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Hangman's Holiday: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 9 (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) Paperback – 22 Sep 2016
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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail. She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller.
The ninth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer David Mark.See all Product description
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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.
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.
Whodunits with a touch of humour are my favourite genre of murder mysteries.
It is no wonder these books have remained classics for so long.