It took several near-death experiences for Lord Peter Wimsey to convince Harriet Vane to be his wife, but she has finally relented. When the dapper detective marries Britain’s most popular mystery author—just a few short years after rescuing her from the hangman’s noose—the press could not be more excited. But Lord Peter and his bride have no interest in spending their wedding night surrounded by reporters. They sneak out of their own reception to begin their honeymoon early, out of sight of the world. Unfortunately, for some couples, calamity is inescapable.
On their 1st morning together, the newlyweds discover the house’s caretaker bludgeoned to death in the manor’s basement. If they thought finding a few minutes alone was difficult, they’re up against even steeper odds. In a house full of suspects, identifying the killer won’t be easy.
Busman’s Honeymoon is the 13th 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: England, Small Town, Murder, Blackmail, Marriage, Family, Death, London, Love, Suspenseful, Witty, Private Investigators, Female Author, British Author, 20th Century, Third Person Narration, 1930s, Writers, Series, and Gripping
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There's some very fun banter, and some glorious romantic scenes, and a tad more of the story about Peter and Bunter. There was no sign of Lady Mary and Parker, really, which was disappointing, but the large quantities of Bunter rather made up for it.
For a reader who's in love with Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, this book is lovely. If you're just looking for a murder mystery, though, not this one.more
Harriet and Peter's beautiful, complex, deeply human relationship pretty much steals the show; rather than a happily-ever-after, their romance is all about working through the past. The book is haunted - from the actual dead body in the basement of their honeymoon home (in Harriet's home village no less) to the brilliant ending which brings Peter back to his war experiences in a manner similar to the very first Wimsey novel, Whose Body.
Also there is a lot of Bunter! He's so important in this novel that I was beginning to find him a bit frustrating - he's so obviously a real person with a personal life, yet he accepts that it is for some reason his job, not Peter's, to deal with the muck of life. But by the end of this novel we completely understand why he has deigned Peter worthy of his awesomeness, and love him all the more for it.
The mystery was merely okay, the literary references perhaps a bit thick, but generally a great ending to a captivating series.
Oh! I should complain a bit, though, about the excessive use of French. Did Sayers actually expect her readers to know the language? She used it in previous novels, but not to the extent she did in this one, since whenever the characters start to talk about sex in this one they switch into French (I'm honestly not joking). I think she (and the characters) were being intentionally silly, but I'm honestly not sure. Luckily I could understand at least some of it....
Finally there's merely a brief moment when Peter and Harriet allude to their statuses as corpse magnets, when in fact they should be completely amazed that this keeps happening to them... but whatever, it's a murder mystery.more