Whose Body?

Whose Body?

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by Dorothy L. Sayers
     
 

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This Halcyon Classics ebook WHOSE BODY? by 20th century British detective writer Dorothy L. Sayers. In WHOSE BODY?, Sayers introduces the character of Lord Peter Wimsey. Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect, and investigates. A noted financier has also gone missing under strange circumstances, and as the case

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This Halcyon Classics ebook WHOSE BODY? by 20th century British detective writer Dorothy L. Sayers. In WHOSE BODY?, Sayers introduces the character of Lord Peter Wimsey. Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect, and investigates. A noted financier has also gone missing under strange circumstances, and as the case progresses it becomes clear that the two events are linked in some way.The book establishes many of Wimsey's character traits - for example, his interest in rare books, the nervous problems associated with his wartime shell-shock, and his ambiguous feelings about catching criminals for a hobby - and also introduces many characters who recur in later novels, such as Parker, Bunter, Sugg, and the Dowager Duchess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011801822
Publisher:
Halcyon Press Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Halcyon Classics , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
265,786
File size:
147 KB

Meet the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) 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. She also composed poetry, essays, plays, and translated Dante's DIVINIA COMMEDIA (The Divine Comedy) into English.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 13, 1893
Date of Death:
December 17, 1957
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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Whose Body 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This first novel that introduces Lord Peter Wimsey is a corker! If you like a good mystery, especially a good British mystery, and have not read Dorothy L Sayers, go for it. Only one of her Wimsey novels as ebook (so far).
wbray123 More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book for those who like British mystery stories without the contemporary penchant for excessive violence and foul language. It features Lord Peter Wimsey in his first appearance. These stories were adapted for TV in the British Mystery series. Those are also enjoyable. This e-book is fine-I did not notice distracting misspellings or other artifacts from conversion to electronic format. If Agatha Christie is the foremost British mystery novelist of the 20th century, having created both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, then Dorothy Sayers runs a close second. I deduct a star only because this type of writing may be considered dull by those who grew up on Hannibal Lecter and other more adrenaline producing contemporary crime novels. This is a book the whole family can enjoy and introduces the detective Lord Peter Wimsey whose further exploits can be followed in print and on the screen.
barzac More than 1 year ago
LOVE Dorothy L. Sayers! SO very glad that her books are now in Nook format! Now can "collect" all of her books and keep on Nook for reading again later! I had all of her books in paperback but had to move and get rid of them all! Now won't have to worry! Dorothy L. Sayers is one of the first "ladies" of mystery! We mystery lovers would have no lady writers without Sayers! If you have never read a Sayers book do so and fall in love with the genteel British mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very English mystery, solvable if you are paying attention to the clues. Maybe a little too sedate for todays tastes but an entertaining novel none the less.
77roses More than 1 year ago
The story line and plot have more twists and turns than a country road. The "villian" is a bit creepy and the author goes a little far into the twisted thinking of the villian, so I didn't suggest this book to my daughters, but I liked it. The end is satisfying and complete. I ended wanting to read the next in the series the same day! I enjoyed it even more!!!! Clouds of Witness is the title.
JJDTX More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the witty British Mystery. Sayers is one of my favorite genre, and I wish I had more of her works in my library.
Vaoldster More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to find this early Lord Peter Wimsey book available for Nook. Though brief, it is well-plotted and keeps the reader fascinated.
Mrs60pato More than 1 year ago
Dorothy L. Sayers is always a good,light read. This one was just as entertaining as the others and keeps you guessing where she is going next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sayers was one of the really good writers of her time as well as a master chef of mysteries. This is one of her earlier works, & is fun for the perspective of how bodies were ID'd before DNA testing was even dreamed of. Always a satisfying read.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant and awe inspiring knowing Agatha Christie used to read her books
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Excellent read/classy and enjoyable
LisasGeode More than 1 year ago
Thipps goes into his bathroom one morning to find in his bathtub the dead body of a man wearing nothing but a pair of pince nez glasses. That same night, a businessman bearing modest resemblance to the dead body seems to disappear, leaving his clothes behind. Lord Peter Wimsey (yes, that’s spelled correctly), an amateur detective, takes on the second matter, eventually joining forces with Inspector Parker, the police officer assigned to the first matter. They include Wimsey’s man Bunter, an avid photographer besides his working for Wimsey. Sayers sets up the two incidents well. The mysteries mount: whose body is it and how did it get into Thipps’ bathtub? What happened to Levy, the businessman, and why, and is there a crime there? Are the two incidents related somehow? Thus, this 1920s era mystery develops, primarily in London. Wimsey is an interesting and complex man, a second son who doesn’t inherit the Dukedom, and a man with the time and intelligence to work on crime solving. He apparently has some issues that would today probably be identified as post-traumatic stress from Wimsey’s participation in the Great War (now, WWI). Whether this is a murder mystery or not, I will allow you to discover. Well written, this reader found the pace slower than comfortable, but cleverly put together. The disappeared man Levy, being Jewish, provided more than one comment about him that by current standards would seem prejudiced and pejorative, something uncomfortable. The ending seemed unnecessarily prolonged to me. The overall evaluation? This is good, well written and clever, with an appealing protagonist. In this reader’s opinion, those were worth the disconcerting issues mentioned above.
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((I didn't know you couldn't search.)) Padded in after Aslan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 500 page very well-written free English murder mystery book (Nook scanning causes skipping in page count) taking place after WW I. Lord Peter Wimsey is guided by his mother the Dowager Duchess into the murder mystery of a man found by the owner of an apartment in his bathtub wearing nothing but a pinez-nez; while also involved with his friend Police Detective Parker in the disappearance of a Jewish financier. The narrative and dialog are in the vernacular of the time period. Humor, drama, angst, disception, false accusations, mystery, and cunning. Enjoy this very good read. The second book of this series is also free.
DiAskew More than 1 year ago
This story is the first in a series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and his man, Bunter. A dead body in a bathtub and an interesting cast of characters makes this a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And also tighly plotted and a little shorter than some in the series a free one should get you started on the others and ibto the continuations which have been well written
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The book was OK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic! Sayers is always a joy to read (and re- read).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The charm is that it is dated now but remember at one time it was very much modern mom
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