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Lord Peter Views the Body (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (edition 1982)

by Dorothy L Sayers

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Title:Lord Peter Views the Body (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery)
Authors:Dorothy L Sayers
Info:New English Library (1982), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 352 pages
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Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers

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I found the stories to be hit and miss and parts of this book were a bit of a slog to get through.
It is my first time reading any of Sayers novels, and I was a little disappointed. I hope that her other full length stories are better. ( )
  TineSidhe | Aug 23, 2017 |
I can't believe I've not read this before, but bits of it were completely unfamiliar, so maybe this is a first time. A series of short stories, in each of which Peter Wimsey solves a different problem - not all of them being crimes, as such. Some of them fit neatly in the short story format, others you sense that an idea is being tried out; at least one had a very familiar turn about it. Some were, frankly, a bit grim; the silver sofa, for example, put the wind up me. A varied and interesting selection. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 8, 2017 |
This is one of my absolute all time favorite mysteries, even my all time favorite books. A few of the stories are on the grim side, notably the Cat in the Bag, the Footsteps that Ran, and the Man with No Face, but many have no violence at al, and some are wildly funny. My supreme favorite is The Bone of Contention, not just for its ingenious plot, but also for Peter Wimsey's admirably fair-minded approach to the supernatural, refusing to rule it out a priori, yet still eliminating it as an explanation on good evidential grounds. The Stolen Stomach and Uncle Meleager's Will are also very good fun; all three stories are based on odd wills. as is the Dragon's Head, with a nice icunabular touch. The Article in Question is funny and even slightly risqué as befits a tale starting in France; the Matter of Taste is also French, but a remarkable contest in wine tasting with what is (at first reading) a clever twist ending. The Cave of Ali Baba is more a "thriller' than a mystery in the straight sense, but I always enjoyed it, especially for the villain and his faithful lady friend. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 20, 2015 |
This book contains twelve short stories starring Lord Peter Wimsey, the debonair aristocratic mastermind who likes to amuse himself by solving strange cases. For those who have read and enjoyed other books in this series, I can guarantee this collection of stories delivers more adventures in the witty and original DLS style. Most of the adventures are truly bizarre in character and compulsively readable. I was going to take my time reading this one, bit by bit, but ending up devouring the book in no time flat. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure of discovering this author or this particular series, this is as good a place as any to start for a taste of what her full-length novels are like. The titles of the stories make for good reading in themselves:

The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers

The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question

The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will

The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag

The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker

The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention

The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran

The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste

The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head

The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach

The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face

The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba ( )
  Smiler69 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Arthur Conan Doyle invented the device of the short story with recurring characters Holmes, Watson, Lestrade and so forth and he did it very well. Sayers also does it well with her already established characters Lord Peter, Bunter, and Parker. The last story, in which Lord Peter goes undercover for two years to expose an organized crime syndicate is utterly ridiculous, but it is possible that Sayers knew that when she wrote it and did it for kicks. Other stories, like the one about the stomach, are entertaining for their Scottishness. Her description of the motorcycles on the Old North Road is exhilarating and segues nicely into the revelation of the crime. In general, she sets the scene for each adventure or mystery richly, and finishes each story briskly and cleverly.

Generally speaking, the solutions are obvious to the reader before they are revealed; sometimes there is no mystery at all. This affects my enjoyment of them not at all. ( )
  themulhern | Aug 11, 2013 |
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Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Egotists' Club is one of the most genial places in London.
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I have always held that woman is a frivolous animal. A woman who pretends to be serious is wasting her time and spoiling her appearance. I consider that you have wasted your time to a really shocking extent. ("The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will")
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Lord Peter Views the Body contains twelve short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey as detective:

  • The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers

  • The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question

  • The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will

  • The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag

  • The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker

  • The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention

  • The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran

  • The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste

  • The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head

  • The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach

  • The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face

  • The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba

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One solution requires expertise in fine wines; another calls on his knowledge of fine art. Lord Peter has the knack of being on the spot at just the right time to spot a thief or blackmail a blackmailer. Or even prevent a murder ...Whatever the occasion, the aristocratic detective uses his razor-sharp mind and unerring instincts to unmask the guilty and go to the aid of their victims. '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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Nine mystery stories in which the aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey tackles seemingly insoluble crimes.

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