Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Storiesby Published 23 Jul 2002
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A sure treat for Dorothy L. Sayers's legions of fans, The Complete Stories is the ultimate collectible. This delightfully gruesome collection captures all of Sayers's short stories in one volume. The tantalizing puzzles and baffling cases will provide mystery lovers with a sumptuous feast of criminal doings and all those amusing and appalling things that happen on the way to the gallows.
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Dorothy Sayers is a fantastic mystery writer. She presents wonderful characters with clever puzzles and often solves the mysteries with a bit of humor. In this collection I preferred the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. He is by far her best character. There are also several Montague Egg mysteries, although I find him less entertaining. The collection wraps up with a series of mysteries with no specific character leading them, which makes you realize why she created Lord Peter.
For the most part lighthearted. Lord Peter is charmingly flippant, Monty Egg sincere and touching. The final collection are miscellaneous mysteries, and because they were not always told from the perspective of the detective (instead sometimes from that of the murderer or the hunted) were darker and more psychologically gripping. These last were particularly inventive, where Sayers displays her ability to keep fresh a theme no matter how many times she uses it. My particular favorite for this reason was An Arrow O’er the House. I was astounded at her vast knowledge throughout: of wines, medicine, herbology, and particularly classical history and literature. Despite my education in classics, she frequently went well over my head. This was my Sunday book for a long time, and I will miss it. I would love to read her novels someday.
I hadn't read much Sayers before this collection. I certainly knew about the Lord Peter Whimsey stories, and I knew that she's seen as one of the grandmasters of the classical genre, but I hadn't waded into her work before. This book makes a nice survey of it. It encapsulates all the Whimsey stories that aren't novels, all the Montague Egg (traveling salesman of wine and spirits) stories, and a few others to boot. A few thoughts:
* The Whimsey stories are generally satisfying as character studies, but not as mysteries, for me. Usually the mystery turns on some bit of tomfoolery or obscure knowledge that the reader couldn't or wouldn't happen on, but the scenarios are enjoyable and diverse.
* By contrast, the Monty Egg stories are much closer to being "Fair Game" mysteries and are thus more enjoyable. I also like the character of the genial liquor salesman who quotes extensively from The Salesman's Handbook.
* The remaining stories in the collection often work on twists in the way that stories with continuing characters cannot. These last operate much like Roald Dahl's more interesting stories, or perhaps some of the non-supernatural stories from Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
* All the novels give strong insight into the British culture of the 20th century. Lord Peter's stories are consistently haunted by the war, which damaged so many of his peers (including Whimsey himself). The Egg stories also highlight the stratification of the different roles. One moment in particular worked well when Egg turns on his "lady of the house" charm for an housekeeper, realizing that the normal attitude he takes with servants won't do for this lady.
* I was also pleased to see at least two (maybe three) references to Dr. Crippen, the renouned wife-murderer who tried to flee to America and was caught using Marconi's wireless. Ever since I read Erik Laarsen's Thunderstruck, I'm startled by how often I see references to Crippen. He's the Dahmer of his day (or perhaps the Scott Petersen).
A good set of stories. I look forward to reading a couple Sayers novels at some point.
Clever, fun interesting short mysteries by a master of the genre. Her characters are a delight, the stories are devious and the final twists are amazing. A great book to read.
These really are superb. Took me over a year to read (alongside other things) but well worth reading this nearly 800 page collection of short stories. I think Lord Peter Whimsey and Montague Egg are my favourites.