Lord Peter by
Call Number: Available at local public libraries
Publication Date: 1986-10-22
Just because it’s been a while since I’ve read these old favorites, I recently started working my way again through Sayers’ wonderful works from the “golden age” of British mystery writing. Yes, they are a bit dated (written in the 1920’s – ‘30’s) and certainly are not always politically correct, but Lord Peter, Bunter, Harriet, and the Dowager Duchess are appealing characters, the mysteries are good, and Sayers is a fine writer. The Lord Peter novels (in chronological order) are: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase, Murder Must Advertise, Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon. The collections of short stories are: Lord Peter Views the Body, Hangman’s Holiday, In the Teeth of the Evidence. Though reading them in order would be helpful, new readers might try Murder Must Advertise or The Nine Tailors to start with (though my favorite is Gaudy Night). Sayers wrote these mysteries early in her career, and considered her later works as a Christian apologist and translator of Dante (many of which are owned by UST) to be her real contributions to the world of letters.