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A must-read for fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries, Lord Peter Wimsey is the immortal amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers. One solution requires expertise in fine wines; another calls on his knowledge of fine art. Lord Peter has the knack of being on the spot at just the right time to spot a thief or blackmail a blackmailer. Or even prevent a murder ...Whatever the occasion, the aristocratic detective uses his razor-sharp mind and unerring instincts to unmask the guilty and go to the aid of their victims.
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Dorothy L Sayers was born in Oxford in 1893, and was both a classical scholar and a graduate in modern languages. As well as her popular Lord Peter Wimsey series, she wrote several religious plays, but considered her translations of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She died in 1957.From AudioFile:
One wonders whether Dorothy Sayers considered naming her famous detective Lord Peter WHIMSY, for, clearly, whimsy is very much a part of her loving attitude toward Wimsey. She is wry, he is wry; she clever, he clever; she likable, he likable. In these nine delightful stories Wimsey's many qualities come to the fore, including his skill at lying, housebreaking, exceeding the speed limit, impersonation, cheating at poker, all in the name of solving crimes. Though he may at times be a bit slick and leap too adroitly to the solution, he is always engaging and made more so by the splendid narration of Ian Carmichael (who has portrayed Wimsey on television). Carmichael reads the many different characters well but is especially fine on Lord Peter himself, fully capturing his British upper-class confidence and his noblesse oblige toward those whose problems he encounters. One can imagine Sayers, Wimsey, and Carmichael being fond of each other's company, and listeners will enjoy that trio's companionship also. T. H. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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