Have His Carcase: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation. Starring Ian Carmichael & Maria Aitken (BBC Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 8 May 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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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 is an intricately and densely plotted mystery novel as Sayers deftly takes the reader through Wimsey and Vane's investigations, with the ever-loyal Bunter doing the required footwork. Much of the plot turns on the timing of the discovery of the murder (which I'm not going to spoil but which ties in with the alibi for the main suspect) and the reader is really kept on their toes as Sayers goes through all the possible permutations and what they would mean.
Against this, we're also given more on Wimsey and Vane's relationship as Wimsey persists in asking Harriet to marry him and she persists in refusing. What makes this so interesting is that Sayers successfully sets it up as a kind of running joke whilst at the same time creating a genuinely emotional scene between the two that explores the undercurrents of why each behaves as they do and which I found to be moving (not least because you end up rooting for and understanding the position taken by both characters).Read more ›
On a walking holiday, while recovering from a court case in which she was alleged to have killed her lover, Harriet Vane discovers the body of a man. It is lying on rocks on a beach, close to low tide level. The evidence suggests suicide. After taking photographs with her camera, finding a cut throat razor and removing a shoe from the corpse, Harriet vainly tries to enlist help in moving the body before it is washed away by the incoming tide. The local police force is alerted and so is Lord Peter Wimsey.
This is a long novel. Interest focuses not only on the solution to the mystery but also on the likelihood of Wimsey succeeding with his wish to marry Harriet. There is witty dialogue, there are fulsome reports from a range of eccentric characters, there are descriptions of the human anatomy and how it responds to the throat being cut, there is an interminable attempt to decode a ciphered letter, and there are classical quotations provided at the start of each chapter. There is little dramatic tension, no suspense, and no thrills. Dorothy L Sayers was a cultivated, fluent writer, sometimes boring but never banal.
If your tolerance of boredom is low, but your credit balance at the bank is high, then invest in the audio tape reading of the book provided by Ian Carmichael.Read more ›
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This is the eighth book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. We first meet Harriet Vane, crime writer and previously on trial for murder, in, “Strong Poison. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S Riaz
Not one of her best. Obviously got herself into a bit of a mess with the plot, and so abandoned it. Not a proper ending.Published 23 days ago by Janis A
Bought to replace my original (30yr old) copy which went missing in a house move. But like all of Dorothy L Sayers stories it's an interesting mystery - and this one has the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Sally V Fisher
This story is well up to Dorothy Sayers' standard in intricacy and planning, but to be honest, I found it over-long and was glad when I reached the end.Published 2 months ago by B. Cooper
This detective story describes Harriet Vane's interrupted walking holiday after her acquittal from the charge of murdering her lover, with the help of Lord Peter Wimsey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs G
present for a friend so can't really say anything except it is what they wanted and enjoyed reading itPublished 7 months ago by anick