Monday, November 28, 2016
MURDER MUST ADVERTISE - Dorothy L. Sayers
There has been a mysterious death at Pym's Publicity and Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to obtain any information that he can to see if there was more to this death other than a trip down a stair well.
There are several excellent detective story writers from the 'golden age', generally the 1930's - 1950's, but for me Sayers is at the very top. Compared to Agatha Christie Dorothy L. Sayers is next level. She has well plotted stories, character development and wonderful banter between these characters.
Sayers did work at a advertising agency and her inside knowledge is put to full use here, As with all her stories she subtly mocks a society that continually has women as second class citizens. She was a very clever feminist many years before most knew how to spell the word.
Sayers is still widely read today because her stories are generally timeless, this was written in 1933 and apart from some phrases stands up well.
Not only is this a good detective story it is also a beautiful edition, part of a Folio Society box set of five books I received as a gift. Not only a great mystery writer but a very interesting woman.