Unnatural Death : Lord Peter Wimsey

  • by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Spoilt by performance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would use a different narrator to read this book.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Peter is the most interesting character.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's tendency to make her voice go high and shouty especially when being Miss Climpson was a major turn off.


Was Unnatural Death worth the listening time?

I persevered and listened to the end.


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- Claire

Great story, shame about narration

Where does Unnatural Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the bottom


Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Wimsey of course, though his mother is a close second - they're delightfully eccentric.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane McDowell?

Certainly not a Peter Wimsey book.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The narration of this audiobook made me cringe.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Melissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-11-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton