Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers: Review
Lord Peter is a nobleman whose hobby is solving crimes. His mother the Dowager Duchess of Denver calls him up with the details of a peculiar crime. A naked body has been found in the bathtub of her vicar's architect. Well, he's not quite naked, he's wearing a pair of glasses.
The appearance of this body coincides with the disappearance of a prominent financier, Sir Reuben Levy. The police, headed by Inspector Sugg, arrest the mousy architect for murder and conclude that the body is that of Sir Levy. Lord Peter has his doubts and starts his own investigation which lead into some interesting places.
Whose Body? seemed to take awhile to come to a conclusion but it is very well written. The characterizations are excellent. At first, Peter seems like a flake but he turns out to be a lot deeper than he seems.
Something I noticed that I thought was peculiar was how much Lord Peter could get away with. He tampered with evidence and used his status to do things other people couldn't. The well-dressed folks on CSI Miami would be appalled!
I figured out who did it about halfway through, just not why he did it. It was a decent mystery. I'll give Sayers another go some other time.
About the audiobook: This was a LibriVox recording and ran 6 1/2 hours. Unfortunately, it had 2 narrators who alternated chapters. Both ladies (Kristin Hughes and Kara Shallenberg) were very good but each had differing American accents. Each lady also had a different tone when they read. Ms Hughes was subdued while Ms Shallenberg was quite perky. It tended to pull me out of the story when a new chapter started. I wish one person had read the entire book.