Reading Guides, VOLUME 6

Dorothy Sayers – Where to Start with her Mystery Novels?

Mysteries - Dorothy Sayers Mystery Novels

Like mysteries ?  Have you read Dorothy Sayers’ mystery novels ?

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 Dorothy Sayers mystery novels to David Neuhouser, who is a lover of mysteries and 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.

 

Dorothy Sayers Mystery Novels - MysteriesStrong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

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“It is in Strong Poison that Lord Peter first meets Harriet Vane, an author of police fiction. The immediate problem is that she is on trial for her life, charged with murdering her former lover. If Lord Peter does not prove she is innocent, he will lose her before he even persuades her to accept his proposal of marriage. But all the clues point to Harriet as the one who gave Philip Boyes the arsenic that killed him.” (Wikipedia.com)

Dorothy Sayers Mystery Novels FAQ

When did Dorothy Sayers live?

Born: June 13, 1893, Oxford, UK Died: December 17, 1957, Witham, UK

What is the first Lord Peter Wimsey book? (Mystery Novel)

Whose Body? is the first Lord Peter Wimsey book. In the debut mystery in Dorothy L. Sayers’s acclaimed Lord Peter Wimsey series, the case of a dead bather draws Lord Peter into the 1st of many puzzling mysteries.

Where did Lord Peter Wimsey live?

Lord Peter Wimsey lived at 110a Piccadilly London, UK

Who did Lord Peter Wimsey marry?

Lord Peter Wimsey married Harriet Vane, a detective novelist.

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4 Comments

  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.