After finally finishing off the Sherlock Holmes canon, I've now decided to make the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries my next detective series project. I've read one of the books in this series before (The Nine Tailors) and I remember quite enjoying it but that was many years ago and for some reason I just never got around to reading any of the other books.
Although I've read a few reviews from people who have said that Whose Body? is fairly weak in comparison to the later books in the series, I still really liked this book for the most part. Sayers' descriptions are excellent and the mystery is decent but I enjoyed the book more for its deliciously witty dialogue and characters than anything else. Lord Peter himself is a hugely interesting and loveable character! He's warm, cultured, witty and sarcastic and is fiercely intelligent and endearingly vulnerable (he's suffering from PTSD). His friends Bunter and Charles are wonderful characters as well and I loved Peter's bromances with them! :D
I wouldn't class Whose Body? as being one of the very best mystery novels that I've read. There are a couple of very jarring and confusing switches from third to second-person narration and the book loses it way towards the end. Not only is the murderer obvious, their method of getting the body in the bath is extremely far-fetched and their written confession pretty tedious. But, again, I did still really like this book overall and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series which I hear are better. Rather than going reading the entire series in a year (as I did with the Sherlock Holmes canon) I've decided to give myself up to 18 months to finish off these books - simply because there are more books in this series than there are in the Sherlock Holmes canon.