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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Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane marry and go to spend their honeymoon at Talboys, an old farmhouse in Hertfordshire which he has bought her as a present. The honeymoon is intended as a break from their usual routine of solving crimes (him) and writing about them (her), but it turns into a murder investigation when the seller of the house is found dead at the bottom of the cellar steps with severe head injuries. (Wikipedia.com)

 




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.