Whose Body?

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The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder—especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the ...
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Overview

The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder—especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.

First published in 1923, Whose Body? established the disarmingly debonair—and somewhat foppish—Wimsey as one of the most enduring characters in English literature. It remains one of the most significant (and most charming) of the Golden Age mysteries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400161300
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries (Audio) Series
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957), one of Britain's premier crime writers, is the author of fourteen novels and short story collections featuring amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey as well as four other novels in collaboration and two serial stories for broadcasting.

Roe Kendall is an acclaimed audiobook narrator whose titles include Peter Pan by James M. Barrie and Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie.

Biography

Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency from 1921 to 1932. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. Dorothy L. Sayers also became famous for her religious plays, notably The Man Born to be King, which was broadcast controversially during the war years, but she considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She died in 1957.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Dorothy Leigh Sayers (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 13, 1893
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Death:
      December 17, 1957

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Best way to hide a corpse - ever!

    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).

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Highly Recommend! Great reading!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Thipps goes into his bathroom one morning to find in his bathtub

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Great Mystery - compelling reading

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Recommend for classic fun

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Wow

    Didnt realize these were written so long ago. Want a modern rea like these, find bad to the last drop or too much at stake. Happy reading

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Very Good!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    So clever

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    enjoyable reading

    It is very entertaining. I was not sure at first, then before I knew it I was really intrigued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    The story was OK

    The book was OK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Highly recommended

    A classic! Sayers is always a joy to read (and re- read).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Would you believe an annotated issue of this?

    I kid you not I just bought it and it explains the slang and explaines about food plowmans lunch and all that stuff about clubs and clothes what next? Page counter

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    A literate mystery and a classic english mystery

    The charm is that it is dated now but remember at one time it was very much modern mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Hard to follow

    Slow read with strange wording.

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