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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mixed bag but one Sayers fans will enjoy, 19 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: In the Teeth of the Evidence (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
A collection of 17 short stories, Wimsey fans will be disappointed that he only appears in the first two. `Absolutely Elsewhere' riffs on the notion of an unshakeable alibi, although keen readers of Sayers's work will get the twist early on. The same is true of the titular opening story, although there is more fun here in watching Wimsey get to the truth.

Montague Egg features in 5 of the stories. Although these are more mannered and Egg's continued citation of rhyming couplets from The Salesman's Handbook to explain how he discovers the truth can become irritating, the stories here are probably the most satisfying - especially `Bitter Almonds', which is a neat twist on poisoning and `The Professor's Manuscript', which keeps you guessing until the end. Other Egg stories include `A Shot At Goal', `Dirt Cheap', and `False Weight'.

The rest of the stories are more of a mixed bag. Some, like `The Milk Bottles' and `Nebuchadnezzar' and `Suspicion' suffer through their age, but the supernatural elements of `The Cyprian Cat' is surprisingly effective and `The Inspiration of Mr Budd' will have you sympathising with the protagonist's dilemma.

All in all, it's a fun read with something for everyone and definitely one for the list if you're already a Sayers fan.
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