Murder Must Advertise: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

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Back in print and now available in trade paperback, Dorothy L. Sayers' classic tale of murder and scandal at a chic London advertising agency, featuring the dashing and brilliant Lord Peter Wimsey.

When executive Victor Dean dies from a fall down the iron staircase at Pym's Publicity, a posh London ad agency, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to investigate. Before his tragic demise, the victim had tried to warn Mr. Pym, the firm's owner, about...

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Overview

Back in print and now available in trade paperback, Dorothy L. Sayers' classic tale of murder and scandal at a chic London advertising agency, featuring the dashing and brilliant Lord Peter Wimsey.

When executive Victor Dean dies from a fall down the iron staircase at Pym's Publicity, a posh London ad agency, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to investigate. Before his tragic demise, the victim had tried to warn Mr. Pym, the firm's owner, about some scandalous behavior involving his employees.

Posing as a new copywriter, Wimsey discovers that Dean was part of an unsavory crowd at Pym's whose recreational habits link them to the criminal underworld. With time running out and the body count rising, Wimsey must rush to find the truth before his identity is discovered and a determined killer strikes again.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this unlikely adventure, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to break up a drug ring. Requested by the strait-laced owner of Pym's Advertising Agency to investigate the suspicious accidental death of copywriter Victor Dean, Lord Peter discovers that Victor's death is only a small piece of a much larger and more convoluted puzzle. Someone at Pym's is involved with a network that smuggles and sells cocaine to the "bright young things" of society. Victor may have been killed for attempting to blackmail that person, so Lord Peter takes over Victor's job. Using his own middle names, he becomes Mr. Death Bredon, a black sheep cousin of the Wimsey family. Along the way, Sayers educates her listeners on the workings of the advertising industry, where, as a struggling author, she worked for eight years in the 1930s, and which, interestingly, has not changed at all in the intervening 70 years since this book was written. Deftly narrated by actor Ian Carmichael, who does a great job with accents of all types, this story will disappoint Lord Peter fans: the plot is overly complex and the characters are largely shallow and stereotypical. Recommended for larger public libraries where the works of Sayers are popular.-Barbara L. Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
New York Evening Post
An excellent detective story and an excellent picture of a British advertising firm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062341655
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers

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.

Biography

Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency from 1921 to 1932. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. Dorothy L. Sayers also became famous for her religious plays, notably The Man Born to be King, which was broadcast controversially during the war years, but she considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She died in 1957.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Dorothy Leigh Sayers (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 13, 1893
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Death:
      December 17, 1957

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