Lord Peter Wimsey

24 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485 ratings

Whose Body? Publisher's Summary

It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.

Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to be. His problem was to find out whose body had found its way into Mr Alfred Thipps' Battersea bathroom.

©1923 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming  (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • Whose Body?

    • Lord Peter Wimsey: Book 1
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to be. His problem was to find out whose body had found its way into Mr Alfred Thipps' Battersea bathroom.

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    • 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, one of the great characters of mystery fiction - Lord Peter Wimsey. An unidentified corpse is found in a bathtub, and the police are jumping to conclusions about its identity and that of the murderer. Lord Peter Wimsey steps in and, with the help of his friend, Inspector Parker; and his manservant, Bunter, solves the mystery.

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

    • By Meep on 12-18-15

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    • 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 173
    • 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. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

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

    • By Roxane on 06-17-10

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    • Whose Body?

    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Roe Kendall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 108

    Meet Lord Peter Wimsey, stylish, eccentric, seeming a fool, but in fact one of the great English detectives. The discovery of a body in a bathtub wearing only a pair of spectacles launches a motley set of sleuths and suspects toward a ghastly conclusion.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story; not so great narrator

    • By Sarah on 09-08-09

    Regular price: $19.59

  • Book 2

    • Clouds of Witness

    • Lord Peter Wimsey Book 2
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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. His second appearance is a thrilling quest to save his own brother - the Duke of Denver - from the hangman. The Duke of Denver, accused of murder, stands trial for his life in the House of Lords. Naturally, his brother Lord Peter Wimsey is investigating the crime - this is a family affair.

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    • 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, shot through the heart on a cold, lonely night at Riddlesdale Hall in Yorkshire. The duke's brother, Lord Peter Wimsey, attempts to prove Denver's innocence, but why is the duke refusing to cooperate? And what does his sister, Lady Mary, know about the affair? Trying to reveal the truth, Wimsey uncovers a web of lies and deceit.

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

    • By Gabriela on 04-22-17

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  • Book 3

    • Unnatural Death

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 3
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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. His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. 'No sign of foul play,' says Dr Carr after the post-mortem on Agatha Dawson. The case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied . . .With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation.

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    • 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 and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

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

    • By Alicia Czechowski on 10-25-12

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    • Lord Peter Views the Body

    • Lord Peter Wimsey Book 4
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories but am unused to the narrator

    • By Grace K on 01-22-17

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  • Book 5

    • 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. Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. Sayers' charming investigator in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The dignified calm of the Bellona Club is shattered when Lord Wimsey finds General Fentiman dead in his favourite chair. A straighforward death by natural causes? Perhaps... but why can no one remember seeing the general the day he died?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Cozy Mystery

    • By jayneen duffy on 03-11-16

    Regular price: $15.49

    • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 5
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Lord Peter Wimsey bent down over General Fentiman and drew the Morning Post gently away from the gnarled old hands. Then, with a quick jerk, he lifted the quiet figure. It came up all of a piece, stiff as a wooden doll...But how did the general die? Who was the mysterious Mr X who fled when he was wanted for questioning? And which of the general's heirs, both members of the Bellona Club, is lying? 'I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail' Ruth Rendell

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  • Book 6

    • Strong Poison

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 6
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Can Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder - or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows? Impossible, it seems. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the right person is on trial. The judge's summing-up is also clear. Harriet Vane is guilty of the killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang. But the jury disagrees.

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    • 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, so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At Last

    • By Jerri C on 08-08-15

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  • Book 7

    • Five Red Herrings

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 7
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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. His eighth appearance takes him to an artists' colony (based on a real one) in Scotland during the 1920s. Lord Peter Wimsey could imagine the artist stepping back, the stagger, the fall down to where the pointed rocks grinned like teeth.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Intolerable phoney Scots accents

    • By VC Walker on 01-20-18

    Regular price: $25.81

  • Book 8

    • Have His Carcase

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 8
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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. In his eighth appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane), he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George. A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great Sayers-Wimsey combination

    • By GeoMat on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 9

    • Hangman's Holiday

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 9
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

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  • Book 10

    • Murder Must Advertise

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 10
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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. In his tenth appearance, he takes a job as an advertising copywriter to expose a ruthless killer. Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By S Nicholson on 12-30-17

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Murder Must Advertise (Dramatized)

    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, everyone assumes it was an unfortunate accident. His replacement doesn't think so and begins asking a lot of questions. The new man is something of a mystery to his colleagues, and he certainly dresses well considering his meagre writer's salary.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridging books is like amputation.

    • By Ellenaeddy on 05-15-12

    Regular price: $15.49

  • Book 11

    • The Nine Tailors

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 11
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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. The 11th book featuring Lord Peter, set in a country church, is often named as the best detective story ever written. When his sexton finds a corpse in the wrong grave, the rector of Fenchurch St Paul asks Lord Peter Wimsey to find out who the dead man was and how he came to be there.

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  • Book 12

    • Gaudy Night

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 12
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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. The twelfth book featuring Lord Peter (the third novel to feature Harriet Vane) is set in an Oxford women's college. Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Run to the end of the story

    • By Phyllis on 01-31-17

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