Author of the Month: Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers came up with her most famous character, the aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, in the bath, a few blocks from the bookshop – in her rooms in 44 Mecklenburgh Square. (A surprising number of fictional detectives were invented in the bath: as well as Wimsey, Jonathan Creek and Gervase Fen, for starters. Inspector Morse was devised during a thunderstorm.) Sayers’ knack for characterisation and setting breathed new life into the stale formulae of the 1920s detective story; her books have never gone out of print. She worked in an advertising agency, inventing the Guinness Toucan and the slogan ‘Guinness Is Good For You’; she considered her own most lasting achievement to be her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy into rhymed terza rima. She died, in entirely unsuspicious circumstances, in 1957.

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Gaudy Night: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 12

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gayle recommends:

Harriet Vane appears in far too few of Dorothy L. Sayers’s novels, but she does take centre stage in the best, Gaudy Night. The mystery itself – a poison-pen in an Oxford ...

£9.99

The Divine Comedy 1: Hell

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

Guided by the poet Virgil, the author plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. Together they descend through the nine circles of the ...

£8.99

Clouds of Witness: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 2

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The second book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by journalist and crime novelist Ruth Dudley Edwards.

£9.99

Busman’s Honeymoon: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 13

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The thirteenth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer Natasha Cooper.

£9.99

Five Red Herrings: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 7

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The seventh book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by writer and journalist Barry Forshaw.

£9.99

Hangman’s Holiday: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 9

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The ninth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer David Mark.

£8.99

Have His Carcase: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 8

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The eighth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by bestselling thriller writer Lee Child.

£9.99

Murder Must Advertise: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 10

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The tenth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by bestselling crime writer Peter Robinson.

£9.99

Strong Poison: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 6

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gayle recommends:

I’ve never been so invested in a romance – even the ones I’ve been personally involved in – as I am in that of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. Strong Poison is ...

£9.99

The Documents in the Case

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

An epistolary crime novel from the creator of the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers: in this thrilling murder story she tells her story instead through the letters ...

£9.99

The Nine Tailors: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 11

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The eleventh book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer Jill Paton Walsh.

£9.99

Unnatural Death: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 3

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The third book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer Minette Walters.

£9.99

Whose Body? Lord Peter Wimsey Book 1

Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

The first book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by crime writer and reviewer Laura Wilson.

£9.99

The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatory

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers

From the publisher:

Beginning with Dante’s liberation from Hell, ‘Purgatory’ relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory – a mountain of nine levels, formed from ...

£9.99

The Divine Comedy 3: Paradise

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds

From the publisher:

Having climbed the Mount of Purgatory, Dante ascends to Heaven, continuing his soul’s search for God guided by his beloved, Beatrice. As he progresses through the spheres ...

£9.99