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Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  5,023 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Contents: Introduction, by James Sandoe. Twelve stories from Lord Peter Views the Body (1928): "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 Mel ...more
Paperback, 487 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Harper & Row (first published January 1st 1971)
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Feb 27, 2015 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since discovering Lord Peter in college, I've resisted the urge to race through all of his mysteries. There are only eleven, and I prefer to read them slowly, one every year or so, so they can last as long as possible. Knowing that I only have four left makes me sad, but this collection was a nice antidote - with twenty-one stories, it felt like at least three or four novels' worth of mysteries.

Obviously they aren't all great. "The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran" is sort of a letdown
Jun 29, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read the first three Lord Peter novels and fallen in love, not only with the writing and wit (Dorothy Sayers has an incredible vocabulary, rarely seen elsewhere, her Oxford education in languages shows in all sorts of glory) which grew with each new book, but also with the depiction of life and crime-solving in 1920's England, and of course, the goofy and lovably brilliant Lord Peter.

This book was sitting on my daughter's bookshelf, and, having borrowed it I was more than delighted to real
This massive collection of Sayers' complete output of Wimsey short stories is well-worth the investment of money and time. All the stories are strongly plotted and superbly crafted, with many of her usual characters but each has an edge to them and a sharply succinct quality that makes the reading fly along. Includes my all-time favorite Sayers story, “The adventurous exploit of the cave of Ali Baba”, and several others are quite stunning, especially the superbly paced “The unsolved puzzle of th ...more
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Feb 06, 2010 Telyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Lord Peter Wimsey in the "Abominable Affair of the Copper Fingers." I was, I think, 12, and the story scared me stiff. It was a treat to reread this collection of all of the Wimsey short stories, including "Copper Fingers," which is still intensely creepy. The quality is somewhat uneven but even the lesser stories are wonderfully inventive, and there are several gems here. The collection covers a wide range of themes, ranging from puzzlings wills and apparent supernatural manifestations, t ...more
I'm not a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Wimsey, obviously, or I wouldn't be reading this.

Apparently I've missed the best part of this supposed collection. The edition I grabbed from the library did not include "Tallboys," which is supposed to be a rare gem that shows a zany Wimsey-Vane co-existence. This edition provided a nice slap in the face for a substitute--a Wimsey parody (view spoiler)
Jacqueline O.
This is a collection of all the Lord Peter Whimsey short stories, including those published in Lord Peter Views the Body, and In the Teeth of Evidence.

The twenty stories in this collection vary widely, from extremely good to average. However, the novel is a good introduction to the classic crime-solving aristocrat, Lord Peter Whimsey, and it's a great deal of fun to read.

Stories that I particularly enjoyed were:

"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will" which revolves around a will with
Jun 01, 2013 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Peter Wimsey novels less for the mysteries --- which are usually very good --- but for the writing, which is uniformly excellent. I found a hardback edition of the stories for a dollar, so I decided to reread them. There was an appreciation of Sayers by another favorite author of mine, Carolyn Heilbrun (by the way, if you aren't familiar with the Kate Fansler mysteries that Heilbrun wrote as "Amanda Cross", stop reading this review right now and go out and get them. You won't be sorry ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book is a collection of 20 of Dorothy L Sayers' short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. I recently finished all 4 of Jill Patton Walsh's Lord Peter books and loved them, and decided it was time to go back to the originals. I am not normally a fan of short mysteries, as they usually are either lacking the characterization that I like, or the solution is too facile, but Ms Sayers was a master at her craft, and these are all really well done. I am inspired to go back to some of the novels, ...more
Norman Styers
May 07, 2016 Norman Styers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book collects all the short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. The stories individually are fine examples of the craft. The supporting cast, so important in the novels, is almost absent from most of these, except for Parker. Even Bunter appears only occasionally, and sometimes only by allusion, but in a short story, much must be sacrificed for brevity.
May 10, 2015 -Me rated it really liked it
The prose is absolutely perfect. And add to that the witty, awkward, and wonderful detective who is blessed with the beak of a hawk - it is a fantastic read.
As of yet, I have only read /The Nine Tailors/ from the collection of Lord Peter Wimsey novels, and it was excellent as well.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or clever prose. Sayers is a genius.
Apr 02, 2014 Lydia rated it it was amazing
So as I mentioned in my review for In the Teeth of the Evidence I wished for a collection of all Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey short stories; well this is it! Seeing as I read Lord Peter Views the Body, Hangman's Holiday and In the Teeth of the Evidence all very recently I was able to skim read most of these stories (if you would like a review of them, you will have to go to my review of their respective books) until I got to the ones that were new to me in this collection. These were Striding Folly ...more
Drew Perron
I like Dorothy L. Sayers's approach here - take a clever and lighthearted gimmick, like crossword puzzles, pirate treasure, or a headless horseman, and wrap a mystery around it, then take a protagonist that can charm both the characters and the audience and have him work his way through it. And when it works, it really works, making each story quick and pacy instead of a Very Serious Slog of Awful People.

