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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sayers.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs partitioning.
I do enjoy the Peter Wimsey stories. Ian Carmichael portrays Lord Peter flawlessly. Some of these radio serials as is this one, when transferred to CD are presented in gigantic chunks with no introduction and no ending credits. I realise that this stuff is on the jewel case but when the tapes were released it was altogether nicer as the individual episodes were preserved...
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sayers., 7 Dec 2002
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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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 Good characterisation, 1 Feb 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars great but some wooden acting, 1 July 2009
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John L. Baker "Trasgarian" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I bought this as I had never seen the final book enacted on the TV with Mr Petherbridge as Wimsey. The story was the usual well thought out plot and conclusion. Having a visualisation of the players was also an assistance, to me anyway, although Bunter didn't quite match the minds eye.

The only criticism was of some rather wooden acting by the peripheral players. Overall however, it provided an entertaining long car journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Wimsey and Vane fans, 30 Mar 2008
This is a much more intimate and passionate examination of Peter and Harriet's relationship than the other Wimsey stories. Now that they are married, Sayers is much more willing in particular to show Harriet's emotions to her husband and I had mixed feelings about it. In the previous books, Harriet has always been concerned about her independence but now that she's married, she falls into the traditional wifely role of supporting her husband. In many ways, she defers to her husband and his needs and whilst Sayers also features an emotional compromise on the part of Peter as he learns that there are aspects of his life that he has to share, including the bad parts of his character - I'm not sure that it's truly a marriage of equals.

There's also an examination of Bunter's role in the family and Sayers takes time to show the awkwardness that Harriet feels at effectively interloping in his relationship with his master. Sayers doesn't have it run smoothly and it's interesting to get Bunter's perspective on the love affair and how he views Harriet. In fact, Bunter suffers a great deal in this book as his love of control and having everything perfect is challenged by the spiteful and unthinking Mrs Ruddles. In fact, my least favourite part of the book is when Bunter (admittedly under great pressure) finally loses his temper with Mrs Ruddles after she disturbs some very expensive port and makes it undrinkable. For the first time, Bunter's veneer drops and he descends into Cockney abuse. For me, this seemed completely out-of-character for him and I felt very disappointed in him.

Sayers alludes to what happened to Peter during the war and how he and Bunter came to hook up, which is interesting. The final section of the book is where Peter's attitude to the death penalty really comes out, giving him a psychological depth that has not really been present in the other books in the series.

The book begins with the attitude of Peter's family to his marriage and when Harriet visits his ancestral home for the first time, Sayers sneaks in some paranormal activity, which would be distracting in less competent hands. The mystery element is rather perfunctory, but the book is interesting nonetheless and there are enough red herrings to keep readers guessing. For Wimsey fans, this is a must-read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs partitioning., 1 Jan 2013
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I do enjoy the Peter Wimsey stories. Ian Carmichael portrays Lord Peter flawlessly. Some of these radio serials as is this one, when transferred to CD are presented in gigantic chunks with no introduction and no ending credits. I realise that this stuff is on the jewel case but when the tapes were released it was altogether nicer as the individual episodes were preserved just as broadcast with introductory music and credits.

Two CDs with no proper break makes for less than pleasant listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane., 23 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Busman's honeymoon (Paperback)
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. In fact it was a play that was also made into a movie "Hunted Honeymoon" (1940) starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings. There are still some short stories and a novel finished by someone else; however Busman's Honeymoon is the last of the novel series containing Harriet Vane. Some of the short stories are "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys."
The book starts off with a series of letters from well-known friends of the couple, described previous in Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. They bring you up to date while describing the wedding of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Some of the charters are just referenced yes it ought on and you will have to have read the previous novels for fuller detail.
The primary thrust of this novel is the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. With exquisite descriptions of their life and the English environment in which they live. Oh yes, there is also a mystery. However the mystery does not overshadow the rest of the story.
One of the most important overlooked items in most descriptions of this book is the expanded explanation of the history and relationship of Bunter to Lord Peter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story with Detective Interruptions., 18 Oct 2004
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A. J. Skelcher (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Busman's honeymoon (Paperback)
Far be it from me to review this, I would just like to enthuse. Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane get married, dodge the press and wind up at a semi derelict house for their honeymoon (Harriet's choice).
In his essay in the collection 'Pearls Are a Nuisance', Raymond Chandler (Penguin, 1964) refers to far-fetched plots in English detective novels, in particular one involving a plant holder... Not to give away the ending, but if the plot lacks an edge, the romance does not and, at times, it is genuinely funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane., 11 Nov 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. In fact it was a play that was also made into a movie "Hunted Honeymoon" (1940) starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings. There are still some short stories and a novel finished by someone else; however Busman's Honeymoon is the last of the novel series containing Harriet Vane. Some of the short stories are "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys."

The book starts off with a series of letters from well-known friends of the couple, described previous in Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. They bring you up to date while describing the wedding of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Some of the charters are just referenced yes it ought on and you will have to have read the previous novels for fuller detail.

The primary thrust of this novel is the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. With exquisite descriptions of their life and the English environment in which they live. Oh yes, there is also a mystery. However the mystery does not overshadow the rest of the story.

One of the most important overlooked items in most descriptions of this book is the expanded explanation of the history and relationship of Bunter to Lord Peter.
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