Lord Peter Views the Body
Lord Peter views the body in 12 tantalizing and bizarre ways in this outstanding collection. He deals with such marvels as the man with copper fingers, Uncle Meleager's missing will, the cat in...more
I found out much more about Lord Peter as he continued to solve mysteries in his unique fashion. The third short story in the book contains a crossword puzzle laid out by a clever old man in his will. ...more
Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Hercule Poirot can beat Lord Peter Wimsey with their right hands tied behind their backs in terms of being interesting characters. Even Miss Marple can do it. Do not let me get started on noir: Philip ...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 ...more
I like Peter and Bunter but the stories in this collection were lacking something - either the development of other characters or a hook. I stand by my hypothesis that some authors are great at creating novels but can't quite transfer the same skill to short stories or - without referring to the format - simply shorter stories.
Still, some fun adventures with Peter.
Now on to the next Wimsey novel...
I find myself spending each review of a Sayers book comparing her favourably with her more famous ...more
I hadn’t realized that this was a book of short stories, but I enjoyed being able to read a little bit, put it down to do something else, and return when I was done, not having to worry that I’d forget some crucial detail in the meanwhile. I also enjoyed the vast range of subjects that Peter Wimsey displayed his knowledge in—as disparate as poker, wine appreciation, jewels, and crossword puzzles. ...more
Lord Peter Views the Body is a collection ...more
Man at club describes warning he got from a mysterious stranger; said mysterious stranger pipes up to offer the rest of the story. Ultimately: Peter likes to make a goddamned entrance, doesn't he? 3 stars.
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question
Huge sections of this were in French and I speak petit pois (peas, right???). :( Interesting solution, however. 2.5 stars.
The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will
This would have been ...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
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
Never before have I said this but I found that the introduction printed in my edition (from the ineffably beautifully designed Hodder & Stoughton 2016 printing, which I have obtained through semi-sketch measures but have fortunately not yet been apprehended for importing) ...more
Review of the Hodder & Stoughton paperback edition (2017) of the 1928 original
Too much modern crime fiction dwells in degradation and pain. Sayers acknowledges tragedy but has grander schemes in mind - to entertain and enlighten with suspense, subtlety and a sense of humour. - from the Introduction by Christopher Fowler.
I actually read all of these 12 stories earlier this year in Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories (2018) which also collects all of the ...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
It seems a random sort of a thing to chuck in a short story is all I'm saying. Perhaps his timeline takes it into account, but it threw me a bit. I was all for having him ...more
This anthology of early Wimsey shorts reminds me why I hate anthologies. Authors (or, more likely, publishers) sweep up all the bits and pieces of a successful author or authors and foist it on the public as great literature. The resulting collection is often--as in this case--mediocre at best.
“Nobody minds coarseness, but one must draw the line at cruelty.”
Especially avoid the novelette: “The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention.” Dreadful. “ ...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 herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina ...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”
-Lord Peter Wimsey”