The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey.
His third appearance is a story of murder in a most respectable seaside resort. 'No sign of foul play,' says Dr Carr after the post-mortem on Agatha Dawson. The case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied . . .
With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. No clues, that is, until the sudden, senseless murder of Agatha's maid. What is going on in the mysterious Mrs Forrest's Mayfair flat? And can Wimsey catch a desperate murderer before he himself becomes one of the victims?
"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)
"I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)
"D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers." (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)
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Spoilt by performance
I would use a different narrator to read this book.
Lord Peter is the most interesting character.
The narrator's tendency to make her voice go high and shouty especially when being Miss Climpson was a major turn off.
I persevered and listened to the end.
Great story, shame about narration
near the bottom
Peter Wimsey of course, though his mother is a close second - they're delightfully eccentric.
Certainly not a Peter Wimsey book.
The narration of this audiobook made me cringe.
Please find another narrator for the Peter Wimsey books! Jane MacDowell just doesn't seem to really find the correct pace of the narrative - quite often she seemed only to realise the meaning of a sentence when she was half-way through it; and I really didn't like the voice she gave Charles Parker. I love the books, and kept trying with this one, but I gave up in the end as it was just annoying me.