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Lord Peter views the Body (Penguin Books. no. 1779.) Unknown Binding – 1962

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Product details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin (1962)
  • ASIN: B0017WULLS
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,976,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2014
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Although I am not really a fan of short stories - much preferring novels - I wanted to re-read the Lord Peter Wimsey books and realised that I had never read this collection. The book consists of the following stories:

The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question
The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will
The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag
The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker
The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention
The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran
The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste
The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head
The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach
The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face
The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba

These stories have everything a fan of Golden Age Detective Fiction could want - missing wills, organised crime gangs, jewel thieves, bizarre crimes and, often, more bizarre solutions. These are lots of fun, wonderfully written puzzles, and you feel that no criminal could remain unmasked with Lord Peter Wimsey on the case!
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Format: Paperback
"Lord Peter Views the Body" Is part of the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Series. There are twelve mysteries. I will not pull them apart as the fun is watching them unfold.
"The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers"
"The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question"
"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Mileage's Will"
"The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag"
"The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker"
"The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention"
"The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran"
"The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste"
"The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head"
"The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach"
"The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face"
"The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba"

With the novels containing Harriet Vane [Strong Poison], the emphasis is on English life with a mystery added. This book is a series of mysteries with a little 20's and 30's England added. It may be my perception but the mysteries get better and more intriguing as the next one appears. Then it is over.

Next book is "The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals."
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Format: Audio Cassette
The otherwise excellent 'unabridged' audio edition (read by Ian Carmichael, who portrayed Lord Peter in most of the adaptations of Sayers' novels) actually omitted 3 of these 12 stories, although the rest were indeed unabridged.
The complete set of short stories can only be found in the _Lord Peter_ collection; apart from that, this volume is the largest single batch. They don't overlap with _Hangman's Holiday_ or _In the Teeth of the Evidence_, which contain both Wimsey and non-Wimsey stories.
"The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers" - Varden, an American actor and a guest of one of Lord Peter's friends at the Egotists' Club, tells a story of an encounter with a mysterious stranger years before. A good story; Sayers' rare American characters are much better than, e.g. Christie's, although Varden does slip occasionally into British colloquialisms.
"The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question" - Omitted from the 'unabridged' audio edition, Heaven only knows why. The affair of the Attenbury diamonds, so often mentioned elsewhere as the beginning of Lord Peter's career in detection. A word of warning - Sayers never provided English translations of French dialogue unless forced to do so by her publishers, so part of one scene may be incomprehensible to the reader.
"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will" - "A woman who pretends to be serious is wasting her time and spoiling her appearance. I consider that you have wasted your time to a really shocking extent. Accordingly, I intend to conceal this will, and that in such a manner that you will certainly never find it unless by the exercise of a sustained frivolity.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2016
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This is a delightful collection of short stories - all featuring Lord Peter Wimsey detecting crimes in his own inimitable fashion. Some are just gruesome - 'The Man with the Copper Fingers' for example and one at least contains no murder and not even a crime - just an attempted one - 'The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach.' I must admit the latter has always been a particular favourite of mine as it contrives to make a hugely entertaining story out of an attempted crime.

All these stories are well written and well plotted and even amusing at times. I also liked 'The Article in Question' in which Lord Peter happens to be in the right place at the right time to spot the development of a crime and in the end to foil its perpetrators.

All of the stories in this collection are worth reading and some will stay with you long after you have finished the book. They are excellent examples of crime and mystery stories at their best.
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