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Hangman's Holiday (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (edition 1974)

by Dorothy L Sayers

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Title:Hangman's Holiday (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery)
Authors:Dorothy L Sayers
Info:New English Library (1974), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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Hangman’s Holiday by Dorothy Sayers is a book of short stories in which both Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg make their appearance. Lord Peter needed no introduction as he has been a favorite of mine for some time, his quick wit and keen eye have aided the police in their investigations many times. While the newly introduced and wonderfully named Montague Egg is a free-spirited, travelling wine salesman with the unfortunate habit of stumbling over murder scenes.

The stories are all appropriately puzzling with four featuring Lord Peter, six with Montague Egg and two stand-alone mysteries. While I am not usually a huge fan of short stories these were enjoyable due to the author’s clever plots and use of witty dialogue. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 7, 2017 |
S A series of short stories, featuring Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg. The Wimsey stories are good enough. Some of them you can see where it is going - the mirror twin, for example, I was waiting for the twin to appear as soon as the chap said his heart was on the wrong side - I was at school with a set of mirror twins.
Mr Egg I found slight more annoying. his little mottoes were a bit trite, although his mysteries were engaging enough.
A completist, rather than an introductory book, I think.

Re-red. A quick re-read after deciding to do a complete series re-read. It grew on me this time around. The final two stories are standalones, and the last one particularly, has a twist in the tail. ( )
  Helenliz | Jan 28, 2017 |
A quick, satisfying read, from the time when all novelists also wrote stories. A few star Wimsey, a couple star Montague Egg, commercial traveler, and a few stand alone, including one of the best. Just the thing for those who aren't sure if they'll enjoy Sayers, or for readers who need a brief diversion.

Personal copy. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
A collection of detective stories, not all of which relate to Wimsey. A quick read. There are some introspective moments, but they never weigh down the pared-down plots. I think my favorite was “The Poisoned Dow ’08,” the first Montague Egg mystery and one that showcases Sayer’s skill with class and manners. Several of the stories have a particularly gothic and grim feel, which I admit I did not appreciate, particularly “The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey” ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A collection of short stories about Lord Peter, Monty Egg et al. Readable (3-stars) but a bit insubstantial. ( )
  abbottthomas | Jan 3, 2016 |
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The little man with the cow-lick seemed so absorbed in the book that Wimsey had not the heart to claim his property, but, drawing up the other arm-chair and placing his drink within easy reach, did his best to entertain himself with the Dunlop Book, which graced, as usual, one of the tables in the lounge.
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Hangman's Holiday is a collection of twelve detective stories: the first four feature Lord Peter Wimsey and next six feature Montague Egg.



  • The Image in the Mirror

  • The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey

  • The Queen's Square

  • The Necklace of Pearls

  • The Poisoned Dow '08

  • Sleuths on the Scent

  • Murder in the Morning

  • One Too Many

  • Murder at Pentecost

  • Maher-shalal-hashbaz

  • The Man Who Knew How

  • The Fountain Plays
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0450019608, Paperback)

Poisoned port ...pet cats in peril ...purloined pearls ...Lord Peter Wimsey solves the mysteries of the man who was blown into the fourth dimension and the murder in fancy dress. He pursues miscreants across several countries and into unexpected hiding places. Dorothy L. Sayers' other detective, Montague Egg, encounters a fugitive murderer and uncovers a killer in an Oxford cloister. The travelling salesman extraordinaire solves puzzles with a unique combination of matter-of-fact practicality and brilliant deduction. '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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In this collection of 12 ingenious and baffling tales, the author demonstrates her mastery of the short, sharp mystery story. Lord Peter Wimsey appears in several of the stories, as does Montague Egg, the travelling salesman extraordinaire.

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