Hangman's Holiday Paperback – 1 Jan 1962
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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.
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. This book of short stories is his ninth appearance and also introduces another detective, Montague Egg. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
"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"
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't know it was short stories. Only the first four were Wimsey. The rest featured Montagu Egg and others.Published 7 months ago by E. Lisle
Ingenious little tales. Not as involved as the usual stories from this author, but ideal holiday reading (with good grammar.)Published 10 months ago by Tiz Woz