Hangman's Holiday

Dorothy L. Sayers

Illustrated by Paul Cox

The second Dorothy L. Sayers collection from Folio brings together more addictive mysteries starring gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and his travelling salesman counterpart, Montague Egg. Illustrated by Folio favourite Paul Cox.

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A well-dressed gentleman with a love of antiquarian books, cricket and fine wine: Lord Peter Wimsey does not sound the most daunting prospect for a hardened criminal, yet crooks of all kinds would do well not to underestimate the infamous amateur detective. In this, our second collection of Dorothy L. Sayers short stories, Lord Peter is joined by her other celebrated sleuth, the travelling salesman Montague Egg. Ever ready to help with his polite if insistent manner, ’Monty-on-the-spot’ often finds himself in the midst of a perplexing mystery; in these stories Sayers indulges her passion for especially fiendish puzzles.

‘Well, Langley’, said Lord Peter, as he manipulated the syphon, ‘a more abominable crime it has never been my fortune to discover’

Production Details

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Ehrhardt with Odessa display

240 pages

Black & white title-page spread and 43 black & white integrated illustrations

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 5¾˝

A leading figure in literary mysteries

Rather like her aristocratic hero, Sayers’s writing is deceptively light, dazzling with expertly drawn characters and charming wit, while hinting that darker currents move just beneath the surface. Frequently celebrated as one of the greats of Golden age crime, Sayers was a prolific writer, with the endlessly popular Lord Peter starring in 11 novels and numerous short stories. From 1949 to 1957, Sayers was president of the Detection Club, a position also held by such luminaries as G. K. Chesterton and Agatha Christie.

‘She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.’

  1. P. D. James

Tales from two delightfully different sleuths

These 12 stories see Lord Peter and Montague Egg face a startling range of villains and mysteries. In ‘The Case of the Fourth Dimension’, Lord Peter must assist a man who is haunted by his own reflection, and in ‘The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey’, he briefly sheds his detective persona to become a magician – complete with robes, incantations and performing cats – all in order to rescue a woman caught in a horrifying trap. Montague Egg must defend the reputation of his employers in ‘The Poisoned Dow ’08’, when it appears that a rogue bottle of port has led to a violent death, and in ‘One Too Many’, Egg finds himself on the trail again when a prominent businessman vanishes from a train. Produced in series with Lord Peter Views the Body, this edition features an abundance of lively illustrations from artist Paul Cox, and an elegant binding in blue and silver. 

About Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in Oxford in 1893, the only child of an Anglo-Irish reverend. Displaying an early passion for languages, she graduated with first-class honours from Somerville College, Oxford, in 1915. Her first novel, Whose Body? (1923), introduced her much-loved hero, Lord Peter Wimsey, who would become her most famous creation and the detective of 11 novels and numerous short stories. In recognition of her impact on the Golden Age of crime fiction, Sayers was made president of the Detection Club in 1949, a post also held by Agatha Christie and G. K. Chesterton. A prolific writer, Sayers could turn her hand to almost anything, from writing BBC radio plays to translating Dante’s Divine Comedy. She died in December 1957.

About Paul Cox

Paul Cox is one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable illustrators. Born and raised in London, he remained there to study at the Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art in Kensington. His unquestionable talent has seen him receive commissions from newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, Vanity Fair and The Times. Cox has provided illustrations for some of Folio’s best-loved books, including Experiences of an Irish RM (1984), My Family and Other Animals (2017) and a host of P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster novels.


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