Dorothy L. Sayers
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Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916.

Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time.

In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus.

She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).

Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957.

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    • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 1

    • Three classic full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these definitive BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L. Sayers' best-selling novels....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great to have the LPW stories on Audible.

    • By Beau-Geste Washington on 09-26-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2

    • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the radio dramatisations of: Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Story & Voice Actors - Horrifying Music

    • By Gen on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $23.44

    • Unnatural Death

    • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 536

    The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael

    • By Alicia Czechowski on 10-25-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Clouds of Witness

    • The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    In a shocking scandal, the likes of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the 18th century, the Duke of Denver stands accused of the foul murder or his sister's fiancé....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ian Carmichael is the quintessential Wimsey.

    • By Gabriela on 04-22-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Striding Folly

    • Three Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Three perplexing puzzles - and three inimitable Wimsey solutions - told with wit, humor, and suspense....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lord Peter as a Father

    • By Jerri C on 01-08-18

    Regular price: $13.26

    • Whose Body?

    • The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 254

    Enter the 1920s Golden Age of Detection with this first novel from Dorothy L. Sayers, featuring the debut of a dashing gentleman detective, Lord Peter Wimsey....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thrilled to see Sayers appearing at Audible USA!!!

    • By Meep on 12-18-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Strong Poison

    • A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At Last

    • By Jerri C on 08-08-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Floating Admiral

    • By: Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L. Sayers - introduction, and others
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the Detection Club collaborate in this fiendishly clever novel first published 80 years ago....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great concept. great puzzle mystery

    • By Mariana on 07-27-17

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Whose Body?

    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 175

    Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a corpse in a bathtub....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Five stars, and yet. . .

    • By Roxane on 06-17-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dramatized)

    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones, Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Cozy Mystery

    • By jayneen duffy on 03-11-16

    Regular price: $15.49

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