Lord Peter Wimsey

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,040 ratings

Whose Body? 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 131
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible performance

    • By Nicky on 12-04-15

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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 38
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • totally inappropriate narration

    • By Mrs on 13-03-14

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  • 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 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the right narrator

    • By Emilia on 06-02-15

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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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by performance

    • By Claire on 07-12-14

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  • Book 4

    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration spoils a good set of short stories

    • By Polly on 12-07-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 5

    • 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 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A classic whodunnit

    • By Michelle on 25-07-15

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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 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic crime

    • By Hilary on 28-09-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 45
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story shame about the accents!

    • By Polly on 31-01-16

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  • Book 8

    • Have His Carcase

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 8
    • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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
    • Story fab, reader must be replaced

    • By Arwen on 29-12-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Patchy short story collection

    • By Ingrid Ludvigsen on 21-06-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pure Sayers ruined by pronunciation of Bredon

    • By Retriever470 on 07-08-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, but as usual, McDowell disappoints

    • By Polly on 07-09-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 140
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Awful performance nearly spoils good book

    • By Annemarie on 28-07-16

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 13

    • Busman's Honeymoon

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 13
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, Harriet Vane, find the previous owner's body in the cellar. Set in a country village seething with secrets and snobbery, this is Dorothy L. Sayers' last full-length detective novel. Variously described as a love story with detective interruptions and a detective story with romantic interruptions, it lives up to both descriptions with style.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story spoiled by narrator

    • By bookworm on 07-12-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 14

    • In the Teeth of the Evidence

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 14
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    All that was left of the garage was a heap of charred and smouldering beams. In the driving seat of the burnt-out car were the remains of a body.... An accident, said the police. An accident, said the widow. She had been warning her husband about the danger of the car for months. Murder, said the famous detective Lord Peter Wimsey - and proceeded to track down the killer.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Mrs Debra Phillips on 29-11-15

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  • Book 15

    • Striding Folly

    • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 15
    • By: Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Three of Lord Peter Wimsey's most baffling cases demonstrate his unique detection skills at their most spectacular. The engima of a house numbered thirteen in a street of even numbers; an indignant child accused of theft; a dream about a game of chess that uncovers the true story behind a violent death. Each of the stories introduces a different side of the twentieth century's most ingenious detective hero.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Narrator

    • By Flint on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £12.99