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. This book of short stories is his ninth appearance and introduces another detective, Montague Egg.
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.
Performance fantastic as always. Buyer beware: this collection of short stories contain only two featuring Lord Peter, and these showcase the most omniscient and unrealistic facets of the character. Good for completists, newbies to the author should look to other works.
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I am a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers, and always enjoy her writing. However, these stories are not all Lord Peter Wimsey stories, as I assumed from the title. The reader is a woman and her voice fails to convey who is speaking. It is hard to hear the difference between what Lord Peter or Montague Egg is saying and the other characters. Each sentence has the same inflection and spoils this collection of stories because I am constantly wondering which character is saying what. It is rather disconcerting to hear the male characters (with hardly any female characters as well) with a decidedly feminine voice.