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Whose Body?: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 1 (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) Paperback – 25 Aug 2016
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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 first book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer and reviewer Laura Wilson.See all Product description
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Hearing about a body appearing in a bath in an architect’s flat, so Wimsey goes to have a look, although the case is being handled by Inspector Sugg of the Yard. It is certainly something out of the ordinary, if you were to walk into your bathroom and find a corpse in your bath, wearing only pince-nez. But for Wimsey, he has other things on his mind, as his friend Inspector Parker is investigating the strange disappearance of a financier. Could both the cases be somehow connected?
I admit I have read the Wimsey books many times, and so I already knew who the killer is here before I even opened the book, but although it isn’t that hard to work out, the solution of what actually took place, and all the inns and outs do make for an interesting read.
If you have never read a Wimsey book before, then you should be in for a bit of a treat, and it is fun to see the way that our amateur detective treats and gets along with his valet, Bunter, who used to be his batman in the army. Considering the time this was written it is good that Sayers shows her main character suffering with shell shock, something that was still skirted around in polite society at the time.
This isn’t a particularly long book and is something that is great to relax with when you have some peace and quiet.
One small criticism. The little potted biography of Peter Wimsey that appears at the end of the book refers to almost the entire series and is, in places, a little bit of a 'spoiler.' If you plan to read more of them, I'd recommend avoiding it.
Lord Peter becomes politer in later books. He is horribly rude here to Inspector Sugg, and to Thipps' neighbours who have pretentions to gentility. He is unfailingly kind to Thipps, however, the discoverer of the body and a previous acquaintance.
Just one question. A naked corpse is found in Mr Thipps' bath, at the same time a well-known financier, Sir Reuben Levy, goes missing. One detail makes it impossible for the corpse to be Levy. Wouldn't the murderer have thought of that?
By the way, Lord Peter's "huntin', shootin, bally old whatsit" accent belongs to the aristocracy – it isn't an affectation.
If you find today's authors of detective novels too scary/vicious/psychological/or just plain nasty then why not wallow in a little gentlemanly detection.
Exceptionally clever, amusing and well written these will fill a lovely gap for reading.
Titled sleuth, time and money on his side sounds upsetting, but this man was buried alive in W W 1 is looked after by his old sergeant and suffers from nerves when he works out the murderer. Add a clever detective sidekick, a mother who any one would like to know and a glimpse of how the other half lives, what could be better.
I find Sayers makes it easier to make sense of clues so you can follow Whimsey's thoughts ..occasionally!
Easy to read, extremely hard to put down.
They are all good but there are favourites. You need to find your own, but Gaudy still holds a place in my heart. Will have to hunt out my bookcase and re-read them all now. Then onto Allingham's Campion books.