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.
"Another Excellent Wimsey"
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.
"It doesn't get any better than this!"
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.
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.
"Just when I thought it couldn't get better!"
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!
"Hurray! Lord Peter wins his lady!"
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,
The whole book could be condensed into two hours, and you wouldn't miss any of the plot. Not worth listening too.
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