Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Busman's Honeymoon-Dorothy L. Sayers

Busman's Honeymoon

Dorothy L. Sayers

Harper, Oct 16 2012, $14.99

ISBN: 9780062196576

Lord Peter Wimsey has finally worn down notorious mystery writer Harriet Vane with his zillionth proposal. They marry and plan to honeymoon on an estate he just bought that she remembered from her childhood.

After a difficult greeting at their new home, they begin to settle in until Mr. McBride arrives asking the newlyweds if they saw his missing Uncle, Mr. Noakes who sold the estate to Lord Peter. Bunter the butler soon finds Mr. Noakes with his head bashed in lying in the cellar; no blood by the wound with six hundred pounds on him. Lord Peter knows he will not enjoy his romantic interlude until the murder is solved.

The fourth Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane (see Gaudy Night, Have His Carcase and Strong Poison) is an enjoyable period piece in which the interrelationships between the classes supersede the whodunit. Filled with wry social commentary and witty bantering, fans will enjoy this engaging Depression Era detective tale as Lord Peter investigates the homicide so he can get back to his Busman's Honeymoon.

Harriet Klausner

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