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on 14 December 2016
This is a slim volume, which includes some information on the character of Lord Peter Wimsey, as well as an essay on his creator, Dorothy L. Sayers, in order to pad out what are, essentially, just three stories featuring the gentleman detective. These include the title story and The Haunted Policeman, both of which were previously published in 1939, while the final story, “Talboys,” remained unpublished until this edition.
This year, I finally read all of the Wimsey novels and, although I have not yet read the Jill Paton Walsh ‘sequels.’ Therefore, it seemed essential to include this collection and, even though there are only three stories in this book, I thought they were very much worth reading.
The first, “Striding Folly,” revolves around a murder and a chess game, with Wimsey virtually just stepping in to solve the crime. However, the next two stories feature Lord Peter Wimsey very much as a main character and also as a family man. In “The Haunted Policeman,” he is restless after the birth of his first son and comes across a policeman in the square outside his house, with an odd story to tell. Obviously, fatherhood has not dented our heroes interest in such a tale and he solves the mystery.
“Talboys,” is the house where Peter and Harriet spend a honeymoon, blighted by murder in “Busman’s Honeymoon.” In this story, they now have three sons. Their heir, Bredon; plus two younger boys – Roger and Paul. Lord Peter’s sister in law has foisted the unpleasant Miss Quirk upon the family, as being in need of a country holiday, and her views on parenting and discipline are irritating everyone. When young Bredon is accused of a misdemeanour, we see Lord Peter get involved and we also see him acting as a father. I think this is the most enjoyable story in the collection. However, this book is expensive for, essentially, only three stories. You have to decide whether you feel it is worthwhile, but I am glad I read them and enjoyed all three.