Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #1)

Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #1)

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Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers, Nadia May, Wanda McCaddon

Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the misspelled "notise" to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man — not a spot of blood on his smashed skull and not a pence less than six hundred pounds in his pocket.

Author Biography: Dorothy L. Sayers is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, essays, reviews and translations. Although she was a noted Christian scholar, she is most known for her detective fiction. Born in 1893, she was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford University. Her first book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body?, was published in 1923 and over the next 20 years more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared. Dorothy L. Sayers is recognized as one of the greatest mystery writers of the 20th century.

Letter from the Editor:

Dorothy L. Sayers is recognized as one of the greatest mystery writers of the 20th century. In 1923, Whose Body?, her first book, featuring the aristocratic amateur sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, was published, and over the next 20 years more novels and short stories appeared. All 15 of Sayers' mysteries are available from HarperPaperbacks.

Now there is a new Dorothy L. Sayers novel. A long-lost partial manuscript titled Thrones, Dominions was discovered last year, and acclaimed mystery writer Jill Paton Walsh has completed it. St. Martin's Press will publish this book in February. This is a signal publishing event, and HarperCollins congratulates St. Martin's Press.

We are sure that Thrones, Dominions will delight Sayers' fans and find new ones for her, and in the process whet appetites for Sayers' other mysteries. A list of these books is attached. In the words of Dorothy L. Sayers herself, "Murder must advertise." So, in addition to an announcement about Thrones, Dominions in a recent issue of Publisher's Weekly, the next edition of the HarperCollins mystery newsletter, Deadline, will include a piece on the Sayers books, as will St. Martin's Press' newsletter, Murder at the Flatiron Building. HarperCollins will also feature information about the Sayers' backlist on its web page.

Dorothy L. Sayers died in 1957, but her books continue to enthrall readers today. Please help us celebrate the doyenne of the Golden Age of the Mystery, Dorothy L. Sayers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786199402
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Series , #1
Edition description: 19311 Blackstone
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 6.66(w) x 6.52(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

British novelist, essayist, and medieval scholar, Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) ranks with Agatha Christie as a defining author of the classic English detective novel. Sayers was among the first women to receive an Oxford degree, and her translations of Dante remain in wide circulation.

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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I admit that I have not read the Nook version of Whose Body? I would however like to mention an issue with the product listing for the sake of would-be buyers. For some reason, the synopsis of the book in this listing seems to be that of Busman's Honeymoon. Whose Body is actually Lord Peter Wimsey's first case where the books are concerned and involves an architect discovering a dead body in his bathtub wearing nothing but a pince-nez. Harriet Vane does not appear in this book. The rating is for the actual story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in.
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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