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A classic author from the golden era of mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her series featuring nobleman-detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

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Betty Aubrey - 10:56am Apr 1, 2002 PST(#97 of 118)

In regard to "Thrones, Dominations," there appear to be two story lines running through the book: 1) the mystery and 2) personal life of the Wimseys. I found myself becoming impatient with the verbage, wanting to get to the mystery. The personal seems extranious to the purpose of the book.

Megan O'Malley - 05:44pm Apr 2, 2002 PST(#98 of 118)

Hi there, I am in a detective fiction course right now and am enjoying it very much. However, I now have to write a report comparing and contrasting two of the books I have most recently read. They are: Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers and Murder on Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The object of my report is to find the "How? Why? Who?" of each of these novels and then build an argument about how each author chooses to answer these questions. I haven't had much trouble finding the who, why, and how, but I need some ideas to help my paper become more informed. Please, if you have any suggestions or comments to make about these two books I would greatly appreciate it.

Ramsey Martin - 12:12pm Apr 21, 2002 PST(#99 of 118)

Where can I find a revue of Nine Tailors?

Luci Davin - 04:48am May 9, 2002 PST(#100 of 118)

If any Dorothy L Sayers fans would like to join in a discussion of Gaudy Night, they would be welcome to join the womeninmystery email discussion group - discussion starts on 9 May but don't be deterred if you see this later.


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john wilson rogers - 04:11am Jun 20, 2002 PST(#101 of 118)

which detective lived in a flat off piccadilly next to bottle street police station

Mario Silva - 03:55am Jul 7, 2002 PST(#102 of 118)

John would it be the fabulous (Margery Allingham's) Albert Campion?

And I wonder why she's not among these "Mystery Greats"........

Bettina - 05:04pm Sep 23, 2002 PST(#103 of 118)

I read Gaudy Night when I was rather young, 16 I think. I was very much impressed and from that day on, my greatest wish was to study in Oxford. I wanted to be a scholar and rediscover footnotes that had been forgotten for centuries. I wanted to learn to be well-bred and to speak with the Oxford accent. I wanted to be sophisticated and have endless discussions about values and things. Somehow, however, I never got to Oxford. First of all, my marks weren't nearly good enough. And then, my parents would never have been able to afford the fees. I'm 22 now, studying English in Germany. And actually, I'm always pleased when I come across one of Lord Peter's and Harriet's many quotations in my reading. I've never read any Kai-Lung though, nor any Donne. It's not the kind of thing that's usually on the syllabus of German universities. But I've read Tristram Shandy, just because Harriet reads it in Have His Carcase. And I enjoyed it quite a lot! Anyway, I just want to say that reading Sayers has influenced me and my perception of English literature quite a lot. I know I sound very solemn. Never mind. I'd be interested to know if any of you have had similar experiences while reading Sayers.


Magnus Klaue - 01:03pm Sep 29, 2002 PST(#104 of 118)

have to admit that i dislike the books of dorothy l. sayers VERY much. i think they are an exellent example for a kind of pseudo-intellectual literature that tries to be appear than it is. these exhausting dialogues about arts, fashion, philosohy, literature...just to show that she is intelligent and knows all the classics. but in the whole, the books are totally boring!! the plots may be sufficient for a short story but not for a novel. besides, she is racist and fascist, just read what she writes about the 'working class', about indians, blacks and so's a horrible experience to read these books.

Bettina - 03:35am Oct 8, 2002 PST(#105 of 118)

Hey, this is cool!

At last someone who actually writes something controversial! Thanks Magnus.

Of course, the reader of a Sayers novel must always bear in mind that she wrote it before WW II when political correctness was as unheard of as space rockets.

I admit that she is a little show-off. I don't deny it, even though I realised it only lately.

Actually I would like Magnus to give some examples of Dorothy Sayers' racism and fascism. As he suffered so much reading her novels, I'm sure he'll be able to give us some interesting quotations.

I'd be looking forward to them.

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