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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916.

Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time.

In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus.

She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).

Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957.

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The Five Red Herrings (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 7)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
During a painting retreat, a killer takes a creative approach to the ancient art of murder The majestic landscape of the Scottish coast has attracted artists and fishermen for centuries. In the idyllic village of Kirkcudbright, every resident and visitor has 2 things in common: They either fish or paint (or do both), and they all...
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Have His Carcase (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 8)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
When Harriet Vane finds a dead body on the beach, she and Lord Peter Wimsey must solve a murder when all the evidence has washed out to sea. Harriet Vane has gone on vacation to forget her recent murder trial and, more importantly, to forget the man who cleared her name—the dapper, handsome, and maddening Lord Peter Wimsey. She is...
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Busman's Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 13)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
In this installment of the “literate and delightful” Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Harriet Vane’s honeymoon with the dapper British detective is marred by murder ( Chicago Tribune ). It took several near-death experiences for Lord Peter Wimsey to convince Harriet Vane to be his wife, but she has finally relented. When the...
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Striding Folly: A Collection of Mysteries (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 15)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
In his final 3 stories, Lord Peter confronts the greatest mystery of all—fatherhood For decades, Lord Peter Wimsey has made life tough for England’s criminal class. In town and country he solved some of the most baffling mysteries of the Jazz Age, facing down killers armed only with wit, charm, and a keen nose for deception. His...
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The Nine Tailors (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 11)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
While ringing in the New Year, Lord Peter stumbles into an ominous country mystery Lord Peter Wimsey and his manservant Bunter are halfway across the wild flatlands of East Anglia when they make a wrong turn, straight into a ditch. They scramble over the rough country to the nearest church, where they find hospitality, dinner, and...
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Whose Body
by Dorothy L. Sayers
There's a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connected to the body in the...
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 5)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
A wealthy general dies in his club, surrounded by fellow veterans—and Lord Peter must battle to solve the case Even the Bellona Club’s most devoted members would never call it lively. Its atmosphere is that of a morgue—or, at best, a funeral parlor—and on Armistice Day the gloom is only heightened. Veterans of the Great War...
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Whose Body? (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 1)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
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 Lord Peter Wimsey spends his days tracking down rare books, and his nights hunting killers. Though the Great War has left his nerves frayed with shellshock, Wimsey...
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Lord Peter Views the Body (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 4)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Only Lord Peter has the wit to find the solution to these 12 baffling mysteries Some aristocrats spend their lives shooting, but Lord Peter Wimsey is a hunter of a different kind: a bloodhound with a nose for murder. Before he became Britain’s most famous detective, Lord Peter contented himself with solving the crimes he came...
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Murder Must Advertise (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 10)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover at an ad agency to find out who pitched a copywriter down a flight of stairs—“Delightful reading” ( The New York Times ). The iron staircase at Pym’s Publicity is a deathtrap, and no one in the advertising agency is surprised when Victor Dean tumbles down it, cracking his skull along the...
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In the Teeth of the Evidence (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 14)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
An irresistible collection of stories starring Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg, from the master of classic mysteries Most noblemen would prefer to avoid a charred corpse in a garage. But Lord Peter Wimsey has never seen such a body, and cannot resist the opportunity when it comes along. The corpse is burned beyond recognition...
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Unnatural Death (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 3)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
When a terminally ill woman dies much earlier than expected, Lord Peter suspects murder Though never quick-witted, Agatha Dawson had an iron constitution and a will to fight that never abated in her old age. Even after 3 operations failed to rid her of her cancer, she refused to give in. But as her body began to weaken, she accused...
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Thrones, Dominations (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries Book 1)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Deemed "one of the greatest mystery writers of this century" by the Los Angeles Times , Dorothy L. Sayers first captivated readers nearly seventy years ago with her beloved sleuths Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in the novel Stong Poison. In Busmans's Honeymoon , her last completed Wimsey/Vane novel, Lord Peter and Harriet...
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Strong Poison (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 6)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Harriet Vane may face the hangman for the murder of her fiancé—and only Lord Peter Wimsey can save her—in this “model detective story” ( The New York Times ). Lord Peter Wimsey comes to the trial of Harriet Vane for a glimpse at one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in years. Unfortunately for the detective...
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Whose Body (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Book 1)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Wimsey's mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, telephones to say that Thipps, an architect hired to do some work on her local church, has just found a dead body wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez in the bath in his London flat. The official investigator, Inspector Sugg, suspects Thipps and his servant; Wimsey starts his own...
