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Striding Folly

Three Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 15
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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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<br /><br />

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

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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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Murder Mot Included

Like “Busman’s Honeymoon,” a review I missed by pushing the wrong button, this trio is for Dorothy L. Sayers fans and Wimsey fans only. You need to be engaged with the characters already to care much about the stories. For those of us who are, these are a nice bit of fun or comforting bedtime listening on a lonely business trip. I never liked Ian Carmichael much as Wimsey. He brought all of the bluff and bluster and none of the underlying tragedy and sorrow. (See Edward Petherbridge.) I hope that increases the value of my humble opinion that, good Heavens, Ian Carmichael can read the books better than anyone I ever heard. Every class, every gender, every age. Sometimes I even thought I was hearing Petherbridge as the Wimsey character. Also enjoyed “Clouds of Witness” and “The Nine Tailors.” Carmichael puts you in the books.

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Delightful!

I didn't know what to expect based on the description of this offering of three short Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but as a recent fan of the series I had to give it a try. I've been reading them, listening to the audiobooks and watching the video versions with both Ian Carmichael and Edward Petheridge. I'm addicted and was glad to find more in any format. These are, for me, better than I hoped. I do not recommend them until you've been introduced to Lord Peter and his more traditional mysteries so you can appreciate his ability of detection as well as his personal life adversities. Dorothy L. Sayers created a complete character with supporting characters to match. But, if you have enjoyed his other adventures, do not deny yourself these three tales. I was mystified, puzzled and delighted to the point of laughing out loud. Wonderful!

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Great Peter Wimsey short stories

Dorothy L. Sayers' Peter Wimsey have been been on my favorites list for a long time. It is lovely to have found this little set of short stores, and they are as engaging as the full ones.

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Quick Fun Read

This book had a lot of humor in it but not much mystery. It was good for a quick listen.

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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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Bah..!!...Disappointed

Disappointed from start to finish.
Lightweight, yawn worthy ,..tepid at best..no more Lord Peter for me.