Dorothy Sayers – Where to Start with her Mystery Novels?

May 10, 2013


Like mystery novels?  Have you read the mysteries of Dorothy Sayers?

Dorothy Sayers is a writer often associated with C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, who wrote many books for Christian audiences. She considered her best work to be her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

We recently posed the question of where to start with her mystery novels to David Neuhouser, who is Scholar in Residence at Taylor University’s Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends (and Professor Emeritus at TU). Neuhouser has taught courses on Sayers, Lewis, Wendell Berry and perhaps his favorite, George Macdonald.


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Read this one next, it is a good follow up to GAUDY NIGHT.
The title is taken from William Cowper’s translation of Book II of Homer’s Iliad: “The vulture’s maw / Shall have his carcase, and the dogs his bones.”


4 responses to Dorothy Sayers – Where to Start with her Mystery Novels?

  1. Thanks for this!!! I’ve read the first two and will definitely finish with the others!

  2. I adore these books. Good piece.

  3. Regrettably, this list omits “Nine Tailors” — the most haunting and possibly the most accomplished of the Wimsey novels.

    • I agree. If you could only read one Wimsey novel I would recommend Nine Tailors. I’d also put Murder must Advertise before most of these.