Sayer’s “Whose Body?”: Romanticized Crime

“A grey suit, I fancy, neat but not gaudy, with a hat to tone, suits my other self better. Exit the amateur of first editions; new motive introduced by solo bassoon; enter Sherlock Holmes, disguised as a walking gentleman” (Sayer 13)

Sayers, Dorothy L. Whose Body?. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1923.

The reference to Sherlock Holmes and his concern for his appearance to a crime site indicates that Lord Peter idealizes being a detective—being just like Sherlock Holmes. It implies that he holds more interest dressing and acting as the role of an investigator character.

Sayers, “Whose Body?”: Mystery and Social Issues

” I am sorry,” she said , “ I’m afraid we can’t interfere in any way. This is a very unpleasant business,
Mr. – I’m afraid I didn’t catch your name, and we have always found it better not to be mixed up with the police. Of course , if the Thippses are innocent,
and I am sure I hope they are, it is very unfortunate for them , but I must say that the circumstances seem to me most suspicious, and to Theophilus too, and I
should not like to have it said that we had assisted murderers. Wemight even be supposed to be accessories. Of course you are young, Mr.- ” (51).

Sayers, Dorothy Leigh. Whose Body?. United Kingdom, Boni and Liveright, 1923.

This response from Mrs. Appledore shows how much they take pride in her family’s “respectable” reputation and wouldn’t want anything to muddle it. Any involvement with the police would do so, even if it were to help prove someone innocent.