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Striding Folly: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 15 (Lord Peter Wimsey Series) by [Sayers, Dorothy L]
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Book 15 of 15 in Lord Peter Wimsey Series (15 Book Series)
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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. (P.D. James)

Sayers is one of the best detective story writers. (E. C. Bentley Daily Telegraph)

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)

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The classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Impression edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY92A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
A collection of the three final Peter Wimsey tales, 'Striding Folly' contains the title story, a work which revolves around a curious death during a game of chess, seemingly foretold in a dream, and 'The Haunted Policeman', which takes place on the eve of the birth of Peter and Harriet's first child, and revolves around a policeman accused of drunkeness by his Sergeant, despite the fact that he was completely sober. The final tale, 'Talboys', is a lightly amusing and whimsical account of a mysterious theft of peaches belonging to Mr Puffett (whom we have previously seen clearing a chimney, and in other capacities, in 'Busman's Honeymoon'), in which we have a brief meeting with the Wimseys en famille, now with three sons, Bredon, Roger, and Paul. Bunter and a snake called Cuthbert also appear to round out this delightful tale, the last of the Wimsey canon (bar 'Thrones, Dominations', should you wish to count it). Personally, I find 'Talboys' to be one of the most deft pieces of humour that I have ever had the pleasure to read, although it may not appeal to those who are devoted to stories of pure detection.
Prefaced by an essay by Janet Hitchman, 'Lord Peter Wimsey and His Creator', this volume may not be the ideal introduction to Wimsey - for that, it would be best to begin at the proverbial beginning, with 'Whose Body?'. However, for the initiated, it is indispensible, and wins five stars on the individual strengths of each story alone.
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Format: Paperback
Dorothy L Sayers full length mystery novels are very good - beautifully written and strong on character, detail, humour and with ingenious plots. Her short stories are however disappointing, and this collection of three particularly so. Each of them is slight, with the middle one, The Haunted Policeman, being the best of a poor bunch. The attempt at a different style in first story is misguided, and the final story is almost non-existent, centring on life in the Wimsey household. If readers are wanting to try her short stories, the collection of ten in Lord Peter Views The Body is much stronger, though variable. In this, written at the beginning of her career, there is the sense that she is feeling her way into the genre; the mysteries are too weak to sustain a full novel, but some stories have interesting twists. In Striding Folly, the sense is much more of her running out of ideas or perhaps energy. One cautionary note for readers: the introduction gives away the plot of some Sayers other novels. For those interested in trying Sayers' work for the first time, I strongly recommend choosing a full length novel - Have His Carcass, Murder Must Advertise and Gaudy Night are all excellent.
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Format: Audio CD
This CD contains three short stories.
The first one (Striding Folly) is about an unusual chessplayer and his almost supernatural death. Slightly creepy - I recommend you listen to this in a stormy night, preferably at candlelight. It would also make a good halloween story.

Story #2 (The Haunted Policeman) is about a murder that never happened in a house that never existed - or does it? The only eye witness is puzzled (as is the listener). The solution of this mystery is unexpected, to put it mildly.

The last story (Talboys) is my favourite as it gives us a little insight in the Wimsey's family life. We meet again with Mr Puffett (the chimney sweeper from "Busman's Honeymoon") who finds all his peaches gone, only one day before the annual peach competition. His Lordship solves the case and - with the help of his oldest son Bredon, assisted by Cuthbert the snake - manages to teach a highly annoying guest a lesson.
In this story we learn about a very different side of Lord Peter Wimsey: he appears to have completely recovered from shellshock, is relaxed, humorous and even a little mischieveous.

Presumably, these three stories were just a little experiment by Mrs Sayers, but in my opinion a very successful one. Hardcore Sayers fans will propably frown at her breach of style and pattern but for everyone who is curious about Mrs Sayers' literary bandwith this collection will be a little gem.

As usual, Ian Carmichael reads simply perfect. In his voice, the characters truely come to life.
His clear pronounciation makes this audiobook a lovely gift not only for "native speakers" but also for foreigners like myself.
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Beautifully written as ever but this book is 3 (very) short stories, the book is only 176 pages which includes the usual introduction, a biographical piece on the author and the account of Wimsey by his uncle at the end which has been included in several of the other books so very little actual Wimsey storyline. All in all a good read for an afternoon off but not fabulous value at £5.99, that said the Sayers brief biography was interesting.
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Format: Paperback
I give way to no-one in my admiration of DLS. But this book is a cynical rip-off by the publishers, New English Library. It's a slim book - 176 pages; of those, 50 are given over to prelims, an Introduction, and an introductory essay. Setting aside blank pages, section titles, and some very ordinary and unhelpful illustrations, which one suspects have been stuffed in simply to pad the book out, there are just 91 pages of text in this book.

Let me repeat that - there are 9i pages of actual Sayers in this book. For this, NEL have the gall to charge £6.99.

Buy this book second-hand.
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