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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The only one of Dorothy Sayers’s mysteries not to feature Lord Peter Wimsey.
This is an epistolary novel, told primarily in the form of letters between some of the characters. This collection of documents—hence the novel’s title—is explained as a dossier of evidence collected by the victim’s son as part of his campaign to obtain justice for his father. (

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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.