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Hangman's Holiday: A Collection of Short Mysteries Paperback – 30 Sep 1993

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; Reprint edition (30 Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060923962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060923969
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,888,254 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

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

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The ninth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer David Mark. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Bernie VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: 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 the stories apart as the fun is letting them unfold. If you like other Sayers' writings you will like this collection of short stories.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2013
Format: 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 the stories apart as the fun is letting them unfold. If you like other Sayers' writings you will like this collection of short stories.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I rarely read short stories, but I greatly enjoyed this collection by Dorothy L.Sayers, which includes four Lord Peter Wimsey stories, six featuring travelling salesman Montague Egg (I do wish he had merited his own novel) and two stand alone stories.

I read this as part of my attempt to, finally, read all of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels/stories. However, I have to say that my very favourites in this collection were the two final stories in this book; the stand alone stories, “The Man Who Knew How,” and “The Fountain Plays.” Of the Lord Peter stories, “The Queen’s Square,” concerning a murder at a ball had a lot of good Wimsey banter, while “The Necklace of Pearls,” had a Christmas house party setting.

Montague Egg is a fun character, who appeared in eleven short stories – six appear in this volume, while five appear, “In the Teeth of the Evidence.” With his maxim’s from the, “Salesman’s Handbook,” and his intelligent mind, he is a really great amateur detective and interesting character. I look forward to meeting him again in, “In the Teeth of the Evidence,” and recommend this collection of stories.
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Format: 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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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a collection of short stories - some featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, some featuring clever salesman Montague Egg and two crime short stories which don't feature either character. I particularly liked 'The Necklace of Pearls' in which Lord Peter uses his powers of observation to find a missing necklace and 'The Queen's Square' which also features events at a party.

Montague Egg, with his rhyming couplets, sunny temperament and excellent powers of observation, is a marvellous character. I always wish when I read stories about him that Dorothy L Sayers had given him a book to himself. I loved the way he helps a girl rescue her cat in 'Mahar-shalal-hashbaz' and the ingenious murder in the same story.

The last two stories in the collection are ingenious and I particularly enjoyed the neat twist in 'The Man Who Knew How'. This is an excellent and varied collection of crime short stories and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys short stories as well as fans of DLS.
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