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Dorothy L Sayers


(Dorothy Leigh Sayers)
UK flag (1893 - 1957)

Dorothy L. 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, she was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford University. Her first book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body?, was published in 1923 and over the next 20 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 20th century.
 

Genres: Mystery, Historical
 
Series
Peter Wimsey
   1. Whose Body? (1923)
   2. Clouds of Witness (1926)
   3. Unnatural Death (1927)
   4. Lord Peter Views the Body (1928)
   5. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928)
   6. Strong Poison (1930)
   7. The Five Red Herrings (1931)
   8. Have His Carcase (1932)
   9. Hangman's Holiday (1933)
   10. Murder Must Advertise (1933)
   11. The Nine Tailors (1934)
   12. Gaudy Night (1935)
   13. Busman's Honeymoon (1937)
   14. In the Teeth of the Evidence (1939)
   Lord Peter (1971)
   15. Striding Folly (1972)
   Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories (2018)
   Lord Peter Wimsey Investigates (2018)
continued in the series by Jill Paton Walsh
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Dorothy L Sayers recommends
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Dark of the Moon (1967)
(Dr. Gideon Fell, book 23)
John Dickson Carr
"He can create atmosphere with an adjective, alarm with an allusion, or delight with rollicking absurdity. In short, he can write."
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Duplicate Death (1951)
(Inspector Hemingway, book 3)
Georgette Heyer
"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me... I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go'."
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The Purple Cloud (1901)
M P Shiel
"The very accent of Edgar Allan Poe."

Anthologies containing stories by Dorothy L Sayers
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Lessons in Crime (2024)
Academic Mysteries
(British Library Crime Classics)
edited by
Martin Edwards
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Murder in a Heatwave (2023)
(Vintage Murders, book 7)
edited by
Cecily Gayford
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Murder in the Falling Snow (2022)
(Vintage Murders, book 5)
edited by
Cecily Gayford

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