Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Beginning: The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers



For almost a century, the murder mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers have kept enthusiasts hungrily turning pages.

-- from the Introduction to The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays by Dorothy L. Sayers (Author), Carole Vanderhoof (Editor), C. S. Lewis (Afterword).

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her Golden Age mystery series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But she was also a respected classic translator, apologist, and theologian. This anthology traces faith-based themes through her popular fiction and other writings.

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  1. I've never read any books by Sayers. Is she good?

  2. I have to admit that this post set me thinking and checking out more about Dorothy L. Sayers.

    I used to be an avid reader of her Lord Peter Wimsey books, back in my teenage years, when I used to share my time between her, Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. However I had no idea that she wrote so many non-fiction books and was such a learned person.

    Have you read any of her fiction books for yourself I wonder?

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting post and have a good weekend :)


  3. I'm always up for a good mystery, so learning about an author that writes mysteries is interesting to me.

  4. I've read some of Sayers' fiction and her books are really good, but I've not read this book. It looks very interesting.

  5. I've heard Dorothey L. Sayers name around a lot but never actually read her work. I also had no idea she'd written and done so much outside of her mysteries. Sounds interesting!

  6. I've never read this author but I've heard great things about her. I should try one of her books.


  7. This book sounds good.

    I don't know this author, but I do like mysteries.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. This one caught my eye - it's an interesting idea.

    Yvonne ad Anne: I'm about halfway through the mystery novels and love them. I haven't read her short stories or any of the nonfiction. I have that to look forward to!

  9. I’ve actuslly never heard of her.


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