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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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Margaret Campbell - 02:04pm Jun 4, 1999 PST(#36 of 118)

I loved Thrones, Dominations, although I was a tad frustrated by the end (I won't go into detail, of course). Are the BBC Peter Wimsey series available on Video? I havent seen them anywhere...

I've been reading Sayers since I was 15 or so, and Murder Must Advertise is my favorite. My prize possesion is a 1942-ish copy of Whose Body? with a fabulous pulp-fiction style cover on it. Has anyone seen others like this? I'm not a collecter yet, but close.

I would have long arguments with my mother over the casting of Peter if they ever put it to film again.

Let's Discuss!

Joyce Whitley - 01:18am Jun 6, 1999 PST(#37 of 118)

I wonder why my posts here never seem to get posted...I must be doing something wrong.

In any event, Thrones, Dominations was excellent as a novel and as a piece of social history. As a puzzle it left something to be desired--and I'm afraid we must lay that one at DLS's door, since Walsh was working from her outline.

Joyce Whitley - 01:24am Jun 6, 1999 PST(#38 of 118)

Heavens to Betsy! It's working. Here were my other thoughts:

1) The Nine Tailors was the very best DLS mystery;

2) in order to decide what my second-best is, I have to decide if I'm thinking "as a mystery," or "as a novel," since so many of her books were both;

3) as a novel, Gaudy Night was the best;

4) I rather liked the puzzle aspect of Have His Carcase, though I did skim over the chapter in which Peter and Harriet laboriously tried to figure out the code;

5) The Five Red Herrings can only be read with a chart handy, to keep track of the six suspects' whereabouts and characteristics. Using this tool I did manage to figure out WHO--though not HOW, of course;

6) Whose Body is elegant in its simplicity, and Unnatural Death makes a strong moral statement that I rather liked.

Margt Campbell - 10:38am Jun 8, 1999 PST(#39 of 118)

The appeal of Murder Must Advertise to me is the wonderful image of Peter in the Harlequin suit doing a swan dive at the party. I love the characterization in the novel as well. The dowager is wonderful. One of Sayers' strongest points: most every scene is memorable, and some images are positively chilling.

Somewhat less well known are her short stories, my favorite being the one set in Basque country in Spain.

There was a novel written in the sixties, I think, called Dorothy and Agatha that I picked up in a used book store. It wasn't very good though.

Are there any other pastiche-type things or novels out there?



Michael Derr - 06:19pm Jun 24, 1999 PST(#40 of 118)

My favorite books by Sayers are Unnatural death and Murder Must Advertise. The Nine Tailors follows close behind. Have yet to read Gaudy Night. Want to chat?

Kerry Elkins - 07:16pm Jul 2, 1999 PST(#41 of 118)

I've been in love with Peter for about 10 years now, ever since I saw the Edward Petherbridge/Harriet Walter BBC series. I have been DESPERATELY looking for a copy of the series ever since. Please can anyone help?

My favourite DLS is unquestionably Gaudy Night, but I love Murder Must Advertise and Uncle Meleager's Will.

What is this Thrones thing? I know nothing about it.

Nice talking to you all!

M Riggs - 10:44am Jul 5, 1999 PST(#42 of 118)


Try under their video section. (In the SEARCH box, type in Wimsey and the title will come up.) I ordered a copy of what is listed as a “boxed set” that “stars” _Lord Peter Wimsey et al_. It is not due to be released until September 21, 1999. The information provided is less than skimpy: I have no idea which stories are included, or if it is the Petherbridge series or the Carmichael series (if it is a series at all), but I’m willing to take the chance! (I too have been trying for more than 10 years to obtain copies of both the Petherbridge and the Carmichael series. Perhaps if these videos are being released by the BBC –- I believe they own the rights –- and they see a demand for one series they will release the other series, whichever that may be.)

Once I receive the videos I will write back to let everyone know just what the boxed set contains.

Kerry Elkins - 04:54pm Jul 11, 1999 PST(#43 of 118)

Dear M (great mystery name!)

Thanks for the info. Definitely keep me posted. When did the Carmichael series air? I never saw it. As good as the Petherbridge run? Is it possible it could be better?

If it proves to be neither - the video I mean - perhaps all of us on this link could pester the BBC for the series. If enough of us write they'd have to take us seriously!

Speak to you soon.

Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek - 11:13am Jul 12, 1999 PST(#44 of 118)

Urgently needed info: Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane begin their courtship in Strong Poison. Lord Peter had previously appeared in other Sayers books. But what about Harriet Vane? Does anyone know when she made her first Sayers appearance? Please e-mail me directly, a.s.a.p., as well as posting here. Thanks very much.

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