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on 11 February 2014
This may be, as another reviewer has said, an 'apprentice piece' but it's still a better book than some crime writers ever achieve. It's true that Lord Peter comes across as a little bit of a caricature compared with later works, but it was necessary to establish, in quite a short novel, at least the basics of his character and background, plus craft a decent mystery. Not an easy task. One might have hoped for a bit more suspense, but the detectin' is all there, and is satisfyingly plausible. As for the lack of the abstruse classical references that pepper her later work -- maybe that is not such a grievous loss! If I'd come to 'Whose Body' first instead of reading Sayers' entire crime oeuvre before trying it, I'm sure I should certainly have wanted to read more. In fact, I rather regret that it wasn't my introduction to this thoroughly engaging sleuth.

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.
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on 19 June 2017
The cover bore an ISBN and from the outside it looked like a 'normal' book but inside it contained no publishing history or information about the author or her previous works as one might normally expect. It also became clear that the book had not been conventionally printed but perhaps instead the work of an amateur WP typist or error-prone digitizing software for the text contains multiple misplaced 'carriage returns' making it far from a smooth read. It also contains no page numbers. As for the book itself, I can't really say for, following the reasons just given, I was never sure what I was actually reading. However, even if it is all as originally written, I doubt that I personally will ever return to the genre of amateur sleuths for I found it all rather 'silly'.
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on 7 February 2017
perhaps not quite as good as "Nine Tailors" but very good all the same. The story slightly strains credulity, but is very clever
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on 21 September 2016
Have read Wimsey before, it's still as good as the first time. Excellent first novel, everyone ought to read all of Miss Sayers books
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on 3 November 2016
My first Lord Peter Wimsey. Very enjoyable in style and humour . Plotting not quite as good as Dame Agatha but I will read more.
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on 18 February 2017
A Dorothy L Sayers master piece!!
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on 26 December 2016
Not the best of the Lord Peter Stories, but this is an excellent dramatisation.
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on 27 October 2016
Soooooooooooo exciting. I loved it.
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on 9 March 2017
Her first, not her best, but still a good read.
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on 21 June 2017
Good story, spoilt somewhat by sometimes bizarre type setting.
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