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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1 Nov 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450017095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450017094
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her books are English Literature at its best. Her plots are finely tuned and her Lord Peter Wimsey is delightful (Times (letter))

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)

'She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller.' (Minette Walters)

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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. He made his fifth appearance in this brilliant collection of ingenious short stories. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 30 Jun 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Lord Peter Views the Body" Is part of the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Series. There are twelve mysteries. I will not pull them apart as the fun is watching them unfold.
"The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers"
"The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question"
"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Mileage's Will"
"The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag"
"The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker"
"The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention"
"The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran"
"The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste"
"The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head"
"The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach"
"The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face"
"The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba"

With the novels containing Harriet Vane [Strong Poison], the emphasis is on English life with a mystery added. This book is a series of mysteries with a little 20's and 30's England added. It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

Next book is "The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2014
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Although I am not really a fan of short stories - much preferring novels - I wanted to re-read the Lord Peter Wimsey books and realised that I had never read this collection. The book consists of the following stories:

The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question
The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will
The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag
The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker
The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention
The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran
The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste
The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head
The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach
The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face
The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba

These stories have everything a fan of Golden Age Detective Fiction could want - missing wills, organised crime gangs, jewel thieves, bizarre crimes and, often, more bizarre solutions. These are lots of fun, wonderfully written puzzles, and you feel that no criminal could remain unmasked with Lord Peter Wimsey on the case!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
The otherwise excellent 'unabridged' audio edition (read by Ian Carmichael, who portrayed Lord Peter in most of the adaptations of Sayers' novels) actually omitted 3 of these 12 stories, although the rest were indeed unabridged.
The complete set of short stories can only be found in the _Lord Peter_ collection; apart from that, this volume is the largest single batch. They don't overlap with _Hangman's Holiday_ or _In the Teeth of the Evidence_, which contain both Wimsey and non-Wimsey stories.
"The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers" - Varden, an American actor and a guest of one of Lord Peter's friends at the Egotists' Club, tells a story of an encounter with a mysterious stranger years before. A good story; Sayers' rare American characters are much better than, e.g. Christie's, although Varden does slip occasionally into British colloquialisms.
"The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question" - Omitted from the 'unabridged' audio edition, Heaven only knows why. The affair of the Attenbury diamonds, so often mentioned elsewhere as the beginning of Lord Peter's career in detection. A word of warning - Sayers never provided English translations of French dialogue unless forced to do so by her publishers, so part of one scene may be incomprehensible to the reader.
"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will" - "A woman who pretends to be serious is wasting her time and spoiling her appearance. I consider that you have wasted your time to a really shocking extent. Accordingly, I intend to conceal this will, and that in such a manner that you will certainly never find it unless by the exercise of a sustained frivolity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Weale VINE VOICE on 25 Jan 2014
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I have read and re-read the Peter Wimsey stories since I was twelve or thirteen. I haven't read them for ages but I have bought them for my kindle so I can have them with me and having them with me, decided to re-read Lord Peter Views the Body - a series of short crime stories set between the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

The stories are eclectic, as Peter Wimsey and his man,Bunter investigate the article in question and the fantastic horror of the cat in the bag. Dorothy Sayers wrote for her time with a bit of added glamour, so you learn something about Britain in the 1920s and 30s as well as getting a good mystery. For me they are as marvellous as ever and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

I have this edition in paperback too - my older Penguin Crimes having disintegrated - and I can say that there seem to be some problems with the typesetting in this edition which can detract from the flow of a sentence, for instance 'Your callers, monsieur le comte, are as well known among men endowed with a palate...', which should be 'Your cellars, monsieur...". So if you find any of the sentences particularly puzzling you should try and find an older edition and check it out.
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