themselves are mixed quality. The crossword one is really impressive and a few of the others are interesting and comment on the mystery genre itself but the longest story is a bit silly (one of the main elements had no use at all and was actively dangerous to the plan, which relied upon a really major but highly unlikely thing another person did that everyone else in the story tried to stop, and that going exactly according ...more
This is a collection of short stories. Some were murders and some not, and if I remember correctly only one involved Lord Peter directly at the crime scene (most unfortunate for the murderer, choosing to kill his wife when a famous sleuth was just next door visiting his pal – bad timing man, bad timing). Why can’t there be more cases about missing fortune or missing dog or missing diamond in detective stories, instead of murders and just murders? I mean, it is not all that pleasant seeing people ...more
Clarissa Draper
Twelve Great Short stories. Don't read at night, it will keep you up. No, not really. So far my favorite Sayers.

#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.
#4 -
Bev Hankins
Still taking a break from Middlemarch (I'm finding it a bit hard-going). I decided to read some nice classic Golden Age short stories from the hand of one of the queens of British mysteries, Dorothy L Sayers. Her collection, Lord Peter Views the Body, is a delightful gathering of stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. I have put together a brief note on each story. I enjoyed them all, but I will say that my favorites are "The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran," "The Biblulous Business of ...more
Bridgette Redman
I find it as impossible to review a book of short stories without address the individual stories as I do the reviewing of CDs without addressing each track (this might be the reason I rarely do either!). So here is the quick and dirty on each story in this wonderful collection of stories:

The Abominable History of the Man with the Copper Fingers
Five stars

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
Peter Auber
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Moira Fogarty
A gothic collection of 12 spooky little short stories, very Halloween appropriate. Murder, theft, crime rings, ghosts, stolen bodies, espionage, decapitated heads: all sorts of gruesome delights. Lord Peter has a few grisly cases here, with several mad artists and a puzzle that is like a brief sketch for the later novel "Have His Carcase" where a body is found dead on a lonely beach with no footprints leading up to it. I listened to the audiobook version and my only complaint is that the narrato ...more
Stephen Matlock
Oct 20, 2007 Stephen Matlock rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes crime mysteries
What a romp. Lord Peter Wimsey is the creation of Dorothy Sayers, and although most of the cultural elements are hard to understand, given that they're placed largely around the time of the Great War (1910s through the mid 1920s), they contain enough familiar elements so that you are intrigued and guessing. In some ways Ms Sayers doesn't play fair to American readers, for she assumes the cultural experience of the sophisticated Brits (remember, they're just across the Channel from Europe), so in ...more
Regretfully I have to admit that this is my first exposure to Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey with his estimable man servant Bunter. Who came first, Bunter or Jeeves? This collection of short stories varies a little in quality; some are excellent, others so so. Unfortunately one solution depends upon a knowledge of French, and I don't speak French. Another has a crossword, and as I am using the Kindle edition I was hampered in solving the crossword and therefore the problem.

The stories a

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
Jennifer Quail
If you asked me to pick my favorite Lord Peter Wimsey novel, and held me to a strict definition of 'novel', I would have to say "The Nine Tailors". However, if you just said 'favorite Lord Peter Wimsey book', this would be the one. The short stories cover a range of topics from the comic to the macabre and allows Sayers to indulge her penchant for puzzles and to try different literary styles that wouldn't have worked in a full-length novel. Readers looking for familiar characters will be both pl ...more
I'd forgotten how much fun a Dorothy Sayers book or story can be. This collection includes all Sayers' Wimsey stories, so there are several I've read before, but also a number I hadn't known about; in one, Peter and Harriet actually have 3 kids.

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
I got a Peter Wimsey Collection for my Nook and am looking forward to revisiting the whole series after many years. I was surprised at how frivolous Lord Peter seemed in this book, channeling his inner Bertie Wooster. But the charm of the time and place are fully realized, and the mystery was quite ingenious. Delightful.
Overall, I prefer Sayers' novels to her short stories. Also, I find Lord Peter much more interesting once Harriet Vane is around. So this was less fun than the later books. Also, many of the solutions were pretty obvious. But there's a bit of magic - and a hint of the fun to come - in this book nonetheless.
Sarah Asarnow
Aside from the first story, which I had an e-copy. I had rather an awful time of it for this collection. I had to spend an abominably long amount of time finding a parking space at the Berkeley Library yesterday in order to pick up a copy so musty and dusty and mouldering that I actually became ill if I read it for too long. I think I may actually have taken up to four Benadryl today, not to mention regular allergy pills and home remedies. I'd already read "The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps ...more
This book is just a compilation of short stories starting Lord Peter, some better than others. My favorite was "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention" which involved a ghostly carriage and very entertaining conversations with Polly Flinders (a mare.)

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
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers (Oxford, 13 June 1893 – Witham, 17 December 1957) was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

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“And upon his return, Gherkins, who had always considered his uncle as a very top-hatted sort of person, actually saw him take from his handkerchief-drawer an undeniable automatic pistol.
It was at this point that Lord Peter was apotheosed from the state of Quite Decent Uncle to that of Glorified Uncle”
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