Busman's Honeymoon

Busman's Honeymoon

A Love Story With Detective Interruptions

Book - 2012
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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. All too quickly, what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country has turned into a most baffling case, with a misspelled "notise" to the milkman at its center and a dead man who's been discovered in a most intriguing condition: with not a spot of blood on his smashed skull and not a penny less than six hundred pounds in his pocket
Publisher: New York : Bourbon Street Books/Harper, 2012, c1937.
ISBN: 9780062196576
Call Number: SAYERS
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Wimsey, Peter, Lord (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- Fiction.
Honeymoons -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction


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Jan 21, 2019

Unfortunately, and I suppose typical of the period (1937) there are disturbing prejudicial references, both to African-Americans and Jews. Also many, many references to poems and books that are unknown to me--so I miss the implication entirely. Several quotes in French that, although I took French in high school, I can't translate. I watched one or two of this series in film and disliked the characters, and I guess hoped, having seen an endorsement of the books, that I would like the books more. It's difficult to see the fawning servants, police officers and townspeople in relation to the main characters. I find I can't relate to them at all. The main character also tends to be paternalistic, also a characteristic of the times. It's hard to understand the appeal of these books.

Jan 02, 2018

Wonderful mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers first published in 1937. The book begins with the wedding of detective Lord Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane, two very literary forty-somethings. Part of the great fun of the book, besides solving the mystery, is that they're constantly quoting from the classics to enhance almost every situation, and a few of the other characters join them in this truly entertaining pastime. Peter is like Sherlock Holmes - a flawed character (shy, shell-shocked from the war) but inherently good and very appealing.


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