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Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) (original 1923; edition 1995)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Title:Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Authors:Dorothy L. Sayers
Info:HarperTorch (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
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Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (1923)

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    casvelyn: Lord Peter Wimsey and Bertie Wooster are rather similar characters, and they both have loyal and competent valets. Peter, of course, solves mysteries, while Bertie is more of a comic figure.

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I read her Lord Peter Wimsey short stories and hated their snobbery, but I decided to give them one more go. I'm so glad I did! I got sucked in about a 100 pages in, and am now desperate for more. Sure, there are no women (though I hear there's a very nicely characterized one in a few books) at *all*, but LPW is feminine enough for me. He's a character in the Scarlet Pimpernel vein--an English aristocrat who uses his reputation as fop and dilettant to get involved in deadly games of cat and also cat. And yet, despite his excellent taste, his riches, his perfect pedigree and his clever brain, he has his moments of weakness. If not for those, his books would be unreadable. Thanks to them, I can enjoy a whole new series of murder mysteries.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This was a so-so murder mystery to be solved by Lord Peter Wimsey. The book was very juvenile. I found their speaking affectations contrived (reely). The ending was thrust upon the reader by means of a letter. I will not be reading any other books in this series. This was a free Kindle book and I see why! ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Feb 15, 2016 |
My first and still one of my favorite Lord Peter mysteries. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Lord Peter Wimsey loves solving crimes. When a dead body shows up in an acquaintance's bath tub, he jumps at the chance to try to solve the mystery. In the meantime, his friend and Scotland Yard detective, Mr. Parker, is investigating the disappearance of a local Jewish businessman. The two work together investigating the two mysteries. Lord Peter is a very fun character. He follows the trail and truly enjoys the investigation, but he also feels guilty about making a game about something as serious as murder and worries that his fun will ruin someone's life. Sayers often points out that some of the conventions of mystery novels are a bit contrived, but uses them anyway. After reading a full confession from the culprit at the end of the novel, a Parker and Lord Peter discuss how lucky they were that they were presented so thoroughly with all the answers. I will definitely continue the series. I like that Lord Peter seems to have some layers to his apparent carefree personality and I am curious to see how he is developed over time. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
A very good opening to the series, with a naked male body appearing in a respectable architect' bath, and a distinguished Jewish financier vanishing. As it turns out, they are not the same man, but there is a connection. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 2, 2016 |
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To M. J. Dear Jim: This book is your fault. If it had not been for your brutal insistence, Lord Peter would never have staggered through to the end of the enquiry. Pray consider that he thanks you with his accustomed suavity. Yours ever, D. L. S.
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'Oh damn!' said Lord Peter Wimsey at Piccadilly Circus.
"Look here, Peter," said the other [Parker] with some earnestness, "Suppose you get this playing-fields-of-Eton complex out of your system once and for all. There doesn't seem to be much doubt that something unpleasant has happened to Sir Reuben Levy. Call it murder, to strengthen the argument. If Sir Reuben has been murdered, is it a game? and is it fair to treat it as a game?"
"That is what I'm ashamed of, really," said Lord Peter. "It IS a game to me, to begin with, and I go on cheerfully, and then I suddenly see that somebody is going to be hurt, and I want to get out of it." (Chapter VII, Leipzig: The Albatross 1938, p. 176)
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Lord Peter's erster Fall: Der biedere Mr. Thipps, dem man sicher kein Unrecht tut, wenn man ihn einen Spießer nennt, überrascht eines unschönen Morgens in seiner Badewanne einen sehr toten und sehr unbekleideten Mann. Mr. Thipps beteuert, mit der Sache nicht das geringste zu tun zu haben. Doch hat man nicht schon oft in stillen Wassern Abgründiges entdeckt.

Cover description (1938): This is a Lord Peter Wimsey story. Need we say more? For Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the most attractive detectives of fiction. Nor is it necessary to say (since Dorothy L. Sayers is the author) that while you will enjoy this book as a detective story, you will enjoy it equally for its delightful touches of humour, its clever characterization and attractive style.
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The stark naked body was lying in the tub.Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially witha pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.

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Lord Peter Wimsey encounters his first murder case when the body of a prominent financier is discovered in a bathtub, and Wimsey finds clues in the body's post-murder facial shave and a pair of gold pince-nez.

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