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This review is from: Whose Body? (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)Sayers deliberately lays the foundations for a series of books in two ways here. Firstly she creates Wimsey fully with both background and character that can be developed going forwards without having to resort to the subsequent invention of details that clash or jar with what we already think we know of the man.
Secondly, she cleverly doesn't start at the beginning. When we meet our hero he has already embarked succesfully on his 'hobby' of crime detection and has established his crucial personal and professional friendship with Charles Parker. This device ensures that, in terms of the narrative structure, the first book doesn't have to cover different territory from its succesors and that the template for the series is set straight away.
Sayers' writing may not reach the standards that it later does, but this is still an appropriate place to start. It also has merit as a standalone mystery. It's not so much of a who-done-it (if you can't spot the culprit early on you should give up reading detective novels), but more of a how-was-it-done.