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Description: Whose Body? : Paperback : Dover Publications Inc. : 9780486473628 : 0486473627 : 18 Nov 2009 : There's a dead body in his bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth, who debuted in this 1923 novel. The Book Depository Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Victor

Rating: 5

Review: Originally published in 1924, `Whose Body?' was the first book to feature Dorothy L Sayer's most famous creation, the Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey. This excellent radio dramatisation, first broadcast in 1973, is an excellent rendering of that fine book. Ian Carmichael stars as Wimsey, and perfectly captures his essential qualities. The easy going charming man about town, with a quick keen intellect and demons that haunt him after his experiences in the first world war. Carmichael is perfect in the part, and his voice sounds just like the one I hear when I read the books. I am however a bit biased, as Carmichael came from Hull, my home town for many years. The cast list reads like a who's who of British vocal talent, with Patricia Routledge as Wimsey's mother, Gabriel Woolfe as his friend Inspector Parker, Stephen Thorne as his nemesis Inspector Sugg and the wonderful Peter Jones as Wimsey's ineffable and indispensable manservant Bunter. With that much talent around a decent show is assured, and a decent show is what we get. The story starts when Mr Phipps discovers a body in his bath, wearing nothing but a pince-nez. A wealthy industrialist disappears at the same time, one who bears a resemblance to the corpse in the bath. Lord Peter has to untangle two tangle threads to arrive at the truth behind these strange events. The murderer becomes obvious quite early on, but the whole thing is done with so much charm that it is a joy to listen to anyway. And there are some quite outstanding moments, such as episode four where things get very dark for Wimsey, in a chilling sequence that is juxtaposed with a very lighthearted and almost funny scene in which Bunter interrogates another gentleman's valet. It works perfectly to make one of the best half hours of radio that I have heard. The story is split into 5 half hour episodes, spread over two discs. Episode three is plit between discs one and two. Sound production and clarity is excellent for a recording that is now 40 years old, it sounded as though it was recorded yesterday. Liner notes are actually quite extensive and interesting, and a lot better than the BBC's usual record in this department. In all a 5 star dramatisation of a 5 star book. I loved it, it just flew by. 5 stars.

 

Author: Alimarcam

Rating: 3

Review: There were far too many characters & I got very lost early on trying to work out who was who. There were times when the narrative flowed very well and I was totally caught up in the plot but other times, it was very clunky and it felt as though some parts of the novel had been written by someone other than Sayers. I glazed over pages that were boring & made no sense. Some of it was to do with the period vernacular but sometimes it felt there was a lot of filler. For example on p.73 & p.75 there are ridiculously long contemplations along the lines of of A) did this & X) did that, which made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever so I didn’t read them. I don’t understand how Lord Peter’s friend Charles Parker is a policeman investigating the same crime as Lord Peter yet isn’t working with Sugg of Scotland Yard. There were some beautifully tender moments for example the first time Lord Peter has an episode related to shell-shock. His ‘man’ Bunter looks after him in a way that was subtly but exquisitely expressed on p.138. On p.189 there is a confession which mentions a coincidence involving a character I’d completely forgotten about. Another example of the author assuming the reader will remember every single character. A bit more background was definitely needed as I had no clue who the person mentioned was. Overall, if this had been edited & was 40 pages shorter, I would have given 4 stars.

 

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