Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon.
It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled ‘notise’ to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn’t any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.
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This is an incredibly well put together story, balancing characters and plot beautifully and charmingly. It's witty and charming and the romance is delicately dealt with.
Or a romantic honeymoon interrupted by the discovery of a corpse either way it is an enjoyable story with just enough comedy to leaven the mystery
The stories, I think come close to this are other the stories starring Lord Peter and Harriet Vane or Agatha Chritie's heroes Tommy and Tuppence in 'Partners in Crime'
I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.
Funny, exciting, refreshing.
I don't think the story is a edge of your seat, but you move through the story with Peter, Harriet and Bunter searching with them for the responsible person/s.
Other than Sir Peter and Lady Harriet. I liked Ian's rendition of Mrs Ruddle, he does her so well and of course Bunter who is a favourite character of mine.
There are a couple of sensitive moments that touch you, when Miss Agnes Twitterton reveals to Harriet her love for Frank Crutchley, you feel some sympathy for her at this time and at the end of the story there is a moment with Sir Peter, just after the climax when the responsible person has been removed, Sir Peter has that 'punch in the stomach' moment when he reflects on the horror of the crime, this is a turly wrenching moment.
I love Dorothy Sayers books and I have many of them on audiobook, they are well worth the time of reading or listening. I recommend her to everyone.
One of the most beautiful declarations of love as narrated by Ian Carmichael has stayed in my head for some time now. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the first weeks of Lord and Lady Peter's marriage with them even though it was a busman's homeymoon.
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