Foibles Episode 9 Pt. 2: The Scandal- Dorothy L Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey Novels


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Episode 9 "Lord Peter Wimsey Novels" Shownotes

Links to Pictures of Dorothy's Crushes and Flames:


Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E minor Op. 44/2- 3. Andante

Wimsey novels in chronological order:

Whose Body? (1923) Clouds of Witness (1926) Unnatural Death (1927) The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928) Strong Poison (1931)- Xoe's Fav The Five Red Herrings (1931) Have His Carcase (1932) - Rita's favorite Murder Must Advertise (1933) - Rita and Xoe's favorite The Nine Tailors (1934)- Xoe's favorite Gaudy Night (1935) Busman's Honeymoon (1937)


Brabazon, James. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Biography, 1981. Coomes, David. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life, 1992. Dale, Alzina Stone. The Story of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1978. Hitchman, Janet. Such a Strange Lady, 1975. Kenney, Catherine McGehee. The Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1990. (A scholarly look at the themes of social criticism in Sayers' work.) Reynolds, Barbara. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul, 1993. (The best one in my opinion. It is writen in an open, modern style and contain many more pictures than than the others.)


The best series - A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery. BBC, 1987. This cover 3 out 4 of the Wimsey/Vane books - Strong Poison (in which they meet and Peter saves Harriet from the gallows), Have His Carcase (in which Harriet finds a body, which subsequently disappears, and partners with Peter in investigating and solving the murder), Gaudy Night (in which Harriet goes back Oxford for a reunion and runs into a mystery about a vicious vandal; while the plots thickens, so does their romance). Best Wimsey is Edward Petherbridge and best Vane is Harriet Walter, both of whom are in this series.

The other series was made by the BBC in 1970. It starred Ian Carmichel as Wimsey. Carmichel looks nothing like Wimsey and, to my mind, does not act like Wimsey either. This series includes: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club The Nine Tailors Murder Must Advertise Five Red Herrings Clouds of Witness

There were also a couple films made, both of which Sayers absolutely hated. They are: The Silent Passenger, 1935, British, starring John Loden and Peter Haddon. Busman's Honeymoon (US: The Haunted Honeymoon), starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings, 1940.

A short Interview with Edward Petherbridge on playing Lord Peter Wimsey:

Link to an article illustration about Sayer's advertisment for Guiness:

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