Dorothy Sayers – Where to Start with her Mystery Novels?

May 10, 2013 — 3 Comments

 

Like mystery novels?  Have you read the mysteries of Dorothy Sayers?

Dorothy Sayers is a writer often associated with C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, who wrote many books for Christian audiences. She considered her best work to be her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

We recently posed the question of where to start with her mystery novels to David Neuhouser, who is Scholar in Residence at Taylor University’s Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends (and Professor Emeritus at TU). Neuhouser has taught courses on Sayers, Lewis, Wendell Berry and perhaps his favorite, George Macdonald.


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Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

Start here…

“It is in Strong Poison that Lord Peter first meets Harriet Vane, an author of police fiction. The immediate problem is that she is on trial for her life, charged with murdering her former lover. If Lord Peter does not prove she is innocent, he will lose her before he even persuades her to accept his proposal of marriage. But all the clues point to Harriet as the one who gave Philip Boyes the arsenic that killed him.” (Wikipedia.com)

  • http://www.tammygrrrl.com/ Tammy Perlmutter

    Thanks for this!!! I’ve read the first two and will definitely finish with the others!

  • GinaRD

    I adore these books. Good piece.

  • TAO

    Regrettably, this list omits “Nine Tailors” — the most haunting and possibly the most accomplished of the Wimsey novels.