Title: The Complete, Annotated Whose Body?
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers, The Story
Author: Bill Peschel, Notes and Essays
Genre: Crime Fiction
Published By: Peschel Press, August 16, 2011
About The Author Dorothy L. Sayers: She was born in Oxford, England in 1893 and died at 64 in Witham, England in 1957. Her life was filled with the pursuit of writing. She was an essayist, playwright, novelist, translator, copywriter, and poet. Her first novel is Whose Body? Her main character, Lord Peter, continues through eleven novels and two sets of short stories.
About The Author Bill Peschel: Bill Peschel has written for the last 20 years. In his past, he’s written reviews, press releases, feature articles and ad copy. Currently, he is doing what he has done with Dorothy L. Sayers’ book. He takes public domain works that continue to be of interest to readers and adds annotations, essays, timelines and other bits of interesting information. He’s published The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary in 2013, using Sayers second novel Secret Adversary and most recently The Complete Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. Bill Peschel presently lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania. If you would like further information about Bill Peschel here is the link to his Web site. www.planetpeschel.com
About The Story: An unknown naked man wearing glasses is found in a bathtub in a house that the owners have no idea who he is or how he got there. Lord Peter, an amateur sleuth with a good sense of humor and well-educated, is intrigued with the case and sets out to solve who the man is and how he got there. There is also another murder in town which Mr. Parker, a detective, brings to his attention. Lord Peter’s gut tells him that these two dead men are somehow connected. They set out to solve both crimes.
Review: Mr. Bills Peschel has done a worthwhile service to the greater understanding of the vocabulary and remarks within the dialog and references to the then current literature, plays, etc. There is much joking and riddles that are part of the character’s dialog that would be missed and take away from the pleasure of the story without his footnotes. If you like crime fiction and enjoy unearthing some older great reads and perhaps a fan of Sherlock Holmes and the like, then certainly this book is one is recommended.
Excerpts With Corresponding Footnotes:
“He did all that, and unless he had nothing at stake, he had everything at stake. Either Sir Reuben Levy has been spirited away for some silly practical joke, or the man with the auburn hair has the guilt of murder upon his soul.”
“Dear me!” ejaculated36 the detective, “you’re very dramatic about it.”
36A common dialog tag of the time, used to indicate an impetuous response. Now that the meaning of the word has shifted, it has become a source of merriment, especially if used in a romance (e.g., “’I love you!’ he ejaculated cockily.”)
The except below takes place when Lord Peter tells his detective friend Mr. Parker that he should stay the night because someone may try to pick him off.
The taxi drove off. Parker remounted the stairs and rang Lord Peter’s bell.
“Thanks, old man, he said. I’ll stop the night, after all.”
“Come in,” said Wimsey.
“Did you see that?” asked Parker.
“I saw something. What happened exactly?”
Parker told his story. “Frankly,” he said, “I’ve been thinking you a bit mad, but now I’m not quite so sure of it.”
“Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.28 Bunter, Mr. Parker will stay the night.
28From John 20:29, when apostle Thomas said he will not believe that Jesus had risen, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side.” Jesus appeared before him and said, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”