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Dorothy L. Sayers
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford... show more
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916. Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time. In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus. She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957.
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Birth date: 13-06-1893
Died: 17-12-1957
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 days ago
Another quick trip down memory lane, courtesy of the BBC's full cast audio adaptation of this novel starring Ian Carmiachel (who also starred in the first of the Beeb's two TV series based on Sayers's novels). This was Sayers's revenge on the advertising business, based on her own early job experi...
Tannat
Tannat rated it 3 weeks ago
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey #3 A doctor overhears Wimsey chatting with Parker in a restaurant and decides to share his story of woe about how he lost his patients because he had some doubts about the death of one of his patients. Wimsey is intrigued and decides to investigate whether the death in qu...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it 4 weeks ago
This book is not what I was expecting and it doesn´t read like any other golden age crime novel I have read before. Whose Body? is an odd CSI / Criminal Minds mix. Bunter taking fingerprints, the psychology behind the murder, the way Lord Peter Wimsey helps a witness to remember what happened on a...
Tannat
Tannat rated it 1 month ago
I have to say that I have very little sympathy for Cathcart. This was a very convoluted mystery. Peter Wimsey investigates the death of his sister's fiancé when the police blame his brother, aided by his friend Parker. Saying more than that would spoil things. It started it off pretty slow. I have...
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Tannat rated it 2 months ago
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey #1 I wasn't planning on rereading this before picking up the second book, Clouds of Witness, but my memory of Peter Wimsey and the plot were a bit foggy and my library had this audio version, so I figured why not? It's still a fun story, although there are portions of i...
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