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Have His Carcase

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Series: Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane (2), Lord Peter Wimsey (8)

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Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane investigate a dead body on the beach in this "nearly perfect detective story" by the author of Busman's Honeymoon (Saturday Review).
Harriet Vane has gone on vacation to forget her recent murder trial and, more importantly, to forget the man who cleared her name—the dapper, handsome, and maddening Lord Peter Wimsey. She is alone on a beach when she spies a man lying on a rock, surf lapping at his ankles. She tries to wake him, but he doesn't budge. His throat has been cut, and his blood has drained out onto the sand.

As the tide inches forward, Harriet makes what observations she can and photographs the scene. Finally, she goes for the police, but by the time they return the body has gone. Only one person can help her discover how the poor man died at the beach: Lord Peter, the amateur sleuth who won her freedom and her heart in one fell swoop.

Have His Carcase is the 8th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

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This is the 8th novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey series of 1930s British mysteries, although the first one I have read. It is set in a fictional seaside town in the South of England.

Harriet Vane comes across a dead body on the beach, later found to be that of Paul Alexis, a Russian dance instructor. She soon finds Lord Peter has arrived to help her solve the crime and before long they are knee deep in confusing and conflicting details, uncovering the details of Paul’s proposed marriage to wealthy older widow Mrs Weldon, a relationship hotly opposed by her financially strapped son Henry, and then there is his alleged connection with Russian royalty and possible suspicious involvement of Bolsheviks.

I found this an enjoyable story, particularly the fiercely independent Harriet and her daily refusals of Lord Peter’s marriage proposals. Although he is very British, at times in an exaggerated and foppish way, the banter between them is priceless. The actual mystery was far more detailed and convoluted than it needed to be. I don’t think I really had to know where all 24 of a certain batch of razors ended up, or all the alphabet combinations in the code, or even the ten different versions of the probable time frame for the crime. Despite all that this was a fun read, and in terms of strong female characters well ahead of its time. ( )
  mimbza | Jun 10, 2024 |
I really liked the first Wimsey/Vane book ("Strong Poison"), but this one was a bit tedious by comparison. I picked it up to keep reading about the characters, but it turned into long slog to puzzle out a murder with much discussion of train times and ciphers. Figuring out the mystery with 75 pages to go didn't help matters. ( )
  Byakhee | Feb 21, 2024 |
Far too many uses of the word "dago" for my liking. Otherwise it's a pretty solid and very clever golden age mystery but doesn't have that special something to lift it higher. The final twist is both logical and also made me go "come ON" at the book and start giggling hysterically. ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
(37) I loved the way this one started with Harriet Vane finding the body atop a big rock on a stretch of lonely beach while on a 'walking tour' vacation. (I guess this was a thing.) Not able to move the body to prevent the tide from coming in and washing it away - she sleuths around taking pictures of the slit throat, and the razor blade found in the water, and walks on to report it to the police in the next little town she comes to. Before long the police and Lord Peter are involved and the dead man is identified as a 'gigolo' at a seaside hotel, who dances with rich old ladies. And apparently sometimes convinces them to marry. The mystery gets incredibly convoluted and as the body has been washed away - its hard to prove murder or suicide.

I do like the interplay between Harriet and Peter and enjoyed all the hashing out of the details of the alibis. Who was telling the truth? The pages devoted to guessing the cipher were a bit much, though I did like the Romanov family tree twist. All in all it was definitely a good installment. Probably my biggest complaint is that they finally cooked up a story that made sense and then the novel just ... ended. Harriet and Peter literally say - lets go have lunch in Piccadilly square and leave this little town. I think a bit of a description of the aftermath and corroborating the theory was in order. ( )
  jhowell | Jul 15, 2023 |
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  SueJBeard | Feb 14, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sayers, Dorothy L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heusden, Alfons vanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ledwidge, NatachaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marber, RomekCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michal, MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Næsted, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom.
[Author's Note] In 'The Five Herrings', the plot was invented to fit a locality; in this book, the locality has been invented to fit the plot.
[Introduction] I came to the wonderful detective novels of Dorothy L. Sayers in a way that would probably make that distinguished novelist spin in her grave.
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I have seen unpleasant cases, difficult cases, complicated cases, and even contradictory cases, but a case founded on stark unreason I have never met before.
'You mean,' went on Wimsey, 'that they think in clichés.'

'Eh?'

‘Formulae. “There's nothing like a mother's instinct” “Dogs and children always know.” “Kind hearts are more than coronets." “Suffering refines the character”—that sort of guff, despite all evidence to the contrary.'
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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane investigate a dead body on the beach in this "nearly perfect detective story" by the author of Busman's Honeymoon (Saturday Review).
Harriet Vane has gone on vacation to forget her recent murder trial and, more importantly, to forget the man who cleared her name—the dapper, handsome, and maddening Lord Peter Wimsey. She is alone on a beach when she spies a man lying on a rock, surf lapping at his ankles. She tries to wake him, but he doesn't budge. His throat has been cut, and his blood has drained out onto the sand.

As the tide inches forward, Harriet makes what observations she can and photographs the scene. Finally, she goes for the police, but by the time they return the body has gone. Only one person can help her discover how the poor man died at the beach: Lord Peter, the amateur sleuth who won her freedom and her heart in one fell swoop.

Have His Carcase is the 8th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

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