Unfortunately, there's a problem, and it's the painful prejudices of the British aristocracy
Oct 08, 2016 Krista added it
I was first introduced to Dorothy Sayers in the mid-90s when my intellectual uncle recommended her mysteries.

But I haven't read her since.

This summer I moved overseas and could only take 350 pounds of stuff with me. Knowing there would be no English-language book source in Northern Africa, I put a lot of effort into which books I would bring. Many of my small trade paperbacks made the cut, including my Dorothy Sayers books.

Now, sitting in my apartment in Casablanca, I'm reading my way through th
Zeb Kantrowitz
Apr 29, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are twenty-one short stories included in this collection. Some of the stories have been included in one of the three previous collections of Sayer's work. Best of all a story written just before her death (in 1957) is published here (in 1972) for the first time. The collection follows Wimsy from his earliest days as a consultant to Inspector Parker, all the way to the new story which is a look at Wimsy at 52 and the father of three sons.

Wimsy who started out working with Parker on a whim,
Apr 14, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
This is an excellent collection of Lord Peter Wimsey short stories. They are included in other separate volumes - Lord Peter Views the Body, Striding Folly, Hangman's Holiday, and In the Teeth of the Evidence. There are some Montague Egg shorts in Hangman's Holiday which don't appear in this collection. The book also included a coda with an excellent biography of Dorothy Sayers, and a Codetta by EC Bentley which was meant to be a parody of Gaudy Night.

There were a couple of stories which I felt
William Bibliomane
This complete collection of Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey short stories, later supplanted by The Complete Stories (which includes tales featuring Montague Egg and other, non-character tales), Lord Peter is as fine an introduction as one could hope to world of Wimsey. Sayers' short stories are tremendously good fun, and demonstrate that she was just as comfortable with the short form as she was with the full-length novel. Sayers' delight in wordplay, and in sometimes grim conundra, are all in evidenc ...more
Got this as a first edition; sadly, couldn't help re-reading it to the extent that it's far from pristine. On the other hand, it has the look of a long-time friend, which it is.
I love Dorothy Sayers, and Gaudy Night is one of my favorite books ever. These stories are, if not as completely awesome as Gaudy Night, still quite good. So why only 3 stars? Simply because, when all the stories are collected together in one volume, one finds that Sayers has a lamentable tendency to repeat her plots. There are more stories of inheritances hidden away by eccentric relatives than I care to count, as well as multiple stories of men murdering their wives/partners. While always amus ...more
Andy Vann
Aug 21, 2016 Andy Vann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of her novels, but I've never read the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories. My oh my but they are good.
Oct 14, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume collects together all of Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey short stories. As stories, these vary in quality quite a bit, but the writing and characterization are universally pleasing. Fans of Sherlock Holmes might notice a couple of tributes to Arthur Conan Doyle's productions, most notably in a story about a body found burned beyond recognition in an outbuilding. In a couple of stories Sayers experimented with melodramatic plot devices, including the undermining of a large-scale cr ...more
I came to these stories via a recommendation from one of my favorite authors, Connie Willis, who has cited the Lord Peter Wimsey stories as one of her inspirations (likewise the Wodehouse "Jeeves and Wooster" stories). I'm very glad I did, and I will now read the longer-form novellas/novels to get more tales of this wonderful character.

