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In the Teeth of the Evidence
on 16 November 2016
This collection of short stories includes two Lord Peter Wimsey Stories (“In the Teeth of the Evidence,” and “Absolutely Elsewhere”), five Montague Egg stories (“A Shot at Goal,” “Dirt Cheap,” “Bitter Almonds,” “False Weight,” and “The Professor’s Manuscript”). There are also several stories which feature neither of Dorothy L. Sayers main characters – “The Milk Bottles,” “Dilemma,” “An Arrow O’er the House,” “Scrawns,” “Nebuchadnezzar,” “The Inspiration of Mr Budd,” “Blood Sacrifice,” “Suspicion,” “The Leopard Lady,” and “The Cyprian Cat.”
I am not a great fan of short stories, but am reading all of the Wimsey books in order and so, as this contained stories featuring him, it was on my list. I have to say that I am very fond of travelling salesman, Montague Egg, as well and so all of those stories were of interest to me. I also enjoyed the non character stories and my favourites included, “The Milk Bottles,” about a young couple who have been seen arguing and, after the husband leaves after a row, the milk bottles remain on the step; causing concern about whether a crime has been committed. I also enjoyed, “The Inspiration of Mr Budd,” about a hairdresser spying a wanted man and, “The Leopard Lady,” about a sinister, ‘removal company.’ A good collection of stories, with a good mix of characters.