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Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) [Paperback]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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July 1993 Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
"No sign of foul play". So concludes Dr Carr's post-mortem on Agatha Dawson, and the case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied and, with no clues to work on, begins his own investigation. No clues, that is, until the sudden and senseless murder of Agatha's maid.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060923865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060923860
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,232,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. (P. D. James)

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

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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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First published in 1927, this is the third of Drothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. This review is for the 1975 full cast radio dramatisation starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter.

In this story a chance encounter with a Doctor sets Lord Peter off on a puzzling mystery. The Doctor lost his standing in his local community and subsequently had to leave his practice after he voiced his concerns over the death of an elderly patient. No-one else believed that it was suspicious, except Lord Peter. What follows is an interesting set up from Sayers, where Wimsey not only has to find the murderer and show how the crime was committed, but he also has to prove that a crime has indeed been committed. At his side is the ever reliable Inspector Parker and the infallible Bunter, and this story introduces a new ally in the form of Mrs. Climpson. Sayers skilfully builds up the mystery and peels away the layers to reveal the truth, in a fascinating tale that hinges on a dry piece of legislation, but told in an exciting fashion.

All the cast are on form here, Ian Carmichael really IS Lord Peter, Peter Jones strikes just the right note as Bunter, full of contrition as he makes a rare mistake. Gabriel Woolf is a joy as Parker. The three leads clearly got on very well in the studio, and there is a real feeling of warmth from them.

Originally broadcast as seven half hour episodes, all seven are here complete with theme music and credits at the end of each episode. They are split across three discs in a double size jewel case. Liner notes are limited to a chapter list and a brief note about Sayers' career. Sound quality is excellent - for a series nearly 40 years old is sounds really clear. 5 star in all for another enthralling outing for Wimsey and Co.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Death 31 Dec 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the third Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Wimsey and Charles Parker are interrupted, while in a teashop, by a doctor who overhears them talking about crime. He relates a tale of how he was treating an elderly lady for cancer, whose niece insisted was much nearer than death than he felt she was. When she died suddenly, without leaving a will, the doctor insisted on an autopsy, leading to bad feeling with both the niece, Miss Whittaker, and the local community. Indeed, his actions led to him having to leave the area and begin work elsewhere. Of course, Lord Peter is immediately intrigued - how many people do 'get away with murder'? However, Parker is not conviced there is a case to answer. Presumably, as an officer of the law he had enough real work to be getting on with, but Wimsey is determined to investigate.

In this entertaining novel, Lord Peter uses the indefatigable Miss Climpson as his "ears and tongue and especially nose." A spinsterish lady, much in the style of a slightly younger Miss Marple, she is an enquiry agent for Lord Peter; settling herself into a boarding house near where the elderly lady died and sending letters (which you feel the author had great fun writing) reporting on the people and places involved. Before long there is a further murder and even Parker is convinced that something is amiss. Did Miss Whittaker hurry her aunt along to make sure she inherited? Who is the mysterious Mrs Forrest? Is Lord Peter Wimsey himself going to become a victim?

This is a real puzzle of a mystery, with endless clues and suspects and sometimes you do feel a little bogged down in information. However, the real fun and sense of righting a wrong does shine through and you happily embark on the journey with Lord Peter, Parker, Miss Climpson and, of course, Bunter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen while you work 25 July 2012
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This listening cd is a great buy for those who love listening while doing housework, cooking, walking the dog or just listening. It has a full cast including the the late fantastic Ian Carmicheal. It is atmospheric of the period, very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past 18 July 2011
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This was a great read: a clever plot, a story that moves on at a good pace and a satisfying resolution at the end.

The language in parts seems quite strange and inevitably very dated, but this does not detract from the quality of the writing overall, which is intelligent and peppered with all sorts of literary references that fit in very naturally. Reading this has inspired me to re-read more Dorothy L Sayers and I would certainly recommend it to all fans of the classic detective novel.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Murder Mystery - enough said... 5 Nov 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
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Dorothy Sayers, a.k.a. Dorothy Leigh Sayers Fleming, one of the first women to ever be granted a degree from Oxford University, created one of the leading figures in, and indeed in so doing helped to create the genre of, the British mystery novels. Lord Peter Wimsey, an elegant, refined London-based aristocrat with a taste for books and a penchant for the piano, is again here the leading figure, in 'Unnatural Death', also published as 'The Dawson Pedigree'.
Wimsey is an old Etonian, Balliol Oxford (of course), served with distinction in His Majesty's forces during the War (this book having been written in 1927, I shall leave it to your good services to deduce which War), who resides both town and country somewhat fashionably, and takes great pride in the ancient family history (by the time one gets to be the fifteenth Duke of anything, the family can be easily considered ancient). Wimsey has a vocation as criminologist, not out of necessity, surely, and not by training either (for such training did not formally exist, but, as an Oxford Arts man, he was trained for most anything intellectual, or at least, that is what an Oxford Arts man would tell you). An interesting addition to the beginning of the book is a short biographical sketch of the fictional Wimsey by his equally-fictional uncle.
All of this, of course, is but preamble to the latest mystery to come calling upon Lord Wimsey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great Sayers fan she was a great writer
Published 1 month ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This, the third of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, concerns the murder of a dying person which is passed off as a natural death. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist at the end.
I couldn't put it down there were so many twists and turns. It was brilliant. Dorothy Sayers is a genius. I love her books. It was well worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Patricia McCarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Arrived in perfect condition on time, just as promised. Cannot see point of having minimum number of words in feedback - it is a paperback that arrived OK - what more is there to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love Sayers. I think it could be the supposedly dim Peter Wimsey and his attitude to life and people. I just think he's great.

5 stars is fully deserved.
Published 8 months ago by M. Lovett
4.0 out of 5 stars Real detective work
All fans of Lord Peter will enjoy this story, fast and interesting. I read it in one go. A real classic who-done-it.
Published 8 months ago by Shirley Wittering
5.0 out of 5 stars more murders !!!
Wymsey at his immitable best. Sound quality excellent, BBC full cast dramatization is just simply the best . well worth the money
Published 10 months ago by phylbil
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dated to be really enjoyable
Seems to waffle on forever without anything much happening. I read and enjoyed these stories a long time ago but nowadays find them too dated to be very enjoyable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by T. Crane
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to her best
Needs a good editor's pencil in parts. It's becoming harder to tolerate the prejudices of the period, otherwise a good early delineation of Wimsey's character.
Published 11 months ago by Susan Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on Kindle
Have been waiting for my favourite books to be kindle ready for a long time. Well worth the wait. Excellent read as ever.
Published 11 months ago by lizwhoodoo
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