Wimsey fits the archetype of the gentleman detective, a man of means who is very smart, very perceptive, and fascinated by crime-solving. You'd think things would
Aug 14, 2010 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I found Dorothy Sayers' name on a list of authors that Diana Gabaldon reads to improve her writing. I'm not a big mystery fan, so I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but this book was an exquisite discovery. Dorothy Sayers writes mystery novels in the mannered, witty, and logical manner that P.G. Wodehouse might have adopted if he'd gone in for mysteries. (Well, I mean mysteries with crimes bigger than "Who pinched the cow creamer?") Her dialog is wonderful to read, ...more
Overall, this was a terribly enjoyable collection of short stories. Some of the stories were less engaging than others. Sayers' strengths never included writing pot-boilers along the lines of the story where Lord Peter infiltrates some kind of international communist criminal ring. That felt rather too much like dated pulp fiction. The best stories, in my opinion, were those which dealt with the people and incidents which I am so familiar with from the full length novels; the story which feature ...more
Sep 22, 2007 Adobe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of all the Peter Wimsey short stories, plus an introduction, an analytical essay, and a parody by E. C. Bentley.

I'm familiar with the Lord Peter Wimsey from Sayers' detective novels, in which he juggles his passion for murder with his enthusiasm for rare books and wine. He wears a monocle. He can make a Biblical pun, invoke Shakespeare, and provide meta-commentary on detective fiction -- all in the same breath. It is not just literary critics who cringe at his portrayal of aristocra
Nov 03, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Some of these stories have been published in earlier anthologies. I have read "Lord Peter Views the Body" which includes the first 12 stories in this collection. I was not terribly impressed. The next four stories appeared in "Hangman's Holiday" and the next two in "In the Teeth of the Evidence." The final three stories appeared in "Striding Folly." Many of the stories were published in magazines first. The final stories in this collection "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys" include Harriet Va ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: battle-of-wits
Read these AFTER reading at least the first Lord Peter Wimsey novel. My review when I first read them was this: "I read about a third of these, but couldn't bear to slog through the rest. Several authors I love (cough, copperbadge) have mentioned Sayers, and I'm a sucker for urbane fops who are secretly quite intelligent indeed (if you haven't read The Scarlet Pimpernel yet, now is the time). And yet, I just disliked Lord Peter Wimsey. He's so pretty and witty, and everyone else is so foolish an ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure how often I've read this collection of stories -- four, maybe five, times, maybe even more -- and I was a pretty late arrival to the Lord Peter party. I didn't discovery Dorothy Sayers until I was well into my 20s.

The mysteries are well thought out, often complicated, and usually intriguing. And that is not even the best part of the stories. Lord Peter is. Or rather, the brilliant writing bringing Lord Peter to life is.

Dave Holcomb
I love Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels, but I'm not sure the character translates well into short fiction. Somehow everything felt a bit rushed and sketchy, with more of an emphasis on clever plot twists than on well-crafted characters and elegant dialogue. If you're a fan of Lord Peter, by all means don't pass this up, but if you're looking for a place to start, read a couple of the full-length novels first.
Nov 23, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Both the foreword and the afterword to this collection pretty much concede that the Lord Wimsey short stories aren't so great, and they are right. In terms of plausibility, they make the Sherlock Holmes stories look like rigorous realism, and the mysteries are contrived puzzles of the kind you associate with Encyclopedia Brown. The pick of the litter, a previously unpublished and rather charming little family tale, is saved for last.
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

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