Dorothy L Sayers Books

Author Dorothy Sayers was born on June 13 1893 in Oxford, United Kingdom, the only child her parents had. Her father was a reverend and chaplain of Christ Church and headmaster of the Choir School. It was he who taught her Latin while she was only six. The small village of Bluntisham-cum Earith was where she grew up when her father was living there as the rector. The names in the church graveyard where used by Sayers in a novel she wrote called “The Nine Tailors”. She had a son with a man named Bill White, and the child was raised by her aunt and cousin. They passed the child off as Sayers’s nephew. After she had released two of her detective novels, she marred a Scottish journalist named Captain Oswald Atherton Fleming (he used the professional name Artherton Fleming and was also referred to as Mac) on April 6, 1926. They lived in Bloomsbury in house that she would live in until she died. They worked, Fleming worked as an author and a journalist, and she worked as a copywriter in advertising and worked as an author. The job that she had the longest (besides being a writer) was from 1922 until 1931 where she worked as a copywriter at S. H. Benson’s advertising agency. Sayers was quite successful while working this job. Variations of her ads still appear today. She died of a coronary thrombosis on December 17, 1957 in Witham, Essex at the age of 64. She left her son (who did not know she was his mother) everything when she died. She was preceded by her husband who died in 1950.

Order of Lord Peter Wimsey Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Whose Body? 1923 Description / Buy
2 Clouds of Witness 1926 Description / Buy
3 Clouds of Witness 1926 Description / Buy
4 Unnatural Death 1927 Description / Buy
5 The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1928 Description / Buy
6 Lord Peter Views the Body 1928 Description / Buy
7 Strong Poison 1930 Description / Buy
8 Five Red Herrings 1931 Description / Buy
9 Have His Carcase 1932 Description / Buy
10 Hangman's Holiday 1933 Description / Buy
11 Murder Must Advertise 1933 Description / Buy
12 The Nine Tailors 1934 Description / Buy
13 Gaudy Night 1935 Description / Buy
14 Busman's Honeymoon 1937 Description / Buy
15 Busman's Honeymoon A Love Story 1937 Description / Buy
16 In the Teeth of the Evidence 1939 Description / Buy
17 Striding Folly 1973 Description / Buy
18 Lord Peter And Harriet 2005 Description / Buy
19 The Wimsey Papers—The Wartime Letters and Documents of the Wimsey Family 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Thrones, Dominations 1998 Description / Buy
2 A Presumption of Death 2002 Description / Buy

Order of The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 1, 1899-1936 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 2, 1937-1943 1998 Description / Buy
3 The letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 3, 1944-1950 1999 Description / Buy
4 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1951-1957 2000 Description / Buy
5 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: Child and Woman of Her Time 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Short Story Collections

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1 A Treasury of Sayers Stories 1958 Description / Buy
2 Great Tales of Detection 1961 Description / Buy
3 Human And Inhuman Stories 1963 Description / Buy
4 The Dragon's Head 1975 Description / Buy
5 Poetry Of Dorothy L. Sayers 1996 Description / Buy
6 The Complete Stories 2002 Description / Buy
7 Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror - Volume I. 2008 Description / Buy
8 Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror - Volume II. 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Documents In The Case 1930 Description / Buy
2 The Zeal of Thy House 1937 Description / Buy
3 The Man Born to Be King 1943 Description / Buy
4 Four Sacred Plays 1948 Description / Buy
5 Wilkie Collins (Short Story) 1977 Description / Buy
6 Two Plays about God and Man 1985 Description / Buy
7 Behind the Screen 1987 Description / Buy
8 The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
9 The Travelling Rug (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
10 The Devil to Pay (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
11 Strong Meat (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
12 Love All (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
13 The Song of Roland 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Op. I (Short Story) 1916 Description / Buy
2 Creed or Chaos? (Short Story) 1940 Description / Buy
3 The Mind of the Maker 1941 Description / Buy
4 The Just Vengeance 1946 Description / Buy
5 The Lost Tools of Learning 1947 Description / Buy
6 Essays Presented to Charles Williams 1947 Description / Buy
7 Unpopular Opinions 1951 Description / Buy
8 The Emperor Constantine 1951 Description / Buy
9 The Days of Christ's Coming 1960 Description / Buy
10 The Whimsical Christian 1969 Description / Buy
11 Introductory Papers on Dante 1969 Description / Buy
12 Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society 1970 Description / Buy
13 Wilkie Collins a Critical and Biographical Study 1977 Description / Buy
14 Further Papers on Dante 1980 Description / Buy
15 Spiritual Writings 1993 Description / Buy
16 Sayers on Holmes (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
17 Letters to a Diminished Church 2004 Description / Buy
18 The Christ Of The Creeds (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
19 He That Should Come (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
20 Why Work? 2014 Description / Buy
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Dorothy Sayers wrote poetry, essays, plays, and even did some translations. She is most known for the series of mysteries that she wrote between the First and Second World Wars that star amateur sleuth and aristocrat named Lord Peter Wimsey. In these stories, she does not write pure mysteries but looks at the problems that veterans of World War One had, supporting women’s education, and role in society. She claimed that her translation of the Divine Comedy by Dante to be her best work.


Some of her work has been adapted into movies. These include “Clouds of Witness”, “Murder Must Advertise”, “The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club”, “The Nine Tailors”, and Five Red Herrings. All of these starred Ian Carmichael. The ones that starred Edward Petherbridge are “Strong Poison”, “Have His Carcase”, and “Gaudy Night”.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Dorothy Sayers, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Whose Body?”, “Clouds of Witness”, and “Unnatural Death”.

Whose Body?: This is the first novel in the “Lord Peter Wimsey” series and was released in the year 1923. A naked body is found in a bath tub, which is not unusual for a bath. It is unusual for a murder though. Especially since the body had gold pince-nez set on the sightless eyes. After death, it would seem the face was shaved. It is assumed by the police that the victim was a well to do financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey knows better. And he dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby. He will untangle the mystery of the corpse in the bath.

Clouds of Witness: This is the second novel in the “Lord Peter Wimsey” series and was released in the year 1926. The Wimsey family retreat (Riddlesdale Lodge) is a rustic place that is full of the atmosphere of the thrill of the hunt and country pleasures. That is, until one day the game that turned up was human and dead. The man lie near the chrysanthemums, had on a dinner jacket and slippers. He was soon to be Lord Peter’s brother in law. Wimsey’s own brother is accused of murder. If that is not enough to boggle the mind of Wimsey, perhaps a vanishing midnight letter that came from Egypt, a bullet meant for one specific Wimsey, and a fiance full of grief and suitcase in hand will be.

Unnatural Death: This is the third novel in the “Lord Peter Wimsey” series and was released in the year 1927. The wealthy old woman is dead. That is the good news, the bad being that she died before she was expected to. The trail leads from a lovely village in Hampshire, a nice London flat, and a careful test of a secret affair that was staged by Wimsey.

When Does The Next Dorothy L Sayers book come out?

Dorothy L Sayers doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Busman's Honeymoon A Love Story and was released on October, 18th 2019. It is the newest book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Series.