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Two friends sleuth their way through the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series by Dorothy L. Sayers

As My Wimsey Takes Me Charis Ellison and Sharon Hsu

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

Two friends sleuth their way through the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series by Dorothy L. Sayers

    Episode 19: HAVE HIS CARCASE, Part 2

    Episode 19: HAVE HIS CARCASE, Part 2

    In which Charis and Sharon return (at last!) to Wilvercombe, where Harriet Vane is joined by a familiar monocled face. Their discussion takes them through Chapter 8, including a summation of the evidence gathered so far, mild raptures over witty dialogue and the detective partnership of Peter and Harriet, and the question of taste, style, and class--when the distinction matters, and to whom. 


     


    This episode covers the fourth through eighth chapters of HAVE HIS CARCASE and does not give away the whodunnit.


     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 18: 'The Professor's Manuscript'

    Episode 18: 'The Professor's Manuscript'

    In which Charis and Sharon take a detour through a Sayers' short story that features a different detective than our eponymous Wimsey: Mr. Montague Egg, traveling salesman representing Messrs. Plummet and Rose. We follow Monty as he notices something amiss about a potential customer he is visiting in 'The Professor's Manuscript.' We also talk about the underlying class anxiety that the story betrays, as well as the personality traits Monty shares with Lord Peter. And we take some winding detours through theology, anti-capitalism, and more!


    Our next episode will return us to the shores of Wilvercombe and HAVE HIS CARCASE.


    For shownotes and the episode transcript, please visit asmywimseytakesme.com.

    • 54 min
    Episode 17: The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach

    Episode 17: The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach

    Surprise! We took an unplanned and unannounced long hiatus from the podcast because [waves hands vaguely at 2020]. Charis and Sharon are now back in the saddle and ready to tackle the rest of HAVE HIS CARCASE. But before we do that, we have a couple special episodes featuring two short stories from the Sayers canon. In this episode, we discuss the story "The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach," which sees Lord Peter back in Scotland for a gutsy adventure.

    Content note: In this episode, we discuss anti-Semitic views and writings contemporary to Sayers' time.

    • 52 min
    Episode 16: HAVE HIS CARCASE, part 1

    Episode 16: HAVE HIS CARCASE, part 1

    In which Charis and Sharon attempt to begin discussing HAVE HIS CARCASE, the seventh Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. Spoiler alert: they don't get very far. They cover their mutual love of the book's opening paragraph, the practice of the British walking tour, and Harriet Vane's discovery of a corpse. They then go on a very long tangent about the depiction of policing in detective fiction. Also: Harriet's relationship with the press, how various characters in the novel attempt to construct narratives for themselves, and Sayers' increasing attentiveness to place in the latter half of the Wimsey series.

    This episode covers the first three chapters of HAVE HIS CARCASE and does not give away the whodunnit.

    For shownotes and episode transcripts, please visit our website at www.asmywimseytakesme.com.

    • 54 min
    Episode 15: FIVE RED HERRINGS, Part 2

    Episode 15: FIVE RED HERRINGS, Part 2

    In which Charis and Sharon discuss the second half of FIVE RED HERRINGS. We’re joined once again by our friend Angela Hines, who represents the pro-timetables point of view.


    We reveal the Thing That Was Missing, briefly round up all the suspects, and re-visit our discussion of the Farren marriage as part of Sayers’ continuing theme of equality and inequality in relationships. We also discuss why Peter seems to get along well with artists, what Charis and Sharon find lacking (fraught emotions!), and what Angela finds in abundance (complex puzzle solving!) before revealing the whodunnit and outlining the final confrontation of the book.


    This episode covers the second half of the novel and gives away both the vital clue and the whodunnit.


    Visit our website at asmywimseytakesme.com for shownotes and episode transcripts!

    • 46 min
    Episode 14: FIVE RED HERRINGS, Part 1

    Episode 14: FIVE RED HERRINGS, Part 1

    In which Charis and Sharon return from their short hiatus to talk about traaaaaiiiiinnnnssss. That's right, this is the first of two episodes on THE FIVE RED HERRINGS! Our friend Angela Hines joins us to represent the pro-timetables point of view.





    We discuss Sayers' correspondence about the novel with her publisher, as well as how the book differs from the previous Lord Peter mysteries. We also cover the scene of the murder, discuss a depiction of marriage in THE FIVE RED HERRINGS, and get ourselves tangled up trying to distinguish which Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood version of "The Lady of Shalott" we're respectively referring to.





    This episode covers roughly the first half the novel and does not give away the whodunnit.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

ladyvyola ,

The podcast equivalent of Mervyn Bunter

This is settling in with a favorite book and finding it's as good as you remember it -- and full of extra goodness as well! The ideal companion for a reread.

Eclectc Mayhem ,

The podcast I didn't know I needed.

It's an absolute delight to go through Sayers' work in the company of the podcast's co-hosts. They're thoughful, precise, funny and unafraid to examine the more problematic areas of the Sayers' texts. Thank you so much for causing (yet another) Wimsey re-read!

Joy Reopelle Anderson ,

Peter + Harriet 4eva!

I loved the Wimsey books already, but this podcast has helped me look at them with new eyes, and really appreciate all the things Sayers does that really elevate them above some of her detective fiction colleagues. I’m re-reading the books as the podcast goes on, and I’m having a blast!

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