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Publisher's Summary

It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.
Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to be. His problem was to find out whose body had found its way into Mr Alfred Thipps' Battersea bathroom.
©1923 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming  (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller." (Minette Walters)
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3 out of 5 stars
By S on 11-09-14

More work on pronunciation please

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have been waiting for a reading of the Lord Peter Wimsey books for a long time and down loaded this with glee. It is the first of the series so it seems that the originators are doing it the right way and starting from the beginning.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seems to think that the characters all gabble. They are all done in funny voices, at odd pitches and even odder speeds. Yes - Lord Peter's speech is affected and speedy but she really gets him wrong I think.
The worst thing is the lapses in pronunciation. Lord Peters college is Balliol. His time at Oxford is fundamental to the man, the stories and so much of what is to come. It is pronounced Bail - e - ol. The narrator says Bal i ol.
I really worry when she gets to Magdalen, not wanting to be maudlin about it but my expectations are low.
Another is when Lord Peter is looking around the roof of the mansion flats and checks what the narrator calls 'the leeds'. She means 'the leads'; the word comes from the lead used to make the channels and downpipes in traditional buildings, now often stolen.

The lady has a lovely voice. When just narrating it resonates and could do Harriet Vane well later. Meanwhile PLEASE stop gabbling and research the words before launching into the next one?

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nicky on 04-12-15

Terrible performance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator

What didn’t you like about Jane McDowell’s performance?

Her accents are awful, Lord Wimsey sounds like a cockney half the time. She speaks too fast and all the voices sound the same. her voice is also shrill in parts and makes for a very uncomfortable listen. Such a shame as the story was quite good, and should have been funny in parts. I couldn't finish the book. Dreadful

Was Whose Body? worth the listening time?


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