Dorothy L Sayers Society

The Dorothy L. Sayers Society was formed in 1976.  It promotes the study of the life and work of Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), who was a writer, scholar, poet, playwright and lay theologian. The Society encourages the performance of Sayers’ plays and the publication of texts by her and about her work and life.  The Society also maintains an extensive archive, preserving original material, providing information and assistance for researchers and devotees. Members come from all walks of life and from across the globe.  It is a truly international society.

Classics: The Nine Tailors: Stranded in the snowy Cambridgeshire Fens after damage to his car, Lord Peter Wimsey and his manservant, Bunter, are taken in by the Rev’d and Mrs Goodacre at Fenchurch St Paul.  Lord Peter investigates the discovery of a body. His main suspects are a group of church bellringers.

Gaudy Night: Set in a women’s college at Oxford, Harriet Vane, assisted by Lord Peter Wimsey, investigates the activities of a Poison Pen in the college.

Best starter novels: Murder Must Advertise: Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover in an advertising agency, investigating the death of a copywriter.  Lord Peter brushes up against the drugs trade, gangs and the seamier side of London society as well as working as a junior copywriter and playing a fine game of cricket.

Strong Poison: Lord Peter is determined to prove Harriet Vane’s innocence.  Accused of poisoning her lover, Harriet, a detective fiction writer, is arrested.  In the short weeks before a retrial, Lord Peter explores Bloomsbury as he investigates. 

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