Murder Must Advertise (BBC Audio Crime) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Jul 2006
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She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit (P.D. James)
I admire her novels ... she has a great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and a wonderful eye for detail (Ruth Rendell)
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Dorothy L Sayers is one of the best detective story writers (E.C. Bentley, DAILY TELEGRAPH) --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 tenth appearance, he takes a job as an advertising copywriter to expose a ruthless killer.See all Product Description
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Not only is the story first rate, with all the expected twists and turns, but the atmosphere of the agency drawn from Sayer's own experience is vividly real. Sayers' was arguably the most complex of the pre war 'Queens of Crime' and this book certainly works on a number of levels. For those who are unfamiliar with either Sayers or Wimsey, this book makes an excellent introduction, and demonstrates why their popularity has persisted.
Lord Peter, as aristocratic as his title would imply, is adventurous and imaginative, a man of action and intelligence who does not hesitate to get down and dirty if necessary (though he'd prefer not "too" dirty). With a "tongue that runs on ballbearings," he can talk his way into and out of almost any situation, and as an ad agency employee, he provides the reader with some terrific one-liners and quips as he tries to sell products. Author Dorothy Sayers, who worked in an advertising agency herself for seven years, brings the agency to life with all its petty infighting and cynicism, creating a vibrant environment in which Wimsey's familiar wordplay and cleverness can be highlighted during his investigation of the murder--and the gruesome murders which follow in its wake.Read more ›
Re-reading it recently, I decided that most of its weaknesses are less apparent if it is treated as a light entertainment. Why should I expect the scholarly Miss Sayers to always provide verisimilitude, evidence of thorough research and scientific investigation? It soon becomes clear, in this book, that the pukka, debonair Lord Peter Wimsey is highly unlikely to be doing a stint as an advertising copywriter, that he would be fool enough to dive from a great height into a fountain, and that a murder such as the one he is investigating could ever be committed.
Deciding not to take these things seriously, I enjoyed my time with the book, especially the description of Lord Peter Wimsey winning the cricket match for his advertising agency. It became impossible, however, at the end to regard the book as light entertainment. The tone changes. Miss Sayers is forced to meet the problem of dispensing justice to the killer, once identified. Her solution is heavy-handed.
Ah! well, many whodunits have disappointing endings. Approach this one as I have suggested, and you’ll enjoy most of it. Don’t expect Harriet Vane to feature, however. Dorothy L Sayers never mentions her by name, only referring to the woman in Lord Peter’s life who is being “deliberately excluded from these pages”.
Scenes from a creative office are interspersed with dream scenes as the investigator "seduces" a dope addict while dressed as Harlequin and playing a penny-whistle.
Ideal for those readers for whom the crime is incidental to enjoyment of a crime novel.
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This is for my book club....not read it yet but sure it will be good as I had read it before in other publication.Published 1 month ago by Liz
This is the second Lord Peter Wimsey novel I have read and, as with the first, I find myself delighted with the writing of Dorothy L Sayers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. McCLEAN
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
I'm giving this 5 star simple because it's a good read,although I have not listen to this one yet.l love the author for her story telling in such a way that I almost believed I am... Read morePublished 7 months ago by dorafay