The iron staircase at Pym’s Publicity is a deathtrap, and no one in the advertising agency is surprised when Victor Dean tumbles down it, cracking his skull along the way. Dean’s replacement arrives just a few days later—a green copywriter named Death Bredon. Though he displays a surprising talent for the business of selling margarine, alarm clocks, and nerve tonics, Bredon is not really there to write copy. In fact, he is really Lord Peter Wimsey, and he has come to Pym’s in search of the man who pushed Dean.
As he tries to navigate the cutthroat world of London advertising, Lord Peter uncovers a mystery that touches on catapults, cocaine, and cricket. But how does one uncover a murderer in a business where it pays to have no soul?
Murder Must Advertise is the 10th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Topics: Murder, Private Investigators, Blackmail, Secrets, Advertising, Drugs, Nobility, Mistaken Identity, London, 1930s, Witty, Suspenseful, Series, Third Person Narration, Female Author, British Author, and 20th Century
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Otherwise though, it's all very fun and very vivid, obviously formed partly from Sayers' own experiences, and therefore feeling 'right' to the reader.
The ending still brought me up cold. I somewhat wish that the penultimate chapter was the last: we don't need to see Peter ambling round and clearing everything up after the nasty end of that chapter; it takes the edge off the impression the novel leaves in your mind, and while I know it's a convention with mystery stories to do that, Sayers could've bucked the convention and carried it off.more
I also wondered about the accuracy of its portrait of British drug rings of the thirties; the author was clearly doing her best not to be sensational, but I think she set herself up for a difficult task. On the other hand, her depiction of British advertising agencies in the thirties was highly entertaining and clearly drawn from personal experience, so that kept the novel as a whole down to earth.more