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Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series Book 1)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
There's a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connected to the body in the...
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Clouds of Witness (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 2)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
When blood stains his family name, Lord Peter fights to save what he holds most dear After 3 months in Corsica, Lord Peter Wimsey has begun to forget that the gray, dangerous moors of England ever existed. But traveling through Paris, he receives a shock that jolts him back to reality. He sees it in the headlines splashed across...
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The Mind of the Maker
by Dorothy L. Sayers
In her most profound work, Sayers investigates the nature of God and creativity From the first pages of Genesis, it is clear that God and man share one vital trait: the ability to create great works out of nothing. More than any other group, artists feel impelled to create, and this urge brings them closer to God. By contemplating...
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Clouds of Witness
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat filled with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt -- until the game turned up human and quite dead. He lay among the chrysanthemums, wore slippers and a dinner jacket and was Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimsey's own brother, and if murder set...
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Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Halcyon Classics)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
This Halcyon Classics ebook WHOSE BODY? is by 20th century British detective writer Dorothy L. Sayers. Sayers (1893-1957) is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. She also composed poetry, essays...
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Whose Body? (A Lord Peter Whimsey Mystery)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893 – 1957) was a renowned English crime writer best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked dead body in the bath and...
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Hangman's Holiday (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 9)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
A trove of short stories featuring 2 of the Jazz Age’s most famous sleuths In the annals of mystery writing, Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg are among the most memorable detectives. Lord Peter—noble by birth, brilliant by nature—is a fly in the ointment of criminals across Britain, turning up whenever the police ask him to...
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Catholic Tales and Christian Songs
by Dorothy Sayers
Christ walks the world again, His lute upon His back, His red robe rent to tatters, His riches gone to rack, The wind that wakes the morning blows His hair about His face, His hands and feet are ragged with the ragged briar’s embrace, For the hunt is up behind Him and His sword is at His side, … Christ the bonny outlaw walks the...
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Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine
by Dorothy Sayers
What must a person believe to be a Christian? Dorothy Sayers lays out age-old doctrines without prettying-up or watering-down. She brings them vividly to life by showing how the Bible, history, literature, and modern science fit together to make religion not only possible but necessary in our time. So whether you are reading the great...
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Whose Body
by Dorothy L. Sayers
When a body dressed only in a pair of pince-nez glasses is found in the bathtub at 59 Queen Caroline Mansions in Battersea, the only thing that becomes obvious is that it is not the body of the financier, Sir Reuben Levy. But whose body is it, and how did it get into the apartment of middle-aged architect Alfred Thripps? And by the way...
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Catholic Tales and Christian Songs (Illustrated)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
— A Classic — Includes Active Table of Contents — Includes Religious Illustrations WHEN I've thrown my books aside, being petulant and weary, And have turned down the gas, and the firelight has sufficed, When my brain's too stiff for prayer, and too indolent for theory, Will You come and play with me, big Brother Christ? Aeterna...
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Trop de témoins pour Lord Peter (Masque Poche) (French Edition)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Lord Peter fait escale à Paris après des vacances en Corse. Il y apprend que le capitaine Denis Cathcart, fiancé de sa sœur Mary, a été tué par balles près de la loge de tir de la famille Wimsey et que le Duc de Denver, son propre frère, est accusé du meurtre. Plusieurs témoins confirment que les deux hommes s’étaient...
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Whose Body?
by Dorothy L. Sayers
There's a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connected to the body in...
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Whose Body?
by Dorothy Sayers
Lord Peter Wimsey investigates the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect at the same time a noted financier goes missing under strange circumstances. As the case progresses it becomes clear that the two events are linked in some way.
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The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death
by Dorothy L. Sayers
A special edition of the first three classic mysteries featuring British aristocrat and sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. A gentleman needs hobbies. For Lord Peter Wimsey—a Great War veteran with a touch of shell shock—collecting rare books, sampling fine wines, and catching criminals help pass the time.   In Whose Body? , a dead...
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A Treasury of Sayers Stories
by Dorothy L. Sayers
24 mystery stories by Dorothy L. Sayers ---------------------------------------------- LORD PETER WIMSEY STORIES: 1. The Image in the Mirror 2. The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey 3. The Queen's Square 4. The Necklace of Pearls MONTAGUE EGG STORIES: 1. The Poisoned Dow '08 2. Sleuths on the Scent 3. Murder in the...
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Whose Body?
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body? is a 1923 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, which introduced the character of Lord Peter Wimsey. Wimsey's mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, telephones to say that Thipps, an architect hired to do some work on her local church, has just found a dead body wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez in the bath in his London flat....
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Four Sacred Plays
by Dorothy L. Sayers
This book contains four short plays by Sayers on a religious theme. The Zeal of Thy House was written for Canterbury Cathedral and dramatises an episode in its construction. The Devil to Pay is a reworking of the Faust legend. He That should Come is a nativity play, originally written for radio, in natural language. The Just Vengeance is...
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