Dorothy L Sayers Books

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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

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1 Whose Body? 1923 Description / Buy
2 Clouds of Witness 1926 Description / Buy
3 Unnatural Death 1927 Description / Buy
4 Lord Peter Views the Body 1928 Description / Buy
5 The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1928 Description / Buy
6 Strong Poison 1930 Description / Buy
7 Five Red Herrings 1931 Description / Buy
8 Have His Carcase 1932 Description / Buy
9 Hangman's Holiday 1933 Description / Buy
10 Murder Must Advertise 1933 Description / Buy
11 The Nine Tailors 1934 Description / Buy
12 Gaudy Night 1935 Description / Buy
13 Busman's Honeymoon 1937 Description / Buy
14 In the Teeth of the Evidence 1939 Description / Buy
15 Striding Folly 1973 Description / Buy

Order of Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane Series with Jill Paton Walsh

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1 Thrones, Dominations 1998 Description / Buy
2 A Presumption of Death 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Attenbury Emeralds 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Late Scholar 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Standalone Novels

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1 The Documents In The Case 1930 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Wimsey Papers (Short Story) 1939 Description / Buy
2 The Lost Tools of Learning (Short Story) 1947 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Short Story Collections

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1 A Treasury of Sayers Stories 1958 Description / Buy
2 Two Plays about God and Man 1985 Description / Buy
3 Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Stories 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Chapbooks

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1 The Emperor Constantine 1951 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Standalone Plays

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1 The Man Born to Be King 1943 Description / Buy

Order of Dorothy L Sayers Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Mind of the Maker 1941 Description / Buy
2 Unpopular Opinions 1946 Description / Buy
3 Creed or Chaos? (Short Story) 1947 Description / Buy
4 Further Papers on Dante ( With: Barbara Reynolds) 1957 Description / Buy
5 Are Women Human? 1959 Description / Buy
6 The Days of Christ's Coming 1960 Description / Buy
7 Wilkie Collins a Critical and Biographical Study 1977 Description / Buy
8 The Whimsical Christian 1987 Description / Buy
9 Spiritual Writings 1993 Description / Buy
10 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 1, 1899-1936 1996 Description / Buy
11 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 2, 1937-1943 1998 Description / Buy
12 The letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 3, 1944-1950 1999 Description / Buy
13 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1951-1957 2000 Description / Buy
14 The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: Child and Woman of Her Time 2002 Description / Buy

Dorothy L Sayers Anthologies

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1 Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 1931 Description / Buy
2 The Floating Admiral 1931 Description / Buy
3 Ask a Policeman 1933 Description / Buy
4 More Anatomy of Murder 1936 Description / Buy
5 Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction 1948 Description / Buy
6 Human And Inhuman Stories 1963 Description / Buy
7 Nine Detective Stories 1964 Description / Buy
8 The Scoop and Behind the Screen 1983 Description / Buy
9 Double Death 1985 Description / Buy
10 English Country House Murders 1988 Description / Buy
11 Crime Never Pays 2001 Description / Buy
12 The Best Crime Stories Ever Told 2002 Description / Buy
13 Murder On The Railways 2003 Description / Buy
14 The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction 2004 Description / Buy
15 The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes 2012 Description / Buy
16 Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays 2019 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 The Late Scholar and was released on December, 5th 2013. It is the newest book in the Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane Series.

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