This was my introduction to Dorothy Sayers - what terrific fun I've been missing out on all these years! In lesser hands, "Have His Carcase" would have been as dull as ditchwater - quite frankly, by the end of the book, I couldn't have cared less who carried out the long and involved murder of Paul Alexis - but what fun along the way! Sayers' prose is so witty, erudite and full of life that despite the artificiality of the central murder plot, the whole thing just rattles along in such a diverting manner that it is quite a disappointment when Wimsey and Vane wrap the whole thing up at the end. And what great characters they are: Harriet Vane's sparky modernity is decades ahead of her time, and Lord Peter Wimsey completely dominates and energises every scene in which he appears, or is even mentioned. Crime fans looking for Holmesian brilliance from this story might come away disappointed, but fans of great writing, humour and characterisation have a lot to look forward to. I'm only withholding the fifth star because, as one of the other reviewers has mentioned, the chapter in which "The Evidence Of The Cipher" is decoded really is for dedicated puzzle enthusiasts only!