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In "Striding Folly", a frightening dream provides a haunting premonition. A house numbered 13 is in a street of even numbers, and a dead man was never alive in "The Haunted Policeman." And "Talboys" sees Lord Peter's own children accused of theft.
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By Jerri C on 01-08-18
Lord Peter as a Father
This is a collection of three short mystery stories about Lord Peter Wimsey, the last works about him, completely written by Sayers to be published. (Not counting the continuations by another author.)
The title short story in this collection, Striding Folly, is my least favorite. I find it confusing and not very appealing. However, I love the other two. They tell the reader/listener what happens after Lord Peter's marriage and honeymoon, with Harriet Vane.
The Haunted Policeman tells the story of the birth of their first child, complete with a mystery for Peter to solve.
Talboys is set some years later, and has the family staying at Talboys, a modest country house. The mystery, concerning some stolen peaches, is minor, but the interplay of the Wimsey family with their neighbors and a guest who doesn't fit in is priceless.
Highly recommended as a whole, and Ian Carmichael does a fine job of reading the tales. Now, if Audible could get the rest of the Lord Peter works, unabridged! Please!
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By Kathi on 01-16-18
What a find!
Many thanks to the listener who wrote such a positive review about this little gem! I might never have decided to listen to it otherwise.
I love Dorothy Sayers, and didn’t even know these little short mysteries existed. Hearing them read by Ian Carmichael (who plays Lord Peter Wimsey in several tv presentations) was a double treat.
Here are three fairly short stories, that illustrate Sayers’ talents yet again. The first concerns a frame-up for murder—with the clues outlined in a man’s dream. The other two feature Wimsey’s son. One (which begins at the child’s birth) left Wimsey sounding a bit cavalier about it, but, as with all books written almost a century ago, one has to be tolerant of mindsets that prevailed at the time.
In any event, it was such gift to discover this. Dorothy Sayers had such an interesting career, as she combined being a scholar in a very serious way with crime writing on the side. I love her work, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!
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