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Murder Must Advertise
on 1 September 2016
Published in 1933, much of this novel is set within a world that author, Dorothy L. Sayers, knew well – that of an advertising agency, in which she herself worked. Lord Peter Wimsey is masquerading as plain Death (pronounced ‘Deeth’) Bredon at Pym’s Publicity; having been called in my Mr Pym after the suspicious death of Mr Victor Dean, who broke his neck after falling down a staircase.
Mr Bredon finds himself occupying Mr Dean’s room and, before long, is heavily involved in all aspects of office gossip. I have to admit that the parts of this novel I enjoyed most are set within Pym’s Publicity, but the story also features a group of Bright Young Things that Mr Dean was attracted by. One of these smart set was the attractive, but rather sinister, Dian de Momerie. These parts of the storyline worked less well for me, but thankfully most of the book is set within the walls of Pym’s; with Lord Peter doing a salaried job for the first time. Of course, he does it very well, as we would expect, as well as solving the mystery.
Overall, this is an enjoyable read. Lord Peter is centre stage throughout – although Parker does feature and he has dinner (although we not privy to this meeting) with Harriet once. I loved the satirical look at advertising and the office setting was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to reading on in this wonderful, Golden Age, series. If you do enjoy Golden Age mysteries, then these are some of the very best in the genre.