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review 2020-03-15 13:06
Whose Body? - Notes on a Re-read
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1) - Dorothy L. Sayers

LoL. This book was so much better on the re-read. Whose Body? was still a far cry from the quality of the rest of the series, but knowing the characters better from the other books gives this story so much more life and depth. 

 

I may have laughed out loud when Peter argued with his brother about Peter's hobby of sleuthing:

‘I do wish you’d keep out of the police courts,’ grumbled the Duke. ‘It makes it so dashed awkward for me, havin’ a brother makin’ himself conspicuous.’

‘Sorry, Gerald,’ said the other, ‘I know I’m a beastly blot on the ’scutcheon.’

‘Why can’t you marry and settle down and live quietly, doin’ something useful?’ said the Duke, unappeased.

‘Because that was a wash-out, as you perfectly well know,’ said Peter. ‘Besides,’ he added cheerfully, ‘I’m bein’ no end useful. You may come to want me your-self; you never know. When anybody comes blackmailin’ you, Gerald, or your first deserted wife turns up unexpectedly from the West Indies, you’ll realise the pull of havin’ a private detective in the family. “Delicate private business arranged with tact and discretion. Investigations undertaken. Divorce evidence a speciality. Every guarantee!” Come, now.’

‘Ass!’ said Lord Denver, throwing the newspaper violently into his armchair.

Hehe. Those of you know, will know. But this made a lot more sense on re-reading. 

I also enjoyed Peter's relationships with all of the other main characters much more because of knowing how these will develop.

 

It is such a strange first novel for a series, tho. There is a lot more of the feel of a Stevenson story to this than there is of Conan Doyle. This is changed in the later books, of course, but on the re-read I was reminded of a particular Stevenson short story (to name it would be a spoiler). 

 

Still, I really liked re-reading this, and would rate the book much higher if the onslaught of Wimsey (which is toned down in the books that follow) weren't such a distraction from the mystery and hadn't, after my first encounter with this book, made me put off reading the second for so long. 

 

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text 2020-03-14 20:16
Comfort Reading
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1) - Dorothy L. Sayers

This is a re-read.

I did not enjoy this first Wimsey novel when I first read it. However, I loved every book that followed. Well, almost: Five Red Herrings was rubbish. 

Still, I love the Wimsey novels, and I long wanted to re-read the first one. 

 

I think now is the time to do it. 

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text 2020-02-11 20:08
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers

Right, getting back to it. I've been saving it and considering I had a little book hangover, now seems the perfect time. I've got a few days carved out this week, so I'm going to focus on it, A Man With One of Those Faces and a non-fiction book concerning Brexit, written by Fintain O'Toole.

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text 2019-12-31 22:22
Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 295 pages.
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers

That was the final book of 2019, and quite appropriately, the book ends with the tolling of bells.

 

 

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text 2019-12-27 23:24
The last book of 2019
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers

This is a re-read, of course, but I love spending the last days of the year with The Nine Tailors

 

Needless to say, I love this book.

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