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. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled 'notise' to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn't any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.
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I really enjoyed this reading of Busman's Honeymoon by the late great Ian Carmichael. I am biased i know but, to me, he was Wimsey. He rattles on in great style bringing all the joys of the newly wed down to the angst of finally nailing the killer. Highly recomended.
Classic detectives and history are mostly my thing along with a dash of science fact and fiction.
Once again Ian Carmichael brings Lord Peter Wimsey to life and once again his characterisations are wonderful. I have become an avid fan of this series of books to such an extent that I have spent eight hours straight listening to this book. What more can I say? I believe I am an audiobook addict and I blame Ian Carmichael. If you are a fan of murder mysteries look no further!
The Wimsey novels were some of the first "grown-up" books I read as a child and I have been in love with them ever since. What makes this (and the others on offer) so special is the narration of the late and sadly missed Ian Carmichael. He himself was the epitomy of the classic English gentlemen and so his narration (and acting in the series in the 1970s) surpasses anything anyone else could do with these books. If you have never come across the books before and like a classic who-done-it written with wit and intelligence, read by an actor with perfect pitch, diction and performance, then you have to give these books a go. Read them in any order, it doesn't really matter, though if you want to be strictly in order, leave this one to last.
Really enjoyed this. It is read well and brings the characters to life. I confess to being a Wimsey fan, so I may be biased, but I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.
Just love the Englishness of it too.
Dorothy L. Sayers at her best. Wonderful story, excellently read. Everything you wanted to know about the newly married Lord and Lady Peter and a wonderful cast of new characters for a murder mystery with the usual absorbing interest.
I love the Peter Wimsey stories by Dorothy L Sayers and this is one of the best. Lord Peter's wooing of Harriet Vane for five years culimates in an Oxford wedding and honeymoon in an isolated village away from newspaper reporters and ;prying eyes. Letters to and from relatives/ guests following the wedding lay down the events up to the Honeymoon. What are they met with when arriivng at the house they have purchased in the village where Harriet's family lived? The previous owner is missing and no preparations have been made for them. No heat, no light no food except for the few provisions brought with them. It looks as though the honeymoon is going to be a disaster! The exceptional manservant Bunter valiantly saves each difficult situation and there are wonderful characterisations of the chimney sweep, the cleaner and the various callers at the house, but where is the previoius owner and what has he done with the money paid to him for the house?
As in all of the writings of Dorothy L Sayers the language is superb, the characters live, emotions are wonderfully described and they all seem very human. The love story between Lord Peter and his Lady
Harriet runs through the novels in the old fashioned way with nothing too explicit just leaving it to your imagination. Ian Carmichael is the master of his art in these recordings, swapping character for character at amazing speed. He obviously loves the books too. This is a thoroughly good listen and something to go back to time and time again,
I enjoy the wit and style of Dorothy L Sayers, and this is her best. Heavy on the class warfare which clangs with today's world (fortunately), but beautifully written and with two of the most adorable sleuths in the brilliant, suave but damaged Lord Peter Wimsey and his beloved butler Bunter, and now with the addition of the swift but prickly Harriet Vane/Lady Peter, this is a do-not-miss whodunnit. All three are thrust into a murder-mystery on milord and milady's honeymoon.
The humour of their first morning in their cottage, the pathos of the end.
He seems to be Lord Wimsey embodied; light and frivolous to amorous to deadly serious.
The "how" as in how the murder was accomplished was very interesting.
The whole book fitted together well. No one scene stood out over the others.
So Lord Peter and Harriet got married and lived happily ever after.....solving a mystery or two on the way.
I love listening to audiobooks whilst driving or doing mundane tasks such as ironing or housework. Time flies and what I find unenjoyable becomes something I often look forward to. Busman's Holiday was a great listen and I loved Ian Carmichael's narration.
Not a great intellectual read/listen but intriguing and held my attention throughout.
One of the best
Yes and as always he is peerless when it comes to Lord Peter Wimsey
If you like wordy, witty stories with emotional depth then this audiobook is for you. Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey personified and by the end of the audiobook you forget it's been narrated by just one person.
The story, as I expected, is a good old-fashioned murder mystery, with an engaging cast of characters, a good setting and more suspects than would innitially appear apparent.
Ian Charmichael makes a wonderful Peter Wimsey. However, he fails to differentiate enough between the two when reading Peter's and Harriet's parts, so that the many and frequent converstations between the two of them are difficult to follow with any certainty as who which of them is speaking at any given moment.
A good book, let down, slightly, by a so-so performance in that respect, although still worth listening to for all that.
"A Mystery with Romantic interruptions"
Or a romantic honeymoon interrupted by the discovery of a corpse either way it is an enjoyable story with just enough comedy to leaven the mystery
The stories, I think come close to this are other the stories starring Lord Peter and Harriet Vane or Agatha Chritie's heroes Tommy and Tuppence in 'Partners in Crime'
"Sayers is one of the best!"
Funny, exciting, refreshing.
I don't think the story is a edge of your seat, but you move through the story with Peter, Harriet and Bunter searching with them for the responsible person/s.
Other than Sir Peter and Lady Harriet. I liked Ian's rendition of Mrs Ruddle, he does her so well and of course Bunter who is a favourite character of mine.
There are a couple of sensitive moments that touch you, when Miss Agnes Twitterton reveals to Harriet her love for Frank Crutchley, you feel some sympathy for her at this time and at the end of the story there is a moment with Sir Peter, just after the climax when the responsible person has been removed, Sir Peter has that 'punch in the stomach' moment when he reflects on the horror of the crime, this is a turly wrenching moment.
I love Dorothy Sayers books and I have many of them on audiobook, they are well worth the time of reading or listening. I recommend her to everyone.
"I love this book"
This is an incredibly well put together story, balancing characters and plot beautifully and charmingly. It's witty and charming and the romance is delicately dealt with.
"Ah, what is love?"
One of the most beautiful declarations of love as narrated by Ian Carmichael has stayed in my head for some time now. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the first weeks of Lord and Lady Peter's marriage with them even though it was a busman's homeymoon.
The first few hours were so so hard to hear. Rapid clipped narration from Ian Carmichael made this so difficult.
The story is good, the writing witty and 1930's fun,
Maybe if you have an audio player that you can slow down you may actually hear the words, otherwise be warned. Listen to the sample.
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