|In the Teeth of the Evidence / Dorothy L.Sayers|
NY: Harper, 1993, c1939.
Certainly a mixed set of stories that present differing atmospheres and themes, though all clearly by Sayers. Even her so-so stories can be better than many other writers. While this isn't my favourite of her books, there are still a couple of stories that I'd go back to reread. Worth exploring, anyhow!
|Striding Folly / Dorothy L. Sayers|
NY: Hodder Stoughton, 2017, c1972.
It is made up of an essay on Sayers, some info about the character of Lord Peter himself, and then three short stories. The first only has Peter stepping in at the end to solve the mystery, rather deus ex machina. The second, The Haunted Policeman, is to me the only one worth reading, and even it is flawed. Lord Peter, after the birth of his second son, is up late and encounters a policeman doing his rounds who has seen something very mysterious on their street. Elements of misdirection and possible supernatural elements lift this one up to something readable. The final story, Talboys, set at the house where Peter and Harriet had their honeymoon, features their children and is dreary and sentimental.
At some point, a story is exhausted, and authors should just stop writing. Once Peter and Harriet marry, the overarching story is done. Nothing after that is really interesting. Perhaps Sayers herself had lost interest by this point; in any case, this is one example of short stories in a mystery series that just don't work. You can easily skip this one.