Dorothy L Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers was an English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She was also a student of classical and modern languages.


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  1. 1. Gaudy Night

    "Gaudy Night" is a mystery novel set in a women's college at Oxford University. The protagonist, a successful mystery novelist, is invited back to her alma mater as a guest of honor and soon finds herself embroiled in a series of disturbing incidents, including poison pen letters, vandalism, and threats. As she investigates, she is forced to confront her own feelings about intellectual pursuits versus emotional commitments. The novel explores themes of women's roles in society, the value of education, and the balance between personal life and professional ambition.

    The 675th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Murder Must Advertise

    When a copywriter at an advertising agency suspiciously dies in a fall, a private detective goes undercover to investigate the circumstances. He discovers a world of drugs, blackmail, and deceit hidden behind the agency's seemingly ordinary facade. As he delves deeper, he must unravel a web of secrets and lies to solve the murder, all while maintaining his cover and navigating the competitive world of advertising.

    The 875th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Nine Tailors

    In this mystery novel, a car accident strands a detective in a small English village during New Year's Eve. He is roped into participating in a nine-hour bell-ringing marathon at the local church. Weeks later, a disfigured body is discovered in a grave, leading to a complex investigation involving stolen emeralds, a decades-old robbery, and a lethal "curse" tied to the tolling of the church bells. The detective must unravel the intricate puzzle to reveal the killer's identity.

    The 721st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Strong Poison

    In this classic detective novel, a mystery writer is accused of poisoning his former lover with arsenic-laced pralines, leading to a high-stakes trial that seems certain to end in a guilty verdict. However, an aristocratic amateur sleuth, intrigued by the case and convinced of the writer's innocence, sets out to uncover the truth. With the help of his keen intellect and a small circle of friends, he delves into the victim's complex personal life, uncovering a web of relationships and motives. Through a series of clever deductions and a bit of undercover work, the detective not only saves the accused from the gallows but also stumbles upon an unexpected romantic entanglement of his own.

    The 2043rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Whose Body?

    In this classic detective novel, a perplexing mystery unfolds when a dead body is discovered in a bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez glasses. The protagonist, an aristocratic amateur sleuth with a sharp wit and keen intellect, is drawn into the investigation. As he delves deeper, navigating through a web of deceit, societal pressures, and the intricacies of the English legal system, he uncovers a complex plot involving mistaken identities, financial fraud, and deeply buried secrets. With a blend of humor, psychological insight, and suspense, the story keeps readers engaged until the surprising resolution is revealed.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Clouds Of Witness

    In this classic detective novel, an aristocratic family is embroiled in scandal when the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering his sister's fiancé. His brother, an amateur sleuth with a sharp intellect and keen eye for detail, takes on the case to clear the family name. As he delves into the mystery, he navigates a web of societal expectations, hidden motives, and damning evidence, employing his wit and resourcefulness to unravel the truth. Set against the backdrop of the English countryside and London's foggy streets, the story combines elements of a traditional whodunit with the intricacies of early 20th-century high society, leading to a courtroom climax where family secrets and unexpected revelations come to light.

    The 4596th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Busman’s Honeymoon

    On their honeymoon, a newlywed detective couple find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery when they discover the previous owner of their new home dead in the cellar. As they piece together the clues, they encounter a number of suspicious characters, including the victim's estranged son, a disgruntled maid, and a mysterious visitor. Balancing their marital bliss with the grim realities of a murder investigation, they must work together to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice.

    The 4869th Greatest Book of All Time