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
Clouds of Witness
Lord Peter Views the Body
The Unpleasantness at the
The Five Red Herrings
Have His Carcase
Murder Must Advertise
The Nine Tailors
In the Teeth of the Evidence
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.