Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

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I’ve just re-read a classic mystery by renowned British author Dorothy L. Sayers. Whose Body? is, in fact, her very first novel, published in 1923.

Sayers’ main character is Lord Peter Wimsey, a quirky aristocrat and amateur detective whose title gives him some leeway to “interfere” in police work. In this first novel, Wimsey’s mother calls to tell him that dear Mr. Thipps, the son of her longtime friend, has found a dead body in the bathtub of the Thipps apartment.


On the same day, a wealthy financier has gone missing. Wimsey’s police friend, Parker, is sent to the bathtub scene to see whether the corpse is that of the financier. There’s a superficial resemblance, but everyone soon realizes it’s a different man. Everyone except Inspector Sugg, who promptly arrests the Thippses’ maid.

Lord Peter, aided and abetted by Parker, painstakingly unravels the few fine threads of clues that exist.

I enjoyed meeting all the characters, even the stubborn Inspector Sugg. Apparently I’m not alone–Sayers produced at least a dozen Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

If you like mysteries and haven’t yet discovered Dorothy Sayers, I think you’ll enjoy this Great Weekend Read.

Thanks for reading,

About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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