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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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Nancy BV - 12:06am Feb 7, 1999 PST(#28 of 118)

I thought I was the only one with a crush on Lord Peter! His finally accepted proposal to Harriet was the most romantic thing I've ever read in my life, not that romances in general are very appealing. Not enough bloodshed, generally. Sigh. I have all the books and reread them every few years - and yes, there is also that "going to Oxford" fantasy. And being able to spout Greek and Latin at the apposite moments, and better yet, to have your spoutings understood and appreciated.

Diva - 06:58pm Feb 15, 1999 PST(#29 of 118)
look famous, be legendary, appear complex, act easy, radiate presence, travel light, seem a dream, prove real

The to person asking about the book Sayers co-wrote (other than Thrones, Dominations), there was a book called The Documents in the Case, can't remember who she wrote it with but most if not all of it was in the form of letters written to people. Quite good, although rather technical.

It is so hard, but I think my favourites are Murder Must Advertise (was studying advertising when I first read it, and I loved the harlequin character. And also Gaudy Night, the Oxford setting was fab and I loved Peter's nephew (can't remember name - St George?).

Unlike others here, I did like strong poison, but I had seen the BBC series version of it before I read it, so I could picture it. Didn't like clouds of witness very much, found it rather slow and dragged a lot. Five Red Herrings and The Nine Taylors were fun. I have also read Unpleasantness at the Bellona (sp?) club, Whose Body?, Habeas Corpus (v. clever), Lord Peter View the Body (short stories), and Mystery at Talboys (novella, with Harriet & Peter's children in it, 3 boys if I remember correctly). Busman's Honeymoon was excellent, I also liked the emotions showed by Peter.

Is there one called Hangman's Holiday? What is it about because I don't think I have read it? And does anyone know who starred in the BBC production, I can picture Harriet, who was excellent, but I cant remember her name or who played Peter.

Enough for a first time poster :-)

Elizabeth Hayes Smith - 09:37am Mar 1, 1999 PST(#30 of 118)

To Bobbie Jeffers (#13)

Hi, I've just finished Five Red Herrings on audiobook. I'd love to just lay around and read Sayers, but alas, who has time! So, I grab what I can in the car on audiobook.

I thought it was a marvelous book, although a bit convoluted. Have you had the chance to read it or were you looking for a review of it? I'd love to discuss it if you like.

Godfrey - 06:15pm Mar 4, 1999 PST(#31 of 118)

I just purchased "Thrones, Dominations" by Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. It is supposedly an unfinished manuscript about Lord Peter and Harriet after "Busman's Honeymoon" of Sayers that Walsh finished.

Has anyone read it or heard anything about it. Does anyone know anything about Ms. Walsh. I've never heard of her before.

Elizabeth Hayes Smith - 09:29am Mar 1, 1999 PST(#32 of 118)

Hello, all,

So, I've listened to my first Dorothy Sayers on audiobook, Five Red Herrings. Now, I am a died-in-the-wool Ngaio Marsh fan (the pun is intended, she wrote a novel by that name) and I never thought I'd find another to match her. While Marsh is still my favorite, I'd have to say Sayers is coming in a close second. I do like the silly, wry Lord Peter a great deal. And who could not adore Bunter??

My only critique is, perhaps, that I should not have listened to audiobook for this one. Red Herrings is a bit convoluted, and it is hard to keep track of all the characters without seeing their names on a page. Also, the Scots accents on this book-on-tape were so so thick I had trouble listening. In book form it would be easier to decipher.

Never fear, I've joined a mystery club and anticipate the arrival of two of Sayers' finest soon...

Who here has read Five Red Herrings? Did anyone pick the murderer before then ending (we can converse confidentially so as not to give it away :)

Marsha Francis - 09:30pm Mar 5, 1999 PST(#33 of 118)

Godfrey, I don't know anything about Ms Walsh, but I've read Thrones and I liked it. Usually, I don't like books where someone else has taken up a favorite character - I adore Nero Wolfe, but only when written by Rex Stout - but this one was exceptional. I recommend it to Lord Peter fans.

Rik Shepherd. - 09:08am Mar 6, 1999 PST(#34 of 118)
Never hire a ferret to do a weasel's job


Jill Paton Walsh wrote a book called 'A Piece of Justice', a nicely story about a female academic at Cambridge called Imogen Quy (? I'm not totally sure about that name, surprisingly enough) whose tenant gets a job ghostwriting a biography, then disappears after finding out that a number of peole have vanished or died soon after starting the same biography.... It's a neat book, with a satisfying end (which Radio 4 missed off their fairly recent adaptation) and I think it's part of series.

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