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    Sayers' most renowned amateur detective, the engaging and amusing Lord Peter Wimsey, sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a nude corpse, wearing a golden pince-nez, in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

    Dorothy L. Sayers, long considered one of the top mystery authors of our day, has excelled herself in this delightfully macabre tale, a truly rare find for anyone interested in top-flight crime fiction.

    ©1995 Dorothy L. Sayers (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "The tale is better written and has a good deal more characterization than one finds in the average detective story." ( New York Times)

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    • Anne
    • 19/12/2008

    Not completely unabridged

    This is an excellent entry in the Sayers line of work with Lord Peter Wimsey, and the reading works well.
    However, part of the text was left out. For one not already familiar with the story, the missing piece may cause a little confusion coming into the conclusion. On the other hand, maybe it wouldn't be noticeable to someone who hasn't reread most of Sayers' novels several times!

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    • Roxane
    • 17/06/2010

    Five stars, and yet. . .

    . . . this is perhaps not one of Sayers's most memorable mysteries, but one of the few that is available. I wish that Audible carried more of her titles.

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    • John
    • 20/03/2013

    I Admit I Didn't Think This Would Work

    A story with a preponderance of male characters being read by a female voice? That's what I wondered about when I took this from our public library years ago on audio cassette. But I was surprised and delighted then and remain surprised and delighted now. May conveys Wimsey, Bunter, Parker, the dowager duchess--everyone--to perfection.

    Of all the Wimsey stories, this first in the series stands out as the one with the most comedy. Yes, it's a dark tale chillingly told. But there are fine moments of levity that relieve the gloom; sometimes this early edition of Lord Peter can almost sound as if he were about to drop in at the Drones Club for a quick spot before lunch.

    And the story is good. In fact it's superb. But I'm not gong to say any more for fear of spoiling it for you.

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    • Charmaine
    • 28/07/2012

    Pretty good mystery, but not the best

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was an okay mystery, but I'd heard so much about the author that I expected more. I found it a little dull. I've loved Agatha Christie and thought this might be similar. However, there were some amusing moments in the story.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Dorothy L. Sayers? Why or why not?

    I'll try another one to see if maybe this was just one I couldn't connect with.

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    • Ilana
    • 07/07/2012

    Strange and Satisfying

    Gentlemen of Lord Peter Wimsey's class aren't expected to take up employment, and some view his involvement with crime to be in very poor taste. But he can't help getting wrapped up in a good case of murder, and this one is a doozy: a man is found laying in the bath at an architect's home completely naked, save for the presence of a pince-nez perched on his nose. The architect can't have committed the murder and the body strangely resembles Sir Reuben Levy, a powerful banker who has disappeared overnight. I liked the ongoing construction of the Lord Wimsey character and the many incongruous elements of the story that Sayers weaved in were very entertaining. Definitely a series worth pursuing, which I hope Audible will make available in the unabridged editions sooner than later.

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    • S. Jones
    • 21/08/2009

    An Unpleasant Surprise

    I've always loved Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Whimsey novels. I particularly looked forward to this purchase since only a few of her works are available as audiobooks. It was a disappointment. Nadia May makes the suave Lord Peter come across as a grating fishwife and a horse's patoot. I don't remember him being so idiotic and silly. She also reads WAY too fast, obliterating every dramatic pause and letting one character's dialogue run into the next. I doubt I'll get through it. I wouldn't recommend it.

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    • Patricia
    • 11/03/2014

    Whose Reading?

    With so many fine British readers available, including Ian Carmichael who has read several of the LPW books as well as portrayed Lord Peter on BBC radio and BBC/PBS TV, why was a woman ever chosen as the reader? Maybe the $2.95 Kindle price deal had something to do with it? Nadia May is a fine reader, but try as she might, she really was out of her depth in a book with predominantly male characters, and try as I might, it was a struggle to continue to listen all the way to the end.

    In spite of Lord Peter's affected manner and the at times jarringly dated attitudes reflected in the books, there is a reason why people are still reading Sayers. If you have never read the LPW books and enjoy Christie, Tey or Marsh, or if you last read them years ago, I recommend you read this one in print only and start your audible experience with a male reader, preferably Carmichael.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 16/11/2008

    Lord Peter Deserves Better

    First of all, why a woman narrator? Considering the story, a man would have made more sense. This particular woman was shrill, over-exuberant, and talked way too fast. I tried slowing the narration down, but still couldn't listen to it. I was looking forward to becoming reacquainted with Lord Peter, but ended up hugely disappointed instead.

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    • Cassandra B Skelton
    • 17/10/2015

    A true post Great War mystery!

    It took a bit to get into this novel, but I really enjoyed it once I did.

    I was childishly excited to know that I read a book originally published in 1923. It's wild to know all the nuances and sayings were true to form. I can't get enough of how the English added 'what' to the end of it all - delightful!

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    • KRCZM
    • 30/11/2020

    I REALLY wanted to like this

    I've never read anything by this author before but from the description I thought it would be a fast Agatha Christie-esque type of mystery, and was excited to try something new. I feel like it could have been a very interesting story, but the narrator was terrible. If I could give her negative stars, I would. It makes zero sense to me that ANY DIRECTOR would approve this reading and actually publish it so that other people had to listen to it this way. First of all, the narrator spoke way too fast. She also ran everything together, and made very little distinctions in the voices of the different characters. It was extremely difficult to follow who was saying what, or even to understand her at many points because her speaking was so fast and unclear. She was also so overly excitable and overemphasized everynsingle sentence, rather than reading in a calm even tone and emphasizing just those items that needed to be a little bit more dramatic. I had to keep backing it up to try to make sense of which characters were speaking, what they were saying, and what was going on. No audiobook should require that much work. I really kept trying to listen, and really wanted the book and narrator to reach their stride, but it never happened. It is very rare that I start an audiobook and not finish it at all, but eventually I got to the point that I no longer cared who did it, or what the resolution to the story was...I just wanted it to stop. I wound up stopping about two and a half hours in with no desire to continue. A better narrator would have made all the difference in the world I think, because the story and the characters themselves seemed very interesting. Maybe I'll read it in hard copy one day... but never again will I try to listen to this. It would be interesting to see the story as it was intended, instead of this farce of a representation.

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    • Sisyfee
    • 24/07/2017

    Herausragende Sprecherin !

    Die Geschichte macht Spaß, wunderbares Englisch - aber das Beste ist die Specherin, die dem Buch durch sehr liebevolle Ausbildung der Charaktere eine Dimension dazugibt. Toll

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