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Lord Peter : The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories Paperback – October 22, 1986

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"A clasic collection from 'one of the greatest mystery-story writers of the [twentieth] century'" -- -- Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: HarpPeren; Reissue edition (October 22, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060913809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060913809
  • ASIN: 0060913800
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916.

Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time.

In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus.

She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).

Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After recently going on a Lord Peter binge, I was a bit apprehensive about reading a collection of short stories. How, I wondered, could short stories hold a candle to the witty and intricate writing of the novels? But, I was in withdrawl. Lord Peter had been my companion for the last month and I wanted to get as much of him as I could.
I was pleasantly surprised. While the stories of course did not have the wealth of familiar characters all on stage at the same time, they each gave glimpses into those lives alongside the steady Lord Peter. From the disturbing to the merely amusing, Lord Peter managed to mix himself up in murder and mystery, and smoothly work out the muddle. One is also blessed to have two stories with Harriet Vane and the Wimsey children in them. The collection is fun and quite a vital part of the Lord Peter collection.
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Format: Hardcover
This omnibus edition of all the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories consists of the stories from _Hangman's Holiday_, _In the Teeth of the Evidence_, _Lord Peter Views the Body_, and _Striding Folly_ (the final 3 stories of _Lord Peter_), those of _Striding Folly_ being the most difficult to get outside the omnibus edition. See reviews of the individual collections if you want a more detailed discussion of the contents. If you get the omnibus _Lord Peter_, be aware that it contains the complete text of _Lord Peter Views the Body_, while HH and Teeth contain non-Wimsey stories that are worth having. If you're interested in an unabridged audio version, check out those for the individual volumes that have been cannibalized for the omnibus edition; Ian Carmichael has narrated unabridged recordings of most of the short stories, with the exception (so far) of a few that turn on visual clues given in the text.
I find the 2 stories from Teeth uninteresting, but those from HH are enjoyable. The stories from _Lord Peter Views the Body_ all predate the events of _Strong Poison_ - that is, they occur years before Lord Peter met Harriet Vane. In fact, some occur within two years of the end of WWI, such as "The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran", set in June 1921. For the most part, most of my favorite Lord Peter short stories fall into this group, with the exception of "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", an enormous (and to me, tedious) novella wherein the will of a recently deceased old reprobate was deliberately designed to create bad blood between his sons. Apart from that, we have such gems as the Attenbury diamond case, mentioned in later years as having started Lord Peter on his hobby of detection, a case featuring Lord St.
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Format: Paperback
For fans of LORD PETER novels the greatest problem has been that Sayers wrote so few novels. Fortunately she did write quite a few short stories which are all in this volume. We are treated to 21 more adventures with Peter, Bunter and many of his friends including Inspector Parker, the Dowager Duchess. Most of the stories are gems, particular personal favorites are: 'The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head' - featuring Peter's nephew; 'The Haunted Policeman' and 'Talboys' - both focusing on Peter's married life.

In addition to the mysteries themselves, challenging little puzzles complete with the wry humor found in the novels, fans of the series are given little glimpses into the other stories. Various situations and names that will appear in other works pop up giving devotees of the series a treasure hunt for repeated reads.
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The creation of Dorothy Sayers in the first half of the 20th century, Lord Peter Wimsey rightly occupies a place of honor alongside Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes as one of the finest detectives in the murder mystery genre, in the traditional British mould. But whereas Holmes was principally renowned for his short stories, Wimsey is best known from Sayers' superb novels like "Clouds of Witness", "Murder Must Advertise", and "The Nine Tailors", and it is with these full-length stories that those unfamiliar with Wimsey should probably begin. But Wimsey fans will not want to miss an opportunity to meet the characters from his world that they've grown to love and appreciate make an appearance in the form of short stories. Sayers wrote several short story collections, and although they arguably lack the drama of the novel-length narratives, her sharp wit, terse style, articulate vocabulary, and wonderful characters are all evident. Her skill with wordplay is already evident in the deliciously verbose titles like "The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question", "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", and "The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach," all of which give clever details of the contents of each story.

This volume is comprehensive in reproducing all 21 Wimsey short stories, including the previously unpublished Talboys. Certainly there are some delightful stories among them. My favorite half-a-dozen or so stories include:

"The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker" - Wimsey uses some sleight of hand to manipulate a game at cards, in order to blackmail a thief into returning stolen jewelry and a scandalous photograph.
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