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Summary

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 eighth appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane), he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.

A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear...

The young woman is the celebrated detective novelist Harriet Vane, once again drawn against her will into a murder investigation in which she herself could be a suspect. Lord Peter Wimsey is only too eager to help her clear her name.

©1932 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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"She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller." (Minette Walters)

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  • Arwen
  • Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • 29-12-15

Story fab, reader must be replaced

I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books and listening to them could be a real treat if it wasn't for the awful reader. She misses commas, mispronounces words and overall sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is reading. Her French accent has been learned from a computer and she doesn't know what she is saying! Please, please have someone else read these gorgeous books, someone with a more pleasant voice who can actually read? I've got three books read by her and I'm not getting more, not because of the stories - they are fab, that goes without saying - but because of that unpleasant, sharp voice and the total lack of understanding what she's reading.

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Terrible narration

The book is narrated in a lifeless monotone. Characterisation is particularly poor and and conversational passages are utterly dreadful.

Wimsey is not well served by this joyless rendition.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better read than other books in series

Need to say that this reading is better than some of earlier ones in series...thank goodness! Less "affected" and hence more convincing!

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wimsey

What did you like most about Have His Carcase?

the relationship between Wimsey and Harriet

What other book might you compare Have His Carcase to, and why?

five red herrings, both very complicated plots

What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

period placement

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

do you believe her?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just as Advertised

I've always liked the Peter Wimsey series and never liked Ian Carmichael's reading (he mumbles too much). So this new set of recordings delights me. The narrator has a pleasant clear deep voice and manages all the voices and accents well. She is a pleasure to listen to.

I remember reading this story many, many years ago and not liking it much but as an audiobook it is probably one of my favourites so far. I did remember the solution (well, the trick of the solution) but nothing else about it.

I enjoyed the interplay between Harrriet and Peter and I know there is more in Gaudy Night.

Just for the record, I fail to find fault with a woman reading a book with a male protagonist if it is done well and in this series it is done very well.

Full marks, Audible, and keep them coming.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great story, shocking narration

What did you like best about Have His Carcase? What did you like least?

The narrator. Why would you have a female narrator for a male lead? Her accent is forced and annoying. A lot of the nuances of the story are lost because of the narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wimsey but not the way it's read.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

No

Was Have His Carcase worth the listening time?

The story but not the voice

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story and I would buy it again with someone else reading it

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A bit of editorial control needed

Not my favourite of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, but a good tale and an important point in the Peter/Harriet story. It is generally well read and Jane McDowell has a good voice for the story. I question the wisdom of reading out every letter in the ciphered document, which gets very tedious to listen to. Also, there are a few excruciating mispronunciations, not just of names (e.g. Bredon) but ordinary words like "mischievous". I'm not sure I will listen to it more than once.

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So disappointed in this narrator

The works of Dorothy L Sayers have long been favourites, both the dramatised and the unabridged audio versions of the books. As there are more of the former, I was delighted to see the complete works being recorded in their full versions. Until I listened to this narrator. She has no distictintive 'voice for Lord Peter Wimsey, which means it is often impossible to tell when he is speaking. This is incredible, given his ststus as the protaganist. When she manages a distinct accent for any other character, it slips within a few sentences. The beauty of Sayers work is partly in the wonderful cameo depictions of a great many minor characters, which are utterly lost in this narration. I felt there was no real pleasure in, or understanding of the text from the narrator. I have not bought any of the other books in this series read by this narrator, and am grateful that I have had the chance instead to collect as many of the Ian Carmichael readings as possible over the years. The 'Five Red Herrings as read by Patrick Malihide (?) is also excellent, with wonderful evocative Scottish Galloway accents. The only positive thing to have come out of these new editions are the beautiful graphics for the covers. Sadly, that simply isn't enough in an audio format. I am very sad to think that people new to this author may be turned off a fine writer by such a poor narrator.

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  • Fes
  • Ealing, United Kingdom
  • 04-02-18

Long winded.

OK but timetables and clue solving been read out is terribly tedious. Sayers seems to have had a fondness for that type of thing.

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False pretences

The story of this book was advertised as Harriet Vane waking up on a beach and finding a dead body at the side of her. She is accused of the murder and Lord Peter Wimsey arrives to prove her innocent. That is all absolutely untrue. She wakes up and walks for ten minutes before she finds a body and the police never seriously suspect her of murder. So this audio book was sold under false pretences. The story is rambling and full of unnecessary, boring detail. Not impressed and not what I expected.

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  • GeoMat
  • 01-01-18

A great Sayers-Wimsey combination

The above combination and With Harriet Vane..this is a brilliant book. In typical Sayers style..the mystery unpeels like an omion, in so many layers...Enjoyed the plot and more so the performance. Thanks.