A special edition of the first three classic mysteries featuring British aristocrat and sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.
A gentleman needs hobbies. For Lord Peter Wimsey—a Great War veteran with a touch of shell shock—collecting rare books, sampling fine wines, and catching criminals help pass the time.
In Whose Body?, a dead man wearing nothing but a pince-nez is found in the bathtub of an architect’s London flat—and Wimsey encounters a bizarre puzzle.
Clouds of Witness brings Lord Wimsey to the family’s shooting lodge in Yorkshire. Humans are not meant to be targets, but Wimsey’s sister’s fiancé has been felled by a bullet—and his brother accused of the crime. The investigation will bring him into contact with a socialist agitator, a hot-tempered farmer, and a host of unseemly secrets.
In Unnatural Death, everyone expected the ailing and elderly Miss Agatha Dawson to die—just not quite so soon. When the doctor who treated her shares his suspicions with Wimsey, he sets out to discover who rushed the patient to her demise.
This exciting volume of renowned author Dorothy L. Sayers’s beloved cozy British mystery series is a perfect introduction for new readers, as well as a familiar friend for longtime fans.
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Such a lovely re-read
The only thing to mar it, for modern readers, is the casual and pervasive racism and anti-semitism.
In the last novel, the reader is introduced to Miss Climpson, middle-aged spinster of great use to Lord Peter, in spite of her constant use of italics, underlining, and exclamation points—you can even hear those in her speech.
The method of murder is quite the mystery until the second to last chapter.
The absolute beauty of the prose is perhaps typical of novels written between the two world wars.
Lord Peter is often quicker than those around him to find pertinent details. His patience can be tried by this, but he tries to keep that under control. He makes the constant allusions to works found in classical works and poetry of the sort that a well-educated nobleman of the period would gain from time at Oxford University.
All in all, a delightful novel.