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Busman's Honeymoon (BBC Audio Collection: Crime) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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17 Jan 2005 BBC Audio Collection: Crime
Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey with Sarah Badel as Harriet Vane and co-starring Peter Jones, Rosemary Leach and Peter Vaughan in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Society's eligible women are in mourning. Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last, having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely mystery novelist Harriet Vane. The two depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse, but find, instead of a well-prepared love nest, the place left in a shambles by the previous owner. His sudden appearance, dead from a broken skull in the cellar, only prompts more questions. Why would anyone have wanted to kill old Mr Noakes? What dark secrets had he to hide? The honeymoon is over, as Lord Peter and Harriet Vane start their investigations. Suspicion is rife and everyone seems to have something to hide, from the local constable to the housekeeper. Wimsey and his wife can think of plenty of theories, but it s not until they discover a vital fact that the identity of the murderer becomes clear.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (17 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563525479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563525479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She brought to the detective novel orginality, intelligence, energy and wit (P.D. James)

I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail (Ruth Rendell)

A truly great storyteller (Minette Walters)

Dorothy L Sayers is one of the best detective story writers (E.C. Bentley, DAILY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The 13th book featuring Lord Peter (the fourth novel with Harriet Vane) is the story of their interrupted honeymoon. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sayers. 7 Dec 2002
By John Austin HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I am glad to find so many favorable reviews of this, Dorothy L Sayers' final detective fiction novel, on the internet. It failed to find much favor with the public or the critics when it was written in the late 1930s. In actual need of the income that her earlier works in this genre had generated (she had to support not only herself but also a non-productive husband and an illegitimate son), she negotiated with her publisher to "once again try my hand at detective fiction" after he had pointed out that the market seemed to have become saturated.
Just as a busman's holiday is a vacation where the busman is likely to be as involved with driving as he is throughout the rest of the year, a busman's honeymoon (a phrase which she coined) is one where the busman (in this case Lord Peter Wimsey) is likely to spend his honeymoon checking alibis, interviewing murder suspects, observing rigor mortis, and all the other tiresome activities of an amateur detective.
Lord Peter and Harriet Vane are the honeymooners. After their wedding (reported in a series of letters that begin the novel), they travel to "Talboys", a country house chosen by Harriet. Their reception is not as predicted. Eventually Lord Peter's butler, Bunter, discovers a corpse in the cellar.
The novel began life as a play, as you may infer from the many static scenes involving a large ensemble of characters entering and exiting. The prose is as rich in wit, classical illusions and sophistication as you will ever encounter in detective fiction. Dorothy L. Sayers was an honours graduate and capable of writing as well as George Eliot.
Don't expect the kind of fast food satisfaction that Agatha Christie provided so successfully. You will find instead the full silver service dining and wining experience here.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books ever 5 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Dorothy L Sayers is always a cut above your average crime novelist, especially in the Harriet Vane novels (Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night and Busman's Honeymoon). Busman's Honeymoon can't quite decide if it is a love story or a detective story ... but that really doesn't matter, it's a great example of both, with characters that really live. Read it ... but you'll enjoy it all the more if you start with Strong Poison and work your way up to it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and ingenious murder mystery. 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This has to be my favourite Dorothy L. Sayers mystery! Lord Peter Wimsey has finally persuaded his beloved Harriet Vane to become his wife but married life does not run smoothly for them. Their honeymoon is marred by the discovery of a body in the cellar, and naturally they feel duty-bound to investigate. As with all Sayers' novels, the plot is both gripping and original. In addition the atmosphere of Britain in the 1930s is captured brilliantly, adding an extra dimension to the book. If you enjoy reading Agatha Christie you will love Dorothy L. Sayers (who in my opinion is a far better writer).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The final D L Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey novel 17 Oct 2011
By Tigger
Format:Paperback
I always regard Dorothy L Sayer's books as a bit of a challenge. Compared to Agatha Christie's novels they are not a light read, but I do feel that they are worth the effort as they are high quality, very literary books. Dorothy L Sayers was a well educated lady and attended Oxford having won a scholarship to Somerville College. When I first started to read her novels I found them difficult, stuffy almost rather "elite" books, not for ordinary people but over time I have come to enjoy them. I have to admit that I usually warm myself up to one of her books by listening to the BBC audio dramatisation of the book, this helps me to get a feel for the book and the characters before plunging myself into it. But I always stop listening before they get to the stage of revealing "who done it" as I like to preserve that pleasure for the actual book. Busman's Honeymoon is definitely not a good place to start if you have never read any of D L Sayer's books before. There is a character development that moves from book to book and I would advise any new reader to start with one of her earlier works. Her first novel was Whose Body? followed by Clouds of Witness and Unnatural Death. Busman's Honeymoon comes right at the end of the series. I would also recommend the books that were written by D L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh, I actually found these to be more readable than the books written solely by D L Sayers, although again as these come very much later in the series they perhaps should be saved until you have read more of D L Sayer's earlier works. D L Sayer's is said to have remarked that she never writes down to her readers, she expects her readers to rise up to her expectations of them. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good characterisation 1 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The actors who give their voices to the various characters in this audiobook are excellent, but the same cannot be said for the story. Whilst for most of the dramatisation it stays pretty faithful to the book (making allowances for the fact that it obviously cannot be the same since it is a dramatisation and not a reading of the book), the ending has changed.
The book has a much more sombre ending, and this tape ends in laughter, which is really not the point of this story.
However this is really only the last few words spoken, and apart from that it is a delight to listen to.
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Published 1 day ago by K Ridges
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a satisfactory conclusion for those softies among us who need...
This is a classic. I actually only bought it on Kindle because I couldn't find my hardback copy, but at least it is a lot more portable now! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mrs M
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a pleasure to listen to.
I enjoyed this staory very much, especially Ian Carmichael taking the lead. Dorothy L Sayers wais able to turn a story on its head and so make the listener, or reader, become... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Revd Frances Ruth Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy!
This novel comes as a complete contrast to its predecessor in the Peter Wimsey series, 'Gaudy Night'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Busman's Honeyoon
As I am new to Kindle I am rebuilding my library with as many of my favourite books as possble.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Sayers no more
Dorothy L Sayers is a masterful writer and as a fan of Lord Peter Wimsey this is a delightful interlude and a satisfying insight to the romantic conclusion of marriage to Harriet... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRS D S GETTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as it is described by the author in the title.
My paperback fell apart because I have read it so often so I purchased the kindle version. Love it as much as ever and I can re-read it as often as I want Not so easy to find the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by gimmielinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Dorothy L Sayers is an amazing author - she made me both laugh out loud & cry during the course of this story. Fantastic characterisation & story.
Published 3 months ago by B. Gunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime sleuth honeymoon
An interesting sequel to Gaudy Night. Not a bad read but somehow it didn't grab as much as Gaudy Night
Published 3 months ago by Mr Roger A K Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars Fav detective novel
Lost my paperback so downloaded it. One of my top ten books. Love it, but I find all her books brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Corrybeag
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