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Murder Must Advertise: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) Paperback – December 2, 2014
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When advertising executive Victor Dean dies from a fall down the stairs at Pym's Publicity, Lord Peter Wimsey is asked to investigate. It seems that, before he died, Dean had begun a letter to Mr. Pym suggesting some very unethical dealings at the posh London ad agency. Wimsey goes undercover and discovers that Dean was part of the fast crowd at Pym's, a group taken to partying and doing drugs. Wimsey and his brother-in-law, Chief-Inspector Parker, rush to discover who is running London's cocaine trade and how Pym's fits into the picture--all before Wimsey's cover is blown. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. -- P.D. James Dorothy L Sayers is one of the best detective story writers. -- E. C. Bentley Daily Telegraph I admire her novels ... she has a great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and a wonderful eye for detail. -- Ruth Rendell A truly great storyteller. -- Minette Walters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The novels in the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries are:
1. Whose Body?
2. Clouds of Witness
3. Unnatural Death
4. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 5)
5. Strong Poison (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 6)
6. The Five Red Herrings (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 7)
7. Have His Carcase (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 8)
8. Murder Must Advertise (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 10)
9. The Nine Tailors (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 11)
10. Gaudy Night (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 12)
11. Busman's Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 13)
Note: my numbering differs from Amazon's because they include collections of short stories whereas my list is just of novels. Also, I can only include 10 links in the review, so the 11th Wimsey book is just a title.
There's an enormous number of characters in this story, far more than most authors would attempt. It's a tribute to Sayers' talent that the reader can envision each one and keep them separate. The action throws unlikely characters together by accident, just like in real life, and those office politics were just as deadly in 1933 as they are in 2017!
The Harlequin is the only weak note. I get that Sayers needed a plot device to work in the villains, but it is an awkward element and never gets any less so.
While the world of advertising 100 years ago is somewhat dated to our eyes- it's also amazing how fresh it is! Sayers has a lot of fun with the ridiculous elements of the industry.
And, of course, there's a murder. And Lord Peter must go undercover as his wastrel distant relation, and get all caught up in things that are well below His Lordship's dignity- though Peter seems to be having a grand time.
I'd put it right up there with "Gaudy Night" as among Sayer's best.