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Busman's Honeymoon: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane [Mass Market Paperback]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane. Nov. 11 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. In fact it was a play that was also made into a movie "Hunted Honeymoon" (1940) starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings. There are still some short stories and a novel finished by someone else; however Busman's Honeymoon is the last of the novel series containing Harriet Vane. Some of the short stories are "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys."

The book starts off with a series of letters from well-known friends of the couple, described previous in Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. They bring you up to date while describing the wedding of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Some of the charters are just referenced yes it ought on and you will have to have read the previous novels for fuller detail.

The primary thrust of this novel is the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. With exquisite descriptions of their life and the English environment in which they live. Oh yes, there is also a mystery. However the mystery does not overshadow the rest of the story.

One of the most important overlooked items in most descriptions of this book is the expanded explanation of the history and relationship of Bunter to Lord Peter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane. Nov. 8 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. In fact it was a play that was also made into a movie "Hunted Honeymoon" (1940) starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings. There are still some short stories and a novel finished by someone else; however Busman's Honeymoon is the last of the novel series containing Harriet Vane. Some of the short stories are "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys."

The book starts off with a series of letters from well-known friends of the couple, described previous in Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. They bring you up to date while describing the wedding of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Some of the charters are just referenced yes it ought on and you will have to have read the previous novels for fuller detail.

The primary thrust of this novel is the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. With exquisite descriptions of their life and the English environment in which they live. Oh yes, there is also a mystery. However the mystery does not overshadow the rest of the story.

One of the most important overlooked items in most descriptions of this book is the expanded explanation of the history and relationship of Bunter to Lord Peter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Satisfying Nov. 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on a stage play co-written by Sayers, Busman's Holiday is Sayers last significant statement in the mystery genre--and a completely satisfying one at that. Like several other novels that involve both Sayers' sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and mystery novelist Harriet Vane, the novel is as much a portrait of their relationship as it is a murder mystery, and while these two elements occasionally seem at odds in other works (most notably the unworthy Have His Carcass), Busman's Holiday strikes a perfect balance between the two as we follow the couple through the first few days of their honeymoon as they deal with the shock of marriage, domestic disasters, and an unexpected body in their honeymoon home's basement. As in other novels, Sayers draws a great deal from her setting--in this case rural England on the eve of World War II--and presents us with a memorable cast of supporting characters, and the result is as fine a novel as she ever produced, particularly notable for its wittiness and sly humor. A greatly satisfying finish to a highly enjoyable series.
There is, incidently, an extremely well-made 1930s film version of this particular work starring Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings. Although Montgomery is not quite the image of Lord Peter Wimsey, he plays quite well, and Cummings is Harriet Vane brought to life on the screen. Sayers fans should enjoy the film almost as much as they enjoy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of its genre. . . April 30 2001
By "airi2"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
. . .although whether the genre should properly be romance or mystery is a point up for debate. Either way, this final book in the 4-novel Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey series is wonderful and utterly satisfying. Not only is the murder mystery extremely tight and well-done (as per normal for Sayers), but this is one of the few books of any genre I've read that really gets love right. The problems and beauties of newlywed life for two people who've been trying to come to terms with their relationship for five years are very well done, and Sayers maintains her commitment as an author to be as utterly honest and realistic about love and its complications as possible.
Oh, and the roughly 6,000 tons of unresolved romantic tension built up through the first three Wimsey/Vane books are finally resolved here, to the great relief of the reader. Just reading accounts of the wedding (which was described through a series of letters between various friends and acquaintances of the couple), I felt as if I'd finally been allowed to breathe after having my head held underwater for an interminable period of time.
I plan to keep my copy of this book for the rest of my life--if you like mysteries and enjoy a good love story, this is a safe pick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Lord Peter Wimsey fans
This is the final Peter Wimsey mystery involving Harriet Vane, who is now (spoiler alert) Lady Wimsey. It is the extension of Gaudy Night, which should be read first. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Gerard Rejskind
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. The characters were real and the romance ...
Loved it. The characters were real and the romance nicely done (and off stage contrary to modern writing). An excellent period piece and great piece of detective writing.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane.
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane.
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane.
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Last completed novel containing Harriet Vane.
The title "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars O, frabjous day!
"Oh, rapture! Oh, bountiful Jehovah! Oh, joy for all our former woes a thousand times repaid!" ... Read more
Published on March 16 2002 by Thomas E. Defreitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Busman's Honeymoon
This is by far Dorothy Sayers' best work. It is an excellent mystery with an even better romance. I was extremely moved by it. Lord Peter Wimsey is every woman's dream!
Published on June 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Last novel containing Harriet Vane.
The tittle "Busman's Honeymoon" is sort of a play on words. Look up busman's holiday in the dictionary. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2001 by bernie
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