The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. In his tenth appearance, he takes a job as an advertising copywriter to expose a ruthless killer.
Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions....
Disguised as his disreputable cousin, Death Bredon, Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job - one that soon draws him into a vicious network of blackmailers and drug pedlars.
Five people will die before Wimsey unravels a sinister and deadly plot....
©1933 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
"She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller." (Minette Walters)
The strength of Sayers plotting and the twists of the plot.
If the narrator had listened to someone actually reading On Bredon Hill.
I could not come to grips with Wimseys's name pronounced as "breddon". It is pronounced "Breedun" . Spend two minutes finding On Bredon Hill - which is referred to in the text, making this an unforgivable error- on YouTube. It grated so very much. If the narrator didn't know or research this, then the editor should have. A pathetic and unnecessary mistake which had me clenching my fists on each hearing. Listen to the dramatised version with Ian Carmichael. A brilliant production and the one I should have bought.
Get the editors to do their homework.
Yes, depending on the friend's tastes. It was a good yarn. An unexpectedly interesting thing about it was the time when it was written (first published in 1933). I enjoyed the portrayal of aspects of life at that time - the advertising business, drugs, office life for men and women - written naturally when it was all contemporary, rather than as nostalgia or social commentary. I liked the fact that it was normal - and rather dashing - for Lord PW to put on a monocle.
Lively characters, good writing, fun.
This is the first Dorothy L Sayers book that I've read. I'll definitely be reading more.
I have always loved Peter Wimsey (and almost all other 'Golden Age' detectives however implausible the characters and plot really are. This one was enjoyable, but the narrator has a few annoying mispronunciations and sometimes odd pauses which occasionally distract. Not too badly though, so overall a good listen. Love the period feel and the Bright Young Things, and the setting in an advertising office is fun. I've listened to several others in the same series and enjoyed them all.
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