Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey #10)
A bit of cocaine, a hint of blackmail, and some wanton women can be read between the lines. And then there is the bruta...more
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Quickie story roundup: Lord Peter Wimsey, for the first time in his life, is pulling in a salary (of £4 a week). Adopting the persona of Mr. Death Bredon, he becomes a copywriter in the advertising firm Pym's Publicity to investigate the mysterious death of one Victor Dean, and discovers that Dean's d...more
The story is well-plotted as always and there are several good red herrings. We have two mysteries to sort out: who killed Victor Dean and why and how? And who is funnelling cocaine into London on a...more
A peter Wimsey mystery, wherein Peter goes undercover in an ad agency, and then there are a lot of shenanigans, and also bad puns, and a climactic cricket match that made me snigger to myself for ten minutes straight, much to the consternation of my morning train seatmate.
(This is, incidentally, a pretty good place to start with Peter Wimsey. Not the chronological beginning of the seri...more
The snappiest of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, the fast pacing and a rather different setting than usual make it lots of fun. It's my favorite Peter story (except for Gaudy Night and the novella "Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves", heck, almost the entire collection of short stories....!). OK, I admit it,...more
I always skimp on this book because there is no true Peter-Harriet action; that said, it is infinitely meatier an...more
Also, I believe that Sayers may love butter almost as much as I do, as she's always putting in little details about it's deliciousness. Here's on...more
The plot has to do with drug running, and I couldn't be less interested in that, but I loved the details about life in the advertising business, and I enjoyed the scenes with Charles and Lady Mary. Peter...more
Have just reread this one. It's a joy to read. She writes very well, her sentences run smoothly, her word choice is excellent. Parts of the book are just great fun -- it's the dialogues I really love.
Also read an unauthorized biography of Sayers, which says her descriptions of how the aristocracy live are mostly invented. [She grew up strictly middle class.] Somehow this disappointed me ter...more
And unlike many a thriller the plot is a covert one with the reader often wondering what Lord Peter is investigating. But when an accident, or seemingly so, happens and a member of the staff dies, it is obviously there is something sinister going on.
The action in Pym's Publicity is beautifully described and keeps the reader interested even w...more
I last read this novel about ten years ago, and realized that a re-reading would be worthwhile since I had forgotten most of it. It seems that an employee of Pym’s Publicity, Ltd., died while descending a circular staircase to a lower level. Mr. Pym, the owner, had been told in secret that there was something more than met the eye in the circumstances and hired on a private detective to look into the matter. The detective he hired decided to...more
The plot itself is reasonably interest, and the part with Tallboy at the end was wel...more
Sayers worked in advertising herself, and her years in the office trenches are an endless source of inspiration and incident for this book. Her wit and sharp eye mu...more
I haven't read a Dorothy Sayers mystery for 30 years at least. I had forgotten how interesting and well written they are and how they capture British life in the 1930s. This particular thriller takes place in London in an advertising firm (Pyms). Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job in the firm under an assumed name (Death Breton) to investigate the death of a young copywriter by the Victor Dean, who plunged to his death from an awkward circular staircase at the firm, broke his neck and s...more
In fact, despite the lack of richness of self-awareness the last book had (Carcase), this book executes a simple mystery around a simple, yet solid concept. And what is that? Well, I really appreciate that all of this takes place in an advertising agency.
You see, advertising, as well as I understand it, involves spin doctoring reality into something much too simple and usually false. Disease is just a matter of germs, right? And this...more
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herse...more