The Complete, Annotated Whose Body?

Dorothy L. Sayers’ debut novel about Lord Peter Wimsey, out of copyright, has been published in trade paperback, Kindle and other e-readers. From Peschel Press through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Available at all fine bookstores and online.

In the Harrisburg area, copies are available at the Midtown Scholar (in the local authors section near the front) and Cupboard Maker Books.

An 80-page excerpt from the book is available in PDF format. Download excerpt from “The Complete, Annotated Whose Body?”

There is also a Pinterest page dedicated to “Dorothy L. Sayers & Her World.


The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? book cover by Dorothy L. Sayers and Bill PeschelWHEN A CHURCH ARCHITECT finds a naked man in his Battersea bathroom, Lord Peter Wimsey is on the case! The aristocratic amateur detective, accompanied by his camera-bearing manservant Bunter, follows a trail of blood as he pursues stock market manipulation, medical malpractice and Lord Brocklebury’s edition of Dante. But the curious case of the bathing body turns darker and deadlier as Lord Peter uncovers a ghastly crime.

PUBLISHED IN 1923, WHOSE BODY? was Dorothy L. Sayer’s debut novel. Bill Peschel has provided hundreds of footnotes to guide the reader through Lord Peter’s world, describing words, objects and ideas that were familiar to Sayers’ readers but obscure or unknown today.

* More than 500 notes on English history, aristocracy, religion, society and literature.
* Three maps of London showing locations important to the novel.
* Essays about England in the 1920s, such as anti-Semitism, finance and crime.
* Timelines of the life of Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey’s cases.

One of the great mystery novelists of the 20th century, DOROTHY L. SAYERS was born in Oxford in 1893 and was one of the first women to be granted a degree by Oxford University. She wrote more than a dozen Lord Peter novels and short stories, and three more novels were written by Jill Paton Walsh. She died in 1957.

BILL PESCHEL is a longtime editor and Sayers fan whose Wimsey Annotations at has delighted mystery fans for over a decade. Peschel is also the author of WRITERS GONE WILD: The Feuds, Frolics and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts and Misanthropes (Penguin Books).

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