Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #11)

Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #11)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Busman’s Honeymoon has everything—mystery, comedy, love, and drama—all served up in Dorothy Sayers’s best style.”  —New York Times

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayers’s work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The fourth Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Busman’s Honeymoon features an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. Harriet and her love, Lord Peter, have finally tied the knot but begin their married life together on an expectedly sour note when a body is discovered in the cellar of their romantic country estate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792713678
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/1992
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Series , #11
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 586
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.

Date of Birth:

June 13, 1893

Date of Death:

December 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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Busman's Honeymoon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Aristera More than 1 year ago
From the opening, presented as letters and journal entries, through the murder mystery and beyond this is an excellent book. What holds it all together and makes it so much richer than most detective mystery novels is the love story of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. He is the sleuth that solves mysteries, she is a murder mystery novelist. Just married, they discover a body while on their honeymoon. This is the fourth Lord Peter mystery that includes Harriet Vane, and these are my favorites of the series. And Busman's Honeymoon is the best of all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read mysteries for easily 20 years beginning at the age of, I don't know, 12, and began tapering off in my 30s as I noticed that most of them were not worth re-reading (the sure sign of a really well-written book). This book is my all-time favorite mystery. The writing is well-above the ordinary genre level. It's more like literature with its finely drawn characters yet it is a mystery, and a great one, at that! Finally, it concludes a love story that began in Gaudy Night (well, actually in Strong Poison but finally reciprocated in Gaudy Night). Read all of the Dorothy Sayers, while you're at it!
teckelvik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite of the Peter Wimsey mysteries, and whenever I reread it I'm pleasantly surprised by how much better it is than I remember it being.What always throws me off is random, clumsy scenes and transitions - the scene, for example, where Bunter discovers the housekeeper dusting the wine bottles. It reads clumsily on the page, and seems to play Bunter for laughs in a way that undermines what we know of his character. There are scenes like this all over the book, and from the first time I read it, they have always jumped out at me, and pulled me out of my enjoyment of the rest of it.Years later, I discovered why. Sayers didn't write this book. A friend of hers wrote a stage play using the characters, and when publishers and public were badgering her for more Peter Wimsey, she grabbed the play and adapted it. This revelation clarified everything. I can see an audience roaring with laughter at Bunter's sudden discomfiture, and so many of the scenes I deplore are now revealed as stage directions converted to text.Having said all that, there is a lot to like about this book. Peter and Harriet are wonderful characters, and watching them settle in to life together is a joy. The whole game of quotations they constantly play is well worth whatever anyone might pay for a copy. There are other memorable characters, and Sayers did a good job with dialogue and setting.This gets four stars, which is low only in that everything else in this series gets five.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, Harriet Vane, are caught up in a murder case while honeymooning in a newly acquired home in a small English village. We know, of course, that Lord Peter and his wife who shares his sleuthing talents, will solve the case. What we are allowed to witness in this book, however, is the personal cost to Lord Peter as he sends a man to his death. As an officer in WWI, Lord Peter was called upon to order many of his men into battles from which they did not return. Having a sensitive nature, he did not easily recover from this knowledge and suffers from nightmares and renewed psychological distress whenever confronted with being the agent to send a man once more to death no matter what crime has been committed. We also witness the healing qualities of a loving marriage as Harriet struggles to comfort and help him through this traumatic experience. A very literate book displaying the considerable intellectual breadth and depth of the mind of Dorothy Sayers.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silly, privileged neweds Harriet Vane and Lord Peter travel to their just purchased country home to find themselves locked out and a dead body in the basement. Bunter, valet-butler-chief-cook and bottle washer, must deal with the locals while keeping his Lordship's wine from getting jostled. Slapstick comedy/mystery of the 1930s type
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Busman's Honeymoon is the story of a new marriage with an incidental murder that happens at the same. As with all the Sayers' novels that have both Lord Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane, they are best read in order as the focus is on their relationship and less on the crimes around them. In this case, the crime is