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Summary

Discover Dorothy L. Sayers' inimitable Golden Age detective in this complete collection of the complete Lord Peter Wimsey stories, together in one volume for the first time.

Presented in chronological order, these short stories see Lord Peter Wimsey bringing his trademark wit and unique detection skills to all manner of mysteries. From poisoned port to murder in fancy dress, Wimsey draws on his many skills - including his expertise in fine wine and appreciation of fine art - to solve cases far and wide, some even taking him to foreign countries and unexpected hiding places in pursuit of miscreants and murderers.

Containing 21 stories taken from Lord Peter Views the Body, Hangman's Holiday, In the Teeth of the Evidence and Striding Folly, now published together for the first time in one volume, this is the ultimate collection for fans of classic detective fiction and Dorothy L. Sayers.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1928 Dorothy L Sayers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)

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Somebody must be joking!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. Brilliant stories murdered (pardon the pun!) by a totally inept narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

She might be fine reading something else but never this.

Any additional comments?

This is a Golden Age of Detectives set of stories. LPW is an upper class sleuth beautifully portrayed by other narrators, including Iain Carmichael. A not very talented young female narrator couldn’t even begin to do this justice. I am a female myself and have an open mind about who narrates things even if it’s very different to someone who has made the stories his own but honestly this is just the worst mismatch I have ever heard!

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Robotic Wimsey

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Very strange delivery by McDowell. Made me think of the Turing test and whether she would pass. Good for insomnia. Very disappointing.

What did you like best about this story?

Reading it for myself.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

Not in a fit!

Was Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories worth the listening time?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good, even with the blips

I would have got three 5-stars if the narrator had not made so many mistakes in pronunciation.
(Not really that many but I'm a pedant).

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Disappointing

The narrator doesn’t understand a lot of what she’s saying or the idiom of the time, as evidenced by her phrasing, but the last straw for me was her “Scottish” accent. Not necessarily her fault, but someone must take responsibility for the casting.

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Should have been edited.

I’m returning this because I don’t want to hear the n* word: the antisemitism is trying and the narrator’s mockery of Scots accents was fairly obnoxious, but enough’s enough.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful