Murder Must Advertise
The ad men at Pym’s can sell anything—even murderThe iron staircase at Pym’s Publicity is a deathtrap, and no one in the advertising agency is surprised when Victor Dean tumbles down it, cracking his skull along the way. Dean’s replacement arrives just a few days later—a green copywriter named... show more
The ad men at Pym’s can sell anything—even murderThe iron staircase at Pym’s Publicity is a deathtrap, and no one in the advertising agency is surprised when Victor Dean tumbles down it, cracking his skull along the way. Dean’s replacement arrives just a few days later—a green copywriter named Death Bredon. Though he displays a surprising talent for the business of selling margarine, alarm clocks, and nerve tonics, Bredon is not really there to write copy. In fact, he is really Lord Peter Wimsey, and he has come to Pym’s in search of the man who pushed Dean. As he tries to navigate the cutthroat world of London advertising, Lord Peter uncovers a mystery that touches on catapults, cocaine, and cricket. But how does one uncover a murderer in a business where it pays to have no soul? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Publish date: July 31st 2012
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 328
Edition language: English
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey , 2, 10, 12
Another quick trip down memory lane, courtesy of the BBC's full cast audio adaptation of this novel starring Ian Carmiachel (who also starred in the first of the Beeb's two TV series based on Sayers's novels). This was Sayers's revenge on the advertising business, based on her own early job experi...
As I mentioned elsewhere, I have many fond memories of Dorothy L. Sayers' books from our days in Pittsburgh and first settling back in the Boston area (back in the good old days before Regan, when economists still made an attempt at being honest purveyors of their alleged craft, rather than lap dogs...
When ad man Victor Dean falls down the stairs in the offices of Pym's Publicity, a respectable London advertising agency, it looks like an accident. Then Lord Peter Wimsey is called in, and he soon discovers there's more to copywriting than meets the eye. A bit of cocaine, a hint of blackmail, and s...
Reading this novel I get why people praise Dorothy Sayers not just as some clever puzzle-maker, creator of a classic detective or a mere mystery writer, but as a fine novelist who wrote works that can be called literature. In this story, after a half-finished letter implying corruption is found am...
As an example of the times (1933) it's unbeatable. While the details of advertising have changed over the years, the general feel remains much the same, I think. So, there's the delight of Wimsey observing a normal workplace and, of course, doing a marvelous job. Then there's the whole series of sce...