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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Sayers and her work
This is a nicely put together, if somewhat pedestrian anthology of short stories. Obviously, the stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey are the big selling point (and in fact, he features in the first four), there are seven featuring Montague Egg and the last two are stand-alone stories involving neither character.

All of the stories are written with the skill...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage murder mystery
More of a long 'short story'. A reflection of emergent information about identical twins, another plot line where D.L. Sayers picks up on topical scientific research of the time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Sayers and her work, 20 Jun 2007
This review is from: Hangman's Holiday (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
This is a nicely put together, if somewhat pedestrian anthology of short stories. Obviously, the stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey are the big selling point (and in fact, he features in the first four), there are seven featuring Montague Egg and the last two are stand-alone stories involving neither character.

All of the stories are written with the skill that you'd expect from Sayers and in the Wimsey stories there are welcome appearances by the Dowager Duchess and Bunter (who I learnt for the first time, has Mervyn as his first name). My favourite was probably The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey' because whilst the set-up was a little contrived (would a jealous man really haul himself and his wife over to the Basque region on the off-chance of meeting the man he believes fancies her?), it's the sheer pace and skill of the writing that carries it off.

As an introduction to Montague Egg, I found myself interested in his methods but I think that there is a certain similarity with Wimsey that meant I couldn't quite believe in him as a character in his own right. I liked the device of the Salesman's Handbook and I also liked the repeated image of him toddling around the country in his Morris car, persuading people to buy the fine wares of "Plummet & Rose, wines and spirits, Piccadilly" but there isn't quite enough of him for me to be a fan.

The final two stories in the collection - 'The Man Who Knew How' and 'The Fountain Plays' actually read to me as precursors to the kind of short story that Roald Dahl was famous for - each has a twist in the tale that would not be out of place in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected and I found them very enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, 28 Mar 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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"Hangman's Holiday" is a collection of short stories. There are twelve mysteries around the twenties and thirties England in this book, each stands alone but has a common feel; they are:

"The Image in the Mirror"

"The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey"

"The Queen's Square"

"The Necklace of Pearls"

"The Poisoned Dow '08"

"Sleuths on the Scent"

"Murder in the Morning"

"One too Many"

"Murder at Pentecost"

"Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz"

"The Man Who Knew How"

"The Fountain Plays"

It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

I will not pull them apart as the fun is listening to them unfold. You may also want to look for the unabridged tape, as the narrator is Ian Carmichael who played Lord Peter Wimsey. He changes his voice for the different people and you can tell the difference. There is a statement that tells you when the tape side ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage murder mystery, 2 April 2014
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More of a long 'short story'. A reflection of emergent information about identical twins, another plot line where D.L. Sayers picks up on topical scientific research of the time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hangman's Holiday, 2 Aug 2013
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This book contains 12 short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. Only four of them feature Lord Peter Wimsey, Six feature Montague Egg and there are two others. They were entertaining reading, but not up to the standard of Sayers' longer novels. The Montague Egg stories are less convincing than the Peter Wimsey stories. If you have read all the other Peter Wimsey stories and are desperate for more then these are OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise, 8 July 2013
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very different to other Sayers stories I have read. Took a while to get used to the short story format. some easy to solve - others with a it of a twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars D L Sayers at her best, 30 April 2013
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This review is from: Hangman's Holiday (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
Dorothy L Sayers is /was a great story teller; witty, funny, clever and always a twist, it is a classic, like all her books, a must read and kept to re-read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING DESCRIPTION, NOT ALL WIMSEY, 22 Mar 2013
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A BOOK OF VERY SHORT STORIES
I was disappointed, the book comprised several short stories. They were not all Peter Wimsey stories, therer were a lot of Montague Egg stories, They were very short seemed like experimwnts in working out ideas. I shall be very careful about ordering books unless I am clearlyn ordering a single novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, 3 April 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: HANGMAN'S HOLIDAY (Paperback)
"Hangman's Holiday" is a collection of short stories. There are twelve mysteries around the twenties and thirties England in this book, each stands alone but has a common feel; they are:
"The Image in the Mirror"
"The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey"
"The Queen's Square"
"The Necklace of Pearls"
"The Poisoned Dow '08"
"Sleuths on the Scent"
"Murder in the Morning"
"One too Many"
"Murder at Pentecost"
"Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz"
"The Man Who Knew How"
"The Fountain Plays"

It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

I will not pull them apart as the fun is listening to them unfold. You may also want to look for the unabridged tape, as the narrator is Ian Carmichael who played Lord Peter Wimsey. He changes his voice for the different people and you can tell the difference. There is a statement that tells you when the tape side ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, 1 April 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: HANGMANS HOLIDAY. (Hardcover)
"Hangman's Holiday" is a collection of short stories. There are twelve mysteries around the twenties and thirties England in this book, each stands alone but has a common feel; they are:
"The Image in the Mirror"
"The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey"
"The Queen's Square"
"The Necklace of Pearls"
"The Poisoned Dow '08"
"Sleuths on the Scent"
"Murder in the Morning"
"One too Many"
"Murder at Pentecost"
"Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz"
"The Man Who Knew How"
"The Fountain Plays"

It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

I will not pull them apart as the fun is listening to them unfold. You may also want to look for the unabridged tape, as the narrator is Ian Carmichael who played Lord Peter Wimsey. He changes his voice for the different people and you can tell the difference. There is a statement that tells you when the tape side ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, 30 Mar 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hangman's Holiday (Paperback)
"Hangman's Holiday" is a collection of short stories. There are twelve mysteries around the twenties and thirties England in this book, each stands alone but has a common feel; they are:
"The Image in the Mirror"
"The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey"
"The Queen's Square"
"The Necklace of Pearls"
"The Poisoned Dow '08"
"Sleuths on the Scent"
"Murder in the Morning"
"One too Many"
"Murder at Pentecost"
"Maher-Shalal-Hashbaz"
"The Man Who Knew How"
"The Fountain Plays"

It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

I will not pull them apart as the fun is listening to them unfold. You may also want to look for the unabridged tape, as the narrator is Ian Carmichael who played Lord Peter Wimsey. He changes his voice for the different people and you can tell the difference. There is a statement that tells you when the tape side ends.
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