The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey.
His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. 'No sign of foul play,' says Dr Carr after the post-mortem on Agatha Dawson. The case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied . . .
With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. No clues, that is, until the sudden, senseless murder of Agatha's maid. What is going on in the mysterious Mrs Forrest's Mayfair flat? And can Wimsey catch a desperate murderer before he himself becomes one of the victims?
©1927 Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)
"I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)
"D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers." (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)
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"Spoilt by performance"
I would use a different narrator to read this book.
Lord Peter is the most interesting character.
The narrator's tendency to make her voice go high and shouty especially when being Miss Climpson was a major turn off.
I persevered and listened to the end.
"Great story, shame about narration"
near the bottom
Peter Wimsey of course, though his mother is a close second - they're delightfully eccentric.
Certainly not a Peter Wimsey book.
The narration of this audiobook made me cringe.
Please find another narrator for the Peter Wimsey books! Jane MacDowell just doesn't seem to really find the correct pace of the narrative - quite often she seemed only to realise the meaning of a sentence when she was half-way through it; and I really didn't like the voice she gave Charles Parker. I love the books, and kept trying with this one, but I gave up in the end as it was just annoying me.
"A deathly swathe"
Initially I found the narrator's female voice uncomfortable as I have always felt these stories should be read by a man, there are so many more male characters than female ones. However it was soon over looked as the story progressed and became stronger and more ridiculous and curious. It was the kiss of the spider woman; characters were dying off like flies.
Although it seems like an early story - Whimsey, Bunter and Parker are not drawn with the assured hand, I felt from other stories, it is still a gripping who dunnit or rather a why and how dunnit tale.
A little bit of a time warp in that it is almost a golden age of innocence in crime writing compared to the brutal and graphic tales of the modern detective and policing. It make a pleasant change to leave some of the blood, gore and bad language unsaid.
"Good plot but too many coincidences"
This has a great plot. Story slightly undermined by one or two far fetched 'coincidences' which allowed the problem to be solved.
A better narrator, and an editing out of a certain word.
I know this book was written in the 1920's, a time when racist remarks were probably considered the norm. However, this is not the case in the 21st century. I can understand that this is an unabridged recording, but It would have made no difference to the plot had the 'N' word been removed.
Definitely not. I was dubious to begin with having been spoilt on a diet of Ian Carmichael, but really, the narration was dreadful.
All I would remove is the overuse of the 'N' word. Once was bad enough, but it is used several times, and to absolutely no purpose whatsoever.
"Unfortunate choice of reader"
This excellent example of the clever detective novels of Dorothy Sayers is tarnished by the unfortunate choice of reader. This narrator is a pleasant enough reader but is not up to the stylised turn of phrase that Sayers employs, to her characterisation or to the sometimes quirky or dated phrases that are typical of Wimsey novels.
These novels are now only available read by the present narrator, and I have now tried two of them but won't be purchasing any more, much as I love them. I find it impossible to 'get into' them when the narrative halts or grinds due to faulty reading of characters, slips or mispronunciation. Even Lord Peter's name is mispronounced.
A sad disappointment.
I enjoy the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, although this has very dated attitudes, but the narrator is stilted and unsympathetic.
Terrible speech patterns! Quite an unnatural reading and not a patch on Ian Carmichel or Patrick Malahide's wonderful "Five Red Herrings".
I would like more unabridged DLS books, but at the moment you only seem to offer this narrator and I shall certainly not get any of those.
A good story well read, who can ask for more. Takes you back to a long gone world. Highly recommended
The narrator of this story had no idea of the characters she was speaking for and generally spoilt the whole story for me. her voice and characterisation were at complete odds with the story.
"Lord Peter Whimsey's Savoire"
Lord Peter Whimsey's ability to empathise crown the young aristocrat's piercing powers of deduction making him sharper, wittier than ever.
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