Three things Seattle Times arts staff loves this week of Oct. 28, 2012: a four-paperback set of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries; the avant-garde variety show "12 Minutes Max" at On the Boards; and the BBC miniseries "The Crimson Petal and the White," with Romola Garai and Gillian Anderson, On DVD and Encore...

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Dorothy L. Sayers

Fans of Sayers’ impeccably tailored and mannered sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, know that tales of his exploits are long out of print, and reissues of any, let alone a set, are few and far between. They may rise as one and cheer, however, thanks to a handsome set of four paperbacks, in suitable Art Deco-inspired covers, just published by Harper Collins’ Bourbon Street Books imprint. The quartet traces the genteel romance between Wimsey and mystery writer Harriet Vane, perfect for Sayers newcomers or faithful followers: “Have His Carcase,” “Gaudy Night,” “Busman’s Honeymoon” and “Strong Poison.” ($14.99 each)

Melissa Davis, Weekend Plus editor

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’12 Minutes Max’

On the Boards’ showcase for rising Seattle talents in theater, dance and music is the best kind of crapshoot. You never know what you’re going to get … and what you get might be our next local breakout story. This edition’s curators — dancer-choreographer Kate Wallich, writer-designer Eric Pitsenbarger and actor-director José Amador — have lined up an avant-garde variety show featuring two big local names, Paris Hurley and Korby Sears, among others. 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; $8 at the door (206-217-9888 or

Michael Upchurch,

Seattle Times arts writer


‘The Crimson Petal and the White’

Looking to get lost in a miniseries for four hours? Try “The Crimson Petal and the White,” the TV adaptation of Michel Faber’s raunchy Victorian-era novel that aired on BBC2 last year and is now available on DVD and on-demand. The cast is a treat (Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Amanda Hale and a nearly unrecognizable Gillian Anderson as a madam), the candlelit cinematography’s gorgeous, and the whole thing plays not as a pretty period piece, but an addled fever dream. Definitely R-rated; definitely worth immersing yourself in. On DVD and Encore on demand (under “Miniseries”).

Moira Macdonald,

Seattle Times movie critic

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