Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers

I don't read many mysteries, as it isn't a genre I usually like very much.  But one of the optional categories for the Back to the Classics 2014 challenge is a classic mystery, suspense, or thriller, so I asked my brother (who works in publishing and likes mysteries) for a recommendation.  Based on his comments (and the fact that it was only $0.99 for my Kindle!), I decided to read Dorothy L Sayers's first Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, Whose Body?  I'm glad I did; it's one of my favorite classics I've read so far.

A dead body is discovered in the bathtub of an architect on the same day that a well-known financier disappears.  Are these two events related?  Lord Peter Wimsey investigates.  The story was interesting and the writing was engaging; here are a couple of my favorite quotes (that I can sadly relate to more than I would like to admit):
He felt as though he were looking at a complicated riddle, of which he had once been told the answer but had forgotten it and was always on the point of remembering.
He pursued an elusive memory for some minutes, till it vanished altogether with a mocking flicker of the tail.
I rate it 4 out of 5.  I will probably be reading more by Dorothy L Sayers.


Kathy A. Johnson said...

I'm so glad you liked this one, Cheryl. I love the Lord Peter Whimsey stories. They're lots of fun.

I'm nearly finished with Cranford as my latest classic read, and it is charming. I guess we just have to find the right classics for us!

Timaree said...

That sounds good Cheryl. I like the silly who'd units that are available for kindle such as ADead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke. She's got three of them in a series. Just plain fun without making me afraid of the dark.

JaneGS said...

So glad you read this book--I'm a fan of Lord Peter and Whose Body? is a terrific introduction to Lord Peter and Dorothy Sayers.

Do you think you'll read more in the series?