Busman's Honeymoon

The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 13
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Society's eligible women are in mourning. Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last, having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely mystery novelist Harriet Vane. The two depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse but find, instead of a well-prepared love nest, the place left in a shambles by the previous owner. His sudden appearance, dead from a broken skull in the cellar, only prompts more questions. 

Why would anyone have wanted to kill old Mr. Noakes? What dark secrets had he to hide? 

The honeymoon is over, as Lord Peter and Harriet Vane start their investigations. Suspicion is rife, and everyone seems to have something to hide, from the local constable to the housekeeper. Wimsey and his wife can think of plenty of theories, but it's not until they discover a vital fact that the identity of the murderer becomes clear.

©2012 Dorothy L. Sayers (P)2012 AudioGO
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At Last!

I have owned the audio cassette version of Ian Carmichael's narration of Busman's Honeymoon for years, and the cassettes are getting rather the worse for wear. I was delighted to see Audible make this available.

I love all the Lord Peter novels and short stories, and this one is near the top of my list. From the opening letters, to the end if the tale, I enjoy it very much.

Now, I hope that Audible will make the remainder of the series available in unabridged version. The dramatized versions are fun, but nothing like having "all the words!)

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More Peter please

Every time I sign on to Audible the first thing I check for is a new Dorothy Sayers release. So I was delighted when Busman's Holiday appeared with Harriet and Peter. My tradition will not change however--now I am waiting for Nine Tailors, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, Five Red Herrings and more. Read by Ian Carmichael of course.

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I love these books!

Please, please add the rest of the Dorothy L Sayers books, particularly the ones read by Ian Carmichael. There are still many fans of these books whose audiotape versions are falling apart.

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Harriet Vane, Lord Peter Whimsey, Ian Carmichael. Perfect!

Hope Audible can add more books with these three. Looking forward to more. Yes ondeed

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Wonderful!

One of a my favorite novels with a stellar performance by Ian Carmichael! This is the culmination of the Peter Wimsey stories written by Dorothy Sayers, in which Peter and Harriet embark on married life and come upon a corpse after they have accidentally eliminated clues to the crime. The story is excellent, combining a difficult mystery, drama, humor, and a deep love between two mature and independent people as they grapple with the complexities of merging their lives together. I just finished reading the Kindle version together with the Audible narration and absolutely loved it! It is a story I will replay many times!
I hope that all the remaining Peter Wimsey novels, both those written by Dorothy Sayers, and those continued later by Jill Paton Walsh, will become available soon on Audible. Can't get enough of Peter Wimsey!

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Farewell, Lord Peter and Harriet Vane

This last and longest of the Wimsey novels is a delight to me, though I acknowledge that it won't be to everyone's taste. Sayers was a brilliant scholar as well as a novelist, and the book is loaded up with literary references and quotation games. I would say there must be 200 such references and quotations by Sir Peter and other characters. The book has a lot to it: a murder mystery, of course, but also a serious romance, a comedy, a contemplation on marriage, In other words, the mystery is only one aspect of a complex, intelligent book. In the original publication of the book, Sayers gave it a subtitle: "A Love Story Interrupted by Detection" and that is accurate.

Sayers did not write about Wimsey or Vane to any major extent for the rest of her life (twenty more years), so we are free to imagine them living on in the state she has created for them at the end of this excellent, deeply satisfying story.

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Great

I love the Peter Wimsy series and wish Audible would hurry up and get the rest. This one is the one that explains Lord Peter and Bunter’s beginning.

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Missing Chapters

I have read this book and it is missing the last two to three chapters. In fact the last three chapters are repeats of the first three. Otherwise it's a good book.

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I love Dorothy L. Sayers’ work!

I was so glad that this full length (not abridged) version read by Ian Carmichael is now available on Audible.

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Good book, good narration.

I like and dislike this book, all at the same time. Sayers' writing is fantastic, as always, but seeing Lord Peter struggle with his conscience and the aftereffects of his war experience is uncomfortable. I am glad that Sayers went on to write a couple more short stories so we could see Peter and Harriet more settled and happier.

The narration is very good. Ian Carmichael makes the characters real. My only complaint is that I could wish for more of a distinction between Peter's and Harriet's voices, as it wasn't always obvious which one was speaking.

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