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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy L. Sayers Narrator: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones, Martin Jarvis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations. Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. Sayers' charming investigator in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The dignified calm of the Bellona Club is shattered when Lord Wimsey finds General Fentiman dead in his favourite chair. A straighforward death by natural causes? Perhaps... but why can no one remember seeing the general the day he died? And who is the mysterious Mr Oliver? Lord Peter moves between London and Paris, salon and suburbs, to unfold the intriguing case. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 2/14/2014

    " In this one, Lord Peter stumbles on to a dead body who has all the signs of a natural death with one tiny, little quibble of the rigor mortis sort. When Murbles comes to Wimsey to pinpoint the time of death of the deceased it opens up a can of worms. Interesting and intricate little mystery. It has all the charm and fun of the others Lord Peter novels with the added touch of a "vernis" of personal conflict and tortured conscience. Add the character of George which might be a distorted vision of what might have happen to Lord Peter without his family after the War, you have a fascinating mystery with a social conscience. I liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Rittenhouse | 2/8/2014

    " An ancient general is found dead, seated by the fire at the Bellona Club. Of course Lord Peter Wimsey just happened to be there. Of course there was something fishy about the body. Another great lark of a story with plenty of suspects and maybe not even a crime. I can't imagine not enjoying any of the Lord Peter Wimsey books and will keep reading them whenever I want light escapism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felisa Rosa | 2/7/2014

    " I LOVE Dorothy Sayers. Sir Peter is my favorite fictional detective, and that's coming from a longtime worshiper of Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 1/26/2014

    " A perfect detective novel, if only for lines such as "Woodward brought across the malacca walking stick, carrying it, after the manner of a well-trained servant, by the middle" or "Mr Murbles waved an expressive hand at Wimsey, who was just taking from Bunter's hands a chaste silver tray, containing a Queen Anne coffee-pot and a milk jug, a plate of buttered toast, a delicate china coffee-cup and a small pile of correspondence". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick O'Connell | 1/22/2014

    " If you like mysteries, you can't go wrong with Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey Series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/15/2014

    " The Lord Peter books are a go-to for me when I need a jolly romp away from more "serious" books. The Belona Club's plot isn't as ingenious as some of the Whimsey stories, and I always miss the witty banter when Harriet Vane isn't around, but overall it is a fun time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/5/2014

    " Lord Peter is lot's of fun. This is the first full length I've read and his character holds up. These aren't complex life changing books, but quick read mysteries from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/21/2013

    " One thing I really appreciate about Sayers is that she doesn't shy away from talking about the after-affects of the first World War. There's a lot of that in this particular book, and I think it grounds her books in reality, even though they are, at heart, detective fantasies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ghostlibrarian | 11/20/2013

    " I love the Dorothy Sayers murder mysteries and regret that there aren't more to read. It's been a long time since I read these. Maybe I need to pull them out again one of these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrsd40 | 11/15/2013

    " so far in this book, i can see Sayers is growing as a mystery writer...she's rounding out Lord Peter Wimsey...the story is intriguing, engrossing and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/28/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this. Better than some of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/4/2013

    " Thought I had this one figured out... but I was following one of the red herrings that the author had cleverly used. Will be looking for the next Wimsey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/19/2012

    " My introduction to Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey. A quick and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/9/2012

    " Not my favorite of the series--Wimsey and Parker are good, but the story is less gripping and the pacing a little off. A start at more thoroughly-developed characters, though; and the first time the devil-may-care Peter begins to regret his interference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/8/2012

    " I unabashedly loved this book, a good old-fashioned detective story with an irrepressibly witty, but flawed, protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/5/2012

    " Another great story by Sayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 6/24/2012

    " A 90-year-old member of this men's club in London, General Fentiman, has apparently died there on Armistice Day, but no one noticed for hours that he was dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 5/20/2012

    " I have read the print version, listened to an abridged performance, and listened to this unabridged reading -- all within a few months. I enjoyed them all and adore Lord Peter and Dorothy Sayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/21/2012

    " This was a fun read; I was totally thrown by the many red herrings, I had no idea who the guilty party was, but it didn't really matter because I had so much fun reading Wimsey's dialogue. (Casting nasturtiams! Hee.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 1/2/2012

    " So delightfully and typically British all through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anya | 12/12/2011

    " This was a very satisfying performance - like an old fashioned radio play (for all I know that is what it was). At some point I'd like to read the actual book but this will do for now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Burkam | 4/11/2011

    " After reading four early Sayers novels I am coming to the realization that although I really like Peter Wimsey as a character I'm not particularly fond of him as "detective" ... I still much prefer Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. That said, I will read on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/3/2011

    " Not the best Whimsey, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 2/26/2011

    " I keep thinking about the Ian Carmichael version of this, which was very well done. I love the bits with the artsy crowd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/25/2011

    " Ok. Not my favorite for Sayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missjgray | 2/9/2011

    " enjoyable, but not completely top-notch. (or perhaps I've read too much Sayers lately?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan-jaap | 1/16/2011

    " A competent little detective novel in which Wimsey disentangles a web of murder and deceit. Warning: novel includes poison, shell-shock, rigor mortis, complicated wills and a failed lady-artist supposedly obsessed with glands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/9/2011

    " Entertaining Wimsey read. I liked a couple of the characters very much but the ending felt somewhat improbable to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonaht | 12/15/2010

    " I love the humor in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose Ann | 11/15/2010

    " I first discovered Lord Peter over 30 years ago, when I took a course on detective fiction in college. I love all the books. (Hugh Laurie would have made a perfect Lord Peter!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/3/2010

    " The BBC made an audio of this with actors (like in an old time radio program). It is really fun to listen to. "

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Author Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers (1923–1957) was an English-born author of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, reviews, and translations. She is best known for her detective fiction, considered among the classics of the genre, and for her amateur detective character, Lord Peter Wimsey.