Dorothy L Sayers

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Dorothy L Sayers is generally considered one of the four great Queens of Crime fiction alongside Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh and, of course, Agatha Christie. She is primarily known for her mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and, later, Harriet Vane though she also wrote a series of short stories featuring a wine salesman sleuth, Montague Egg.

In addition to her own crime fiction, Sayers played a key role in setting up and being an early president of the Detection Club.

The Lord Peter stories were among my earliest introductions to crime fiction though it has been many years since I last read them. One of my goals since starting this blog is to reread the series in order, experiencing the character as he develops and to see how Sayers’ approach changed.

Lord Peter Wimsey

1923
Whose Body?
1926
Clouds of Witness
1927
Unnatural Death
1928
Lord Peter Views the Body
1928
The Unpleasantness at the
Bellona Club
1930
Strong Poison
1931
The Five Red Herrings
1932
Have His Carcase
1933
Hangman’s Holiday
1933
Murder Must Advertise
1934
The Nine Tailors
1935
Gaudy Night
1937
Busman’s Honeymoon
1939
In the Teeth of the Evidence
1972
Striding Folly
1971
Lord Peter

Standalones

The Documents in the Case (1930)

Author portrait in header image by Howard Coster. © National Portrait Gallery, London. Used under Creative Commons 3.0 licence. This photograph was slightly cropped.