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Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best read as light entertainment. Jan. 22 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Dorothy L Sayers' detective fiction output was not large. From the total of eleven novels, two at least have never been regarded as highly by critics and readers as have the others. "Murder Must Advertise" is one of them.
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".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Peter works! Feb. 15 2004
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Format:Paperback
This is a great book. Though it isn't Sayers best, it certainly is very fun to read, and since Dorothy Sayers worked in an advertising firm for while you can see her knowoledge of office life and also almost nostalgia for that comarederie. Would certainly recommend it, Lord Peter at this best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sayers Best Murder Nov. 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tightly written and featuring Sayers' gentlemanly sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey at his self-mocking best, Murder Must Advertise is generally regarded as Sayers' finest work in the genre. Several of Sayers murder mysteries--most notably Gaudy Night--achieve much of their effect via unusual settings and atmosphere, and Murder Must Advertise presents us with a mystery set in a 1930s advertising agency, a circumstance that not only gives the reader insight into a world that the author knew first-hand, but allows Sayers to satirize the business of advertising itself. Charming, witty, peopled with interesting characters doing interesting things, and thoroughly fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sayers Best Murder Nov. 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tightly written and featuring Sayers' gentlemanly sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey at his self-mocking best, Murder Must Advertise is generally regarded as Sayers' finest work in the genre. Several of Sayers murder mysteries--most notably Gaudy Night--achieve much of their effect via unusual settings and atmosphere, and Murder Must Advertise presents us with a mystery set in a 1930s advertising agency, a circumstance that not only gives the reader insight into a world that the author knew first-hand, but allows Sayers to satirize the business of advertising itself. Charming, witty, peopled with interesting characters doing interesting things, and thoroughly fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars after the unpleasantness of bellona club March 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ONe would think that such a rather dull and uninteresting subject as advertising could be a vehicle for the collusion of big business and other big brother types in the murder of innocent lives. What sort of skill Ms Sayers must have had in being so creative and yet it seems to me that in this generation of no-nothings our senses and thoughts are being "tweaked" by the underlying humour of Ms Sayers and she must be smiling secretly (smothering it of course, as Lord Peter has done so many times in his short career here on earth) that her very ideas are now being extolled and maybe even carried out in the press and now, lo, in the internet. Kudos to Ms Sayers, I still love Lord Peter Wimsey and hope that his nose forever twitches! Adieu, Mary
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical murder mystery at its best Feb. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Victor Dean worked at an advertising agency in London. Then Victor Dean died at an advertising agency in London. Accident? Murder? That's what Lord Peter Wimsey is asked to find out.
Shortly after Dean's death, he is replaced by copywriter Death Bredon. That's pronounced "Deeth", by the way. Bredon soon gets down to the business of writing copy ads. We find out that Victor Dean fell down a steep flight of stairs, that he had fought with various members of the ad agency, that when you are advertising for margerine you shouldn't mention butter, and that if you write 'from' instead of 'with' you will cause your client a great deal of anguish. We also discover that something fishy is going on at Pym's Advertising Agency, which somehow ties in with London's thriving cocaine smuggling industry. Soon we're wrapped up in advertising slogans, tea and cake costs, catapult snatching, Whiffling Round Britain, Harlequins in trees, cricket games, and that unfortunate incident where Mr. Death Bredon runs into Lord Peter Wimsey. This is one of Dorothy Sayer's most entertaining, amusing mysteries featuring Peter Wimsey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Peter at his best. Dec 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Without a doubt this is one of my favorite Dorthy L. Sayers novels. Its filled with equal doses of mystery and humor and is a very entertaining book. For anyone just beginning to read the Lord Peter Whimsey mysteries this is a great one to start with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Peter at his most whimsical!
This is one of my three favorite Lord Peter Wimsey novels (the other two are Clouds of Witness and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club), and it's my favorite of the "later... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2000 by Michael Rawdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of Sayers' best!
The puzzle is clever, the satire is biting, and the jazz underworld atmosphere is fascinating. I just wasn't sure if I was going to survive that cricket match!
Published on May 20 2000 by Christina P. Branson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! Knock-out Mystery!
I must preface this review by confessing a bias - I'm a huge fan of Dorothy Sayers and consider it a tragedy that she did not write more detective fiction. Read more
Published on Dec 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sayers, a great intro to the Peter Wimsey books
This is the best Wimsey book not featuring sometime-fellow-sleuth Harriet Vane which Sayers ever wrote. Not terribly serious, but great entertainment. Read more
Published on July 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Sayers at her best
This has to be my favorite Dorothy L. Sayers mystery. It is Sayers at her most witty and amusing. She has cleverly weaved several threads of storyline into one perfect book,... Read more
Published on June 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Sayers' Most Entertaining Mystery
Murder Must Advertise is Dorothy Sayers at her best. This storet in a London advertising agency, is a hoot to read - especially if you've ever had the misfortune to churn out ad... Read more
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