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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.
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’
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Ehrhardt with Odessa display
Black & white title-page spread and 43 black & white integrated illustrations
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.’
- 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.
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