Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, 8) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jun 2000
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'She brought to the detective novel originality, 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
'She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller.' Minette Walters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. In his 8th appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane) he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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Thankful we still have Kindle and I was delighted to see a whole range of her books on Kindle.
Have his carcass is a standalone book, it has the usual muder mystery but in it we have Lord Peter WImsey, trying to court Harriet Vane the muder mystery author, and a clever dance it is between two very different people.
WOuld recommend this author.
It is, however, absolutely imperative for the enjoyment of this book that you like Harriet and Peter both and are not entirely fixated on the crime aspect. This is a very character-driven book. Also, it is hillariously funny at times. Another word of caution: it might be better to read "Strong Poison" before reading this one, because the relationship between Peter and Hariet is not easily understood unless you've read how and why they met. So I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I laughed, I was puzzled, I was delighted by the characters. What more can you ask?
This novel starts with Harriet on a walking tour, solo but with money and time on her hands after her acquittal as recorded in Strong Poison. Lord Peter Wimsey is absent though living in hope that she will accept his frequent proposal, and soon arrives when he hears that she has found a body. Significantly, she informs a newspaper of her gory discovery rather than Peter, but when he hastens to assist in the case she is genuinely pleased. She has done everything right given that the body is not only bloody but about to be washed into the sea, in that she takes photos and removes all identifying items. It is fortunate that she does, as the body disappears and she has to walk a long way to discover a telephone. This journey does mean that she picks up a few clues en route, which prove valuable in the long run.
The focus on Harriet in this novel does predict her determination and abilities in detection which really dominates Gaudy Night, as her appearance in Strong Poison is much more passive apart from the banter with Peter. Peter does do some sterling work in detection, including his “lounge lizard” persona adopted to impress a female witness. He also comes out with some priceless lines in his typical self mockery and appeals to Harriet.
My biggest problem with this book is the abrupt ending, even if it is well worked out a short epilogue would have been enjoyable. It also becomes very technical at one point as Sayers brought in another Detection Club member with specific expertise (according to Martin Edwards in his book on Golden Age Murder). I was also continually remembering the tv adaptation, with is actually very faithful to this novel.
I enjoyed this book as the plot is clever and substantial, the characters/suspects complex and realistic, and the Harriet – Peter relationship as funny as ever. I would recommend this book as a well written, readable and a worthy addition to the Lord Peter series, even though he is not the first detective on the scene.
I got so fed up with what seemed like chapter after chapter of evidence emerging from characters who seemed to waffle on about nothing and everything (which I am certain other readers found gripping) and also Wimsey and Vane never quite deciding what might be murder and what might be suicide that eventually half way through I skipped to the last few pages just to see if any conclusion had been drawn. I really didn't care a hoot about the deceased and how he died I just wanted to know whodunnit, if indeed anyone did.
I won't spoil it for others by revealing what I discovered in the last few pages as I am certain many won't find it tiresome and read it through.
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