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5.0 out of 5 stars Death comes to the office
Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the greatest of all fictional detectives and 'Murder Must Advertise' presents us with one of his most intriguing mysteries. Set in the confines of 1930's advertising agency, Pyms Publicity. Lord Peter is called in to investigate the death of copywriter Victor Dean.
Not only is the story first rate, with all the expected twists and turns,...
Published on 31 July 2002 by Mr. Robert Kelly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder must advertise
Not a bad book but not a great one either. Far too long to get going and too elaborate with the story line
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and fun, 12 Aug 2009
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One of my favourite Wimseys, but perhaps a bit light and frothy for some. The plot is actually quite dark and dangerous, but like many of the nastier things in life, it is kept covered to some degree by the bright and shiny facade. The descriptions of office life are hysterically funny, the advertising slogans are very tongue-in-cheek, the dual characterisation of Peter Wimsey vs Death Bredon provides many opportunities for comedy, and the cricket match is a particular highlight. The ending is very serious though, and brings home how quickly things can go badly wrong from really quite small choices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Sayers, 27 April 2014
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This is far from Sayers best, but any tec story by her is readable. The background story line on drugs
seems sadly out of date and Death Bredon is rather an irritation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting snapshot of social history, 18 Mar 2014
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As well as being a jolly romp of a story this is also an excellent picture of working life in offices back then. The class differences, the view of women etc. all makes for an entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Feb 2014
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This book is also on an audio tape and I love it. The last person you'd expect did it and it was all done in a decorous way, not like the smash and bash of modern rubbish.

5 stars on merit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Jan 2014
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Brilliantly written, classic detective fiction, portraying life between the wars, and also a great insight into advertising, applicable to today
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably modern, 24 Nov 2013
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As a whodunit, 'Murder Must Advertise' may not have you on the edge of your seat; but Sayers's skill is to make the elements around the murder investigation truly absorbing. Especially in the depiction of the advertising world, which gives her the chance to play with much enjoyment and humour at the copywriting game she had previously undertaken as a job. Also, though to a lesser extent, in her imagining of the hedonistic but doomed world of the Bright [Not Quite So] Young People, entanglement in the fringes of which could have led Victor Dean to fall to the death which begins the story. The device whereby Sayers gets Peter Wimsey to step outside his ordinary persona is surprisingly successful. In summary, a novel that is remarkably (given the 80 years since its first publication) modern and accessible, well-paced, and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Oct 2013
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I really enjoyed the radio play, and it is nice that it is a full dramatized broadcast. I wish they would do a few more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of books and DVDs., 3 Oct 2013
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I only buy books that I have good reason to think are good and I am rarely disappointed. These proved me right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder must advertise, 10 Aug 2013
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Not a bad book but not a great one either. Far too long to get going and too elaborate with the story line
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sayers, 18 Jan 2013
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I like Sayers and the women writers of this era. It is such interesting language. Why is Lord Peter disliked..
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