Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My only quibble with this book is that Lord Peter says "what" way too often. It was distracting.
This was a wonderful mystery, with a complicated, but solvable problem and good characters who behaved in reasonable ways. The Dowager Duchess of Denver (Lord Peter's mom) is a good foil to Peter, helpful but wacky in her own way. This book was what I expect you would get if you crossed Wodehouse P. G. (Pelham Grenville) with Agatha Christie. Lord Peter has the same witty insouciance as Bertie Wooster, and an exemplary butler who helps detect on the side, but is much smarter and ultimately more serious. His war experiences, which are brought out toward the end of this novel, add a gravity to the character that is a contrast to his more flippant side. He is also a collector of rare books and the details about his book collection were interesting.