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An inside story of advertising folk,
This review is from: Murder Must Advertise (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
If this is the first of Dorothy L Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novels you have read then you could be forgiven for being a little confused at the beginning. If you have read some of the other novels featuring the noble sleuth you will immediately identify Death Bredon as Peter Wimsey. He takes up employment at Pym's advertising agency at the request of the owner of the firm following the death of a member of staff - Victor Dean. Wimsey takes to the work like a duck to water and starts writing advertising copy for the princely sum of four pounds a week. As well as doing the job he starts ferreting around to try and find out whether Victor Dean's death was accident or murder.
The portrait of an advertising agency, from the messenger boys to the directors is excellent. Office politics and rivalries serve to muddy the waters of Wimsey's investigation. He gets involved with the bored and drug taking socialite Diane de Momerie, because the late Victor was a member of her sophisticated set, to try and find out what is going on amongst the glitterati. Masquerading as a masked harlequin and his own dissolute cousin, Wimsey ultimately puts himself in danger to unravel the mystery of Victor Dean's death and the connection of the fast set with Pym's Publicity.
There are some fascinating characters in the book from Ginger the messenger boy who wants to be a detective to the slightly pompous but good hearted Mr Pym himself. I loved the banter between the staff and clash of personalities which occurs in any office. While the mystery might be too complex to unravel before the intriguing denouement it is still a well written story. If you read it a second time you can see the clues are all there but most readers may well miss them. Perhaps it is not in the same class as 'Gaudy Night' or 'The Nine Tailors' but it is still worth reading.