Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #8)
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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
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
One of my favorites from the series. Biting, funny, wicked...
The radio version was really good, but it left out (necessarily) the parody of advertising agency life, which Sayers knew from first hand experience. I recommend reading this book -- it is well worth it.
ETA: Only "fly" on this book is the too long description of the cricket match. As GB Shaw once said: The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some ide...more
I always skimp on this book because there is no true Peter-Harriet action; that said, it is infinitely meatier an...more
In this story, after a half-finished letter implying corruption is found among the effects of a seeming accident victim, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover in an advertising agency to investigate. Dorothy Sayers herself worked as a copy-writer in an advertising agency, and it s...more
I did spend a lot of this book totting up all Wimsey's virtues: premier wine connoisseur, unerring on matters of fine apparel, matchless driver (and car to match), exceptional cricketer, superb athlete generally, apparently irresistable to (most) women - and that's not even counting his originally noted manuscript expertise and his ability to detect his way out of paper bags. Many write...more
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 majority of the action takes place at Pym's Publicity, an advertising firm in London. One of their employees recently and mysteriously died after falling down an iron staircase in the office, and it's suspect...more
Lord Peter Wimsey is a nobleman and a sleuth related to Scotland Yard Chief-Inspector, for whom he tries to solve mysteries as a private detective. (I'm guessing that is how it goes in the rest of novels)....more
When Lord Peter Wimsey is called into an advertising agency to investigate an incident that may look like an accident at first sight but turns out to be a cleverly disguised murder, he doesn't know what a can of worms he's opening. The characters are all drawn from life - egocentric, not very likeable, self-obsessed copy w...more
So why is this book only a three star? Honestly, it's got a great mystery and solid characters, but occasionally Wimsey can't get the ending he wants, which adds to his character, but causes the entire book to end on a bit of a sad note (...more
The plot itself is reasonably interest, and the part with Tallboy at the end was wel...more
Going beyond the whodunnit aspect, which is actually a bit weak in this novel, I think the most culturally interesting aspect of this book is its vivid description of the advertising business - full of whimsical word...more
First, how much do I love the setting? Wimse...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