In this collection of 12 ingenious and baffling tales, the author demonstrates her mastery of the short, sharp mystery story. Lord Peter Winsey appears in several of the stories, as does Monague Egg, the travelling salesman extraordinaire.
©1933 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
Why is this the only full-length Peter Wimsey available? It is a short story compilation, which I did not realize when I purchased it. Only a couple of the stories include Lord Peter, the rest being about a traveling wine salesman with the improbable name of Egg. And he is a good Egg, but he's a slight disappointment when you were expecting Lord Peter. Ian Carmichael conveys the necessary subtlety of voices, grading the social position of the speakers for us. Well worth a listen, especially if you enjoy Downton Abbey.
I do enjoy Dorothy Sayers. This collection was a little hit and miss. Not crazy about Montague Egg, myself. I really enjoyed the Wimsey stories.
I would LOVE to listen to some Wimsey books read by someone other than Ian Carmichael. He monopolised the movie and audio versions of Wimsey. I've always found him very ordinary and cliched. As a narrator, one of his favourite characterisation techniques seems to be to suck air in through his teeth after every sentence. Perhaps he might have thought it sounded appropriately nobby for Wimsey - but he does it for every character! I think he was quite untalented and managed to carve out a career playing upper-class buffoons because he was always playing himself. Okay, not very insightful or charitable. But please won't someone think about re-recording these books using another narrator? Please?
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