Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #11)

Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #11)

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by Dorothy L. Sayers
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Busman’s Honeymoon has everything—mystery, comedy, love, and drama—all served up in Dorothy Sayers’s best style.”
Los Angeles Times
“One of the greatest mystery story writers of this century.”
Chicago Tribune
“The Wimsey books are literate and delightful mysteries.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061043512
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Series:
Lord Peter Wimsey Series, #11
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 13, 1893
Date of Death:
December 17, 1957
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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Busman's Honeymoon 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 18 reviews.
Aristera More than 1 year ago
From the opening, presented as letters and journal entries, through the murder mystery and beyond this is an excellent book. What holds it all together and makes it so much richer than most detective mystery novels is the love story of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. He is the sleuth that solves mysteries, she is a murder mystery novelist. Just married, they discover a body while on their honeymoon. This is the fourth Lord Peter mystery that includes Harriet Vane, and these are my favorites of the series. And Busman's Honeymoon is the best of all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read mysteries for easily 20 years beginning at the age of, I don't know, 12, and began tapering off in my 30s as I noticed that most of them were not worth re-reading (the sure sign of a really well-written book). This book is my all-time favorite mystery. The writing is well-above the ordinary genre level. It's more like literature with its finely drawn characters yet it is a mystery, and a great one, at that! Finally, it concludes a love story that began in Gaudy Night (well, actually in Strong Poison but finally reciprocated in Gaudy Night). Read all of the Dorothy Sayers, while you're at it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very happy to find Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane mysteries on Nook. I had not able to find them in print after I became a fan while watching the series from public television. I also enjoyed the Jill Paton Walsh continuation of the series.
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prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Most enjoyable reading as Peter and Harriet are finally wed ... but the honeymoon starts off a little bumpy. I can only wish that Sayers had survived longer to offer more titles.
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nookpj More than 1 year ago
Busman's Honeymoon and Gaudy Night are the best Lord Peter stories. Must reads if you enjoy Lord Peter and Harriet Vane together as sleuths and mates.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another successful D. Sayers mystery, but the author was too cute. Instead of moving the story forward, she allowed herself to get bogged down in the romance. Pages of letters in French, pages of nattering dialogue, and action that clouded the narrative. Definitely worth a read if you're a Peter Wimsey fan, but skip over the nonsense.
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charleyey More than 1 year ago
I am a Sayers fan, and in my opinion this is the best of all the Lord Peter stories. Characters are fully developed, and having great fun. Its a classic "how in the world did the bad guy do it" situation while the characters have a low key, high brow good time, and take you along with them. Leaves you wanting more. Unfortunately it is the last Lord Peter story, except for the stories continued by another author. Those are ok, but leave you wanting for some slight touch that only Sayers could give us. I like this story so much I am trying to buy it again. I have a Nook and want this story in my elibrary even though I have a perfectly good paperback copy on my shelf. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually am listening to Busman's Honeymoon on audio tape. I have read Sayers and I find her books, for my taste, a great read. She was a wonderful writer and we were lucky she shared her talents with us as a mystery writer. If you like listening to books on tape I really recommend this one - the actor, Ian Carmichael, who reads the story brings the characters to life - the comedy that Sayers intended is acted out beautifully. This story has been a great companion as I travel the roads to work each day.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
G'night, Griff! I love you!