The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. He made his fifth appearance in this brilliant collection of ingenious short stories.
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.
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"Narration spoils a good set of short stories"
It's a real pity, but despite Jane McDowell's beautiful speaking voice, her really strange emphasis on words rather spoils the reading of this book. I'm hoping it doesn't persist in the longer books because I see they are all read by her. She sometimes gets the emphasis and intonation spot on, but far too often (about half the time) she shortens words that should be elongated, puts an odd emphasis on the wrong word in the sentence, pronounces names such as "Hartman" as two words ("hart" then "man"), or cuts short a word part way through a sentence, so that as a listener you are brought out of the story. This even happens when the narrative actually tells you how the sentence should be read! Really disappointing, particularly given the price.
"Getting used to the narrator, seems to improve"
This is the fourth or fifth Lord Peter Wimsey / Sayers book I've listened to. I use them chiefly to relax in evenings and try to get off to sleep, they are just interesting enough for me to stop thinking about other things, but not so riveting that I don't get off to sleep. Having looked at reviewers complaints about the narration, I nearly did not try this series, but as I like Sayer's writing so much, I took the plunge. The narrator seems to gradually be getting better. Admittedly it would maybe have been better if the books had been read by a man, and I prefer for example, the narrator of Kerry Greenwood's series Phryne Fisher mysteries (Stephanie Daniel, if only she wouldn't occassionally try to sing) These books are much better. However I am working my way through both authors catalogues on MP3, and enjoying them. The great thing about Audible is if you really can't stand a narrator's voice or style, you can request to cancel the purchase, and use your credit on another book.
"Spoilt by the narration"
I'm sorry to have to be so harsh but I keep having another go at this book and find that the narration absolutely kills the stories.
"Very odd collection"
Working papers? I recognise elements used in the longer books. It in no way fills a gap in the series but works out a lot of disjointed styles and storylines. I think I wasted a credit
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