Monday, November 04, 2013

Book Review: Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers

Murder Must Advertise  (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #10)Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I have been enjoying Lord Peter Wimsey books this year.  This one was my least favorite so far.  Not to say that I didn't enjoy it, just that I've preferred the others.

I was disappointed that the murder was incidental to a greater story.  I was disappointed by how the outcomes were determined and some plot threads seemed left untangled ...

I did like the ideas Sayers developed about advertising and the commercial culture.  The cycle of creating a perceived need to sell an item to create a need was prescient of her.  Sayers' wit as she dissected the police novel was rapier sharp.  It was as true of that style novel as modern TV police-dramas.

I'm ready, though, to read more books with Harriet Vane.  I think I like him better with her than without.

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