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Cracking Crime: Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers shows us how it’s done!

About the book

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 first appearance is in a classic murder mystery – who is the dead man in the Battersea bath?

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.

It’s Dead Good because…

Once you get into the habit of reading Sayers you’ll never want to stop! I found a slight hurdle when I first applied myself to this book as the language is no longer every day, so the ‘little grey cells’ needed to be exercised to fully grasp Lord Wimsey’s meanings. He’s a very dapper and intellectual gentleman, collecting rare books is his hobby as is amateur detecting much to the chagrin of the local police force.

This is a very clever book that satisfyingly answers the logic behind the conundrum that if there is no body, there is no crime. This could all be too jolly and saccharine but Sayers adds a depth to Wimsey as it becomes clear he is still suffering from shell shock from the War. He is troubled by the case and its resolution and through that another side of him becomes clear.

Lord Wimsey’s relationship with his man-servant Bunter put me in mind of Poirot and Hastings and added a lovely touch.

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