One of the founding mothers of mystery, Dorothy Sayers first introduced the popular character Lord Peter Wimsey in 1923 with the publication of Whose Body? Over the next twenty years, more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared, each one as cunningly written as the next.Now in single volume, here are all the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, a treasure for any mystery lover. From "The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag" to "The Image in the Mirror" and "Talboys," this collection is Lord Peter at his best -- and a true testament to the art of detective fiction.
Okay, this was a bit of a cheat because there was only one story I had not previously read. But I had to buy the whole book to get at that one story, so I'm counting it! It goes without saying that I love Sayers, and I lurve Lord Peter ... although I think the novels provide the best bang for the buck. Solving crimes seems like hard work, and a few pages of a short story make it seem a bit forced.
Recommended: To people who have read all the books, and need to get their hands on more Wimsey. WHY WEREN'T YOU MORE PROFILIC?
In the first 7 or so readings (okay, okay, maybe 5) I indiscriminately admired Sayers with a whole heart. Now that I'm a bit long in the tooth, snobbery, of which her books are full, yea, even beyond the ken of Miss Marple, has become less and less appealing to me. A Latin citation, or a French quote, untranslated can be frustrating enough for the average reader, but Homer, in the original Greek, is a bit over the top. I refer to all the Wimsey books here.
Review of the Hodder & Stoughton paperback edition (2018)
This recent paperback edition collects the Lord Peter Wimsey stories from the previously issued short story collections Lord Peter Views the Body (Wimsey #4) (1928 - all 12 are Wimsey stories), Hangman's Holiday: A Collection of Short Mysteries (Wimsey #9) (1933 - only 4 Wimsey stories). In the Teeth of the Evidence (Wimsey #14) (1939 - only 2 Wimsey stories) and Striding Folly (Wimsey #15) (1939/1973 - only 3 Wimsey stories).
The stronger works are definitely the early ones here as the later domesticated stories often revert to Wimsey simply settling neighbourly squabbles. Still, this is a very convenient collection that negates the need to search for 4 separate earlier anthologies.