Whose Body? : Lord Peter Wimsey

  • by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by David Case
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Enter the 1920s Golden Age of Detection with this first novel from Dorothy L. Sayers, featuring the debut of a dashing gentleman detective, one of the great characters of mystery fiction - Lord Peter Wimsey. An unidentified corpse is found in a bathtub, and the police are jumping to conclusions about its identity and that of the murderer. Lord Peter Wimsey steps in and, with the help of his friend, Inspector Parker; and his manservant, Bunter, solves the mystery.

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Thrilled to see Sayers appearing at Audible USA!!!

This is the first book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series, and it's definitely worth listening to. It provides an interesting and bizarre mystery with a unique criminal, a brief but poignant examination of shell shock after WW1 (Sayers' husband suffered from this), and a wonderful array of Sayers eccentric supporting characters. These include the incomparable Dowager Duchess of Denver, Mr. Thipps and his fabulous mother Mrs. Thipps, their housemaid Gladys and her boyfriend, the delightfully dim Freddy Arbuthnot, and of course the omnipotent Bunter. Wimsey is a little over the top in this, his first outing, but he settles down as the series goes on so no need to be put off by that.
I also really like David Case as the reader. I know most people probably won't agree with me, but I prefer him to Ian Carmichael even though Carmichael is the ultimate voice of Lord Peter Wimsey for so many of us. I just feel that Carmichael has a tendency to make Wimsey sound angry and irritable too much of the time and misses some of Sayers' wonderful humor that way, and that Case has a more nuanced and accurate reading of the character.
We haven't been able to get audio recordings of Sayers for some years on this side of the Atlantic, but I hope that the fact that we've seen two new ones appear in Audible offerings in the last couple of months indicates that the legal tangles (whatever they were) are over and that we will once again have access to these wonderful audiobooks, I can not wait for "Murder Must Advertise"!!!
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- Meep "Meep"

I love David Case (also Dorothy)

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David Case is responsible for my lifelong love of listening to books. He was one of the first narrators I fell in love with back when audio books were on cassette tapes. Dorothy Sayers is one of my favorite mystery writers as well. So, when her books recently started to become available on audible, I clicked.

Case's performance in Whose Body does not disappoint. I was immediately inside the book as soon as he started talking. There are some pretty long expositions in this book, and I went right along with them. I don't know if he ever narrated any other books in the Lord Peter series, but if he did, I am hoping to see them show up on Audible.

As for the book itself, no one paints a picture of people, places and things the way Dorothy Sayers did. The setting is England between the wars. She takes the well-known stereotypes of that era--foppish young gentleman, servants of all types, bungling coppers, smart coppers, and grand dames--and gives them personality and life. The mystery itself is odd and convoluted, but no detail leading to the final reveal is left out.

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- Mauri Piper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.