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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy L. Sayers Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781455175185
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Sayers’ most renowned amateur detective, the engaging and amusing Lord Peter Wimsey, sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a nude corpse, wearing gold pince-nez, in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone’s ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

Long considered one of the top mystery authors, Dorothy L. Sayers has excelled herself in this delightfully macabre tale, a truly rare find for anyone interested in top-flight crime fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Wimsey books are literate and delightful mysteries.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The tale is better written and has a good deal more characterization than one finds in the average detective story.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Victoria Katherine | 2/16/2014

    " I adore Lord Peter Wimsey. He is such a gentleman. I liked this first book b/c it spent more time introducing the characters than on the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Will | 2/15/2014

    " "Come, Parker, you must have something to add to the jackpot. Perhaps you have a body. Oh, do have a body. Every body welcome." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Kinsley | 2/14/2014

    " Glad I finally have started to read the Lord Peter Wimsey series - interested to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Wilson | 2/11/2014

    " My first foray into the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, and although this took a little getting into, proved to be an enjoyable story, worth the plough through the introductions to get to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 2/11/2014

    " A good introduction to the Lord Peter Wimsey series. The solid and amusing characters are what got me through a semi-predictable plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RF | 2/10/2014

    " borrowed a bunch of this series from a dear friend... I am enjoy the Peter Wimsey series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Narloch | 2/4/2014

    " Another murder mystery that I so loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 2/4/2014

    " A fun introduction to the series with lots of pieces present -- Bunter, Parker, the Dowager Duchess, Peter's shell-shock -- that whets your appetite for the later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abra | 1/30/2014

    " I've read the main Sayers "Wimsey-Vane" books before, but I'd never read Whose Body?. It is apparently the first Wimsey novel. I enjoyed it a great deal -- Sayers describes her main character as a cross between Fred Astaire and Bertie Wooster, which is pretty much perfect. I think I originally read these when I was younger and did not get all of the airy persiflage, aka 'piffle' that Peter Wimsey talks. Much is made of the antisemitism in this book, though Sayers defended herself saying she felt that the Jewish characters came off the best of anyone. Perhaps. It is definitely a document of its upper class British times. But the mystery is good, though I'd figured it out fairly early on. An enjoyable introduction to Wimsey, let's say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asil | 1/30/2014

    " This was fun! It took me a while to get into it, but I was definitely warming to Lord Peter by the end. I shall read more of him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mabesie | 1/29/2014

    " My very first sleuthing with Lord Peter Wimsey, Bunter and Detective Parker. I like these three, as well as other characters especially the Dowager Duchess. The mystery was good although the murderer was rather obvious. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed her writing style, and I'm looking forward to reading more of these. At first Lord Peter seemed like a crime-solving Bertie Wooster, but he turned out to be a very intelligent and complex character. The mystery was pretty good, although the confession at the end was a little tedious. This book did make me finally look up how to pronounce "pince-nez". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dfordoom | 1/17/2014

    " Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the most dellightfully entertaining of all fictional detectives. Published in 1923. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Smith | 1/17/2014

    " Lord Peter Whimsy--Breezy sense of humor. Sayers (tongue in cheek) makes fun of her own character's snobbery, while appreciating his brilliancy. Wonder if she saw herself similarly? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aimee | 1/6/2014

    " Very British! I don't know if it's because it's from the 30's or because it's British, but I had a hard time following the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 February Four | 1/2/2014

    " Second Lord Peter Wimsey book written. I really liked it. Sayers doesn't pull any punches with the poor victims! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/24/2013

    " This is my first go at Dorothy Sayers, outside of some of her scholarly work. I like Lord Peter Wimsey very much, but to be honest, I liked his man Bunter even better. I'm looking forward to seeing these characters develop as I read more of her mysteries. I've also been reading many of Agatha Christie's novels, some for the first time, and Wimsey appeals to me much more than Poirot and his egotism. Must find out what the next title is and get my hands on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 11/28/2013

    " Good fun as always with Dorothy Sayers. I like her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy Dion | 11/15/2013

    " This was an enjoyable mystery story. If Agatha Christie wrote a Jeeves and Wooster story it might have turned out something like this. I am going to read another book or two from this series and see how I like it as it develops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/10/2013

    " This is my co-favorite Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. I love it for the intricate and ingenious plot but also for the characters and the period details, which are mentioned throughout. A first rate mystery and a well-written bit of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 11/10/2013

    " WHY did I wait so long to start reading Dorothy Sayers? Lord Peter is basically the awesome, awesome love child of Bertie Wooster and Sherlock Holmes. MORE PLEASE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/4/2013

    " I listened to this book. The narration added to the sly writing and sarcasm of the dialog. I appreciate Sayer's writing. This story did not disappoint. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 10/23/2013

    " A jolly good read in these otherwise beastly times, what? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 8/17/2013

    " Just not that much of a fan of the Golden Age of mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/13/2013

    " I liked the character and the solving of the mystery. Lord Wimsey's speech patterns and so on were hard to follow. I'm guessing that reading more of the series will make it easier to get into all that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Schlegel | 6/27/2013

    " Very interesting period mystery. Instead of Agatha Christie's ordinary sleuths, this is through the aristocrats amateur sleuthing. Good read, but this particular printing had smaller text and some errors in the printing throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 4/20/2013

    " Opening sally in the Wimsey books. Something of a closed door mystery, with a missing financier and a doctor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/13/2013

    " Here's another book I couldn't appreciate the first time around. After reading "Gaudy Night," I was able to persevere through Lord Peter's talk about book auctions and get to the mystery, which turned out to be very clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 12/24/2012

    " I look forward to learning more about Lord Peter Wimsey et al. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kenpen | 12/4/2012

    " I read this because I found it free on Project Gutenburg. I really loved it. A good mystery and great characters. I love Bunter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/1/2012

    " I liked the character and the solving of the mystery. Lord Wimsey's speech patterns and so on were hard to follow. I'm guessing that reading more of the series will make it easier to get into all that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 9/9/2012

    " A fun, smart read. If you like detective novels, this one is worth your time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Knox | 9/1/2012

    " I am glad I didn't read this first Lord Peter Wimsey book before having read some of the later ones as I might not have continued with them. I much prefer the later books. That being said, this one was entertaining enough for a light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 8/31/2012

    " I just can't get into mysteries that re about the process, not the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine E. | 6/23/2012

    " I've read several of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books, but had somehow missed this first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elf_owl | 1/31/2012

    " The mystery was okay and was a quick read. I felt a bit confused at the parts where random poetry/songs were added in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amberjean | 10/25/2011

    " Squarely in the cardboard-cutout category, but good fun, in a Sherlock Holmes story kind of way. It's obvious the author reread Conan Doyle before penning those first few novels in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 9/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this, my introduction to Dorothy L. Sayers. I intend to read more of her books. But Agatha Christie is still the queen of the golden age to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 9/2/2011

    " Not bad--Lord Peter seems like a nut at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 8/23/2011

    " As usual, Dorothy L. Sayers produces a brilliant book. Loved it, loved the plot and loved Peter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette Brown | 7/28/2011

    " I think Lord Peter is actually better in the short stories... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. J. | 5/12/2011

    " This is the second time reading the book so I obviosly enjoyed it, although this time I found Lord Peter's manner and speech slightly iritating. I really liked the portrayal of the murderer's hyper-rational attempt to rise above morality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/24/2011

    " So much fun and so many great characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 4/10/2011

    " Glad I finally have started to read the Lord Peter Wimsey series - interested to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/8/2011

    " The first Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Very well done. It's an excellent example of a classic mystery from the "Golden Age" of mystery novels. It has an intriguing set up with a man finding the corpse of a complete stranger in his bathtub one morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 3/22/2011

    " Love this series on audiobook. The narrator adds such dimension to the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/18/2011

    " Just arrived from Japan. Another brilliant book on Lord Peter Wimsey series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/17/2011

    " One of the benefits of growing old and losing memories is that you can re-read favorite authors like Miss Sayers. Wimsey is a lot more complex than Poirot; not at all the fop he seems in this book. Read on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 3/14/2011

    " ( O Mistério de Battersea ) "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, essays, reviews, and translations. Although she was a noted Christian scholar, she is most known for her detective fiction. Born in 1893, Sayers was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford University. An acquaintance of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers shared with them an interest in the position of the committed Christian in an increasingly scientific milieu. The creator of the beloved detective Lord Peter Wimsey, she also included among her works a translation of Dante and a BBC series of radio plays on the life of Jesus. Her first book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body?, was published in 1923 and over the next twenty years more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared. Dorothy L. Sayers is recognized as one of the greatest mystery writers of the twentieth century. She died in 1957, but her books continue to enthrall readers today.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.