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Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

Murder Must Advertise (1933)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Series: Lord Peter Wimsey (10)

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Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers is the 10th book in her series that features Lord Peter Wimsey. In this outing Lord Peter goes undercover at an advertising agency. Posing as a copywriter, he puts the pieces together in a murder that was disguised as an accidental fall down a spiral staircase and at the same time exposes a drug smuggling ring. Sayers was very familiar with the workings of an advertising agency as she herself had spent time working as a copywriter.

This particular book is one of the two from this series that has been honoured by being placed on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List. It is written in a slightly different style than her previous Wimsey books but was not a favorite of the author as she felt she rushed many of the details in order to fulfill her publisher’s contract.

Personally I really enjoyed Murder Must Advertise although I did miss the inclusion of his girlfriend Harriet. Sayers writes with wit and style and her spot on scrutiny of how advertising works to manufacture consumerism is still very much true today even though this book was originally published in 1933. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 18, 2018 |
IMO the best one. Lots of cricket.
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
This is my favorite Wimsey novel that does not include Harriet.

While the world of advertising 100 years ago is somewhat dated to our eyes- it's also amazing how fresh it is! Sayers has a lot of fun with the ridiculous elements of the industry.

And, of course, there's a murder. And Lord Peter must go undercover as his wastrel distant relation, and get all caught up in things that are well below His Lordship's dignity- though Peter seems to be having a grand time.

I'd put it right up there with "Gaudy Night" as among Sayer's best. ( )
  cissa | Apr 27, 2017 |
Definitely one of my favourite Sayer's novels.
The atmosphere of the advertising agency is perfectly captured. Reading this for about the third time, I caught something I'd previously missed - a passing reference to the 'Mustard Club' which was a real advertising campaign that Sayers herself worked on. ( )
  JudithProctor | Mar 10, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sayers, Dorothy L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnold, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franklyn-Robbins, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kliphuis, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mazzoldi, ElioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"And by the way," said Mr. Hankin, arresting Miss Rossiter as she rose to go, "there is a new copy-writer coming in today."
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Witty repartee,
Murder and flashy slogans,
Lord Peter at work.
Silly Lord Wimsey
Works as adman to catch thieves
Copying himself

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061043559, Mass Market Paperback)

When advertising executive Victor Dean dies from a fall down the stairs at Pym's Publicity, Lord Peter Wimsey is asked to investigate. It seems that, before he died, Dean had begun a letter to Mr. Pym suggesting some very unethical dealings at the posh London ad agency. Wimsey goes undercover and discovers that Dean was part of the fast crowd at Pym's, a group taken to partying and doing drugs. Wimsey and his brother-in-law, Chief-Inspector Parker, rush to discover who is running London's cocaine trade and how Pym's fits into the picture--all before Wimsey's cover is blown.

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Lord Peter Wimsey is called to a London advertising agency after an employee takes a fatal tumble down the stairs, and soon he finds himself investigating a bizarre series of murders involving cocaine, sex, and blackmail.

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