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Three perplexing puzzles - and three inimitable Wimsey solutions - told with wit, humor, and suspense. Narrator Ian Carmichael, the quintessential Lord Peter, provides great entertainment with his talented performance of these three stories.

In "Striding Folly", a frightening dream provides a haunting premonition. A house numbered 13 is in a street of even numbers, and a dead man was never alive in "The Haunted Policeman." And "Talboys" sees Lord Peter's own children accused of theft.

©1972 Dorothy L. Sayers (P)1999, 2002 AudioGO

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Lord Peter as a Father

This is a collection of three short mystery stories about Lord Peter Wimsey, the last works about him, completely written by Sayers to be published. (Not counting the continuations by another author.)

The title short story in this collection, Striding Folly, is my least favorite. I find it confusing and not very appealing. However, I love the other two. They tell the reader/listener what happens after Lord Peter's marriage and honeymoon, with Harriet Vane.

The Haunted Policeman tells the story of the birth of their first child, complete with a mystery for Peter to solve.

Talboys is set some years later, and has the family staying at Talboys, a modest country house. The mystery, concerning some stolen peaches, is minor, but the interplay of the Wimsey family with their neighbors and a guest who doesn't fit in is priceless.

Highly recommended as a whole, and Ian Carmichael does a fine job of reading the tales. Now, if Audible could get the rest of the Lord Peter works, unabridged! Please!

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What a find!

Many thanks to the listener who wrote such a positive review about this little gem! I might never have decided to listen to it otherwise.

I love Dorothy Sayers, and didn’t even know these little short mysteries existed. Hearing them read by Ian Carmichael (who plays Lord Peter Wimsey in several tv presentations) was a double treat.

Here are three fairly short stories, that illustrate Sayers’ talents yet again. The first concerns a frame-up for murder—with the clues outlined in a man’s dream. The other two feature Wimsey’s son. One (which begins at the child’s birth) left Wimsey sounding a bit cavalier about it, but, as with all books written almost a century ago, one has to be tolerant of mindsets that prevailed at the time.

In any event, it was such gift to discover this. Dorothy Sayers had such an interesting career, as she combined being a scholar in a very serious way with crime writing on the side. I love her work, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!

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Brilliant and witty

Few authors can entertain us both in our youth and our later years. FABULOUS.
ENJOY

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ian Carmichael was a charming Peter Wimsey

...long ago in the BBC productions of several Sayers novels. He brings all that charm and sense of character to this reading. Delightful...and rare! These stories are not so easy to find!

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Delightful!!

I felt like I was catching up with old friends.
It was wonderful to see how Harriet maintains her literary life while watching over a brood of children.
Lord Peter glows as a father and lives an enchanted existence through and with his eldest son.
Bunter though in a much diminished capacity is still available for carrying out services that are so not ordinary.
Missed Lord Peter's mother. I love that character.

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Settled Pleasure

I may enjoy Dorothy Sayers’ short stories even more than her novels. You get Lord Peter’s trademark wit, acumen and literary allusions, plus an unexpected resolution, all in less than an hour.

In this case, you also get Ian Carmichael, the man whom, for those of us who grew up watching Masterpiece Theater, simply is Lord Peter Wimsey.

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The endings have the flavor of Alfred Hitchcock.

Loved the stories. Had to wait a second at the end of each to determine whether the story had ended. Great fun.

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my favorite Dorothy L Sayers book

i love this glimpse of several phases of Peter's life, and I love the mysteries in each.

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Total enjoyment

I especially enjoyed the last short story as I’ve read the previous wimsey books so I know their back story

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fun & short Lord PW

I appreciate all of this author's work and this 3-story listen is no exception. And the last story is my favorite. such a clever author with perfect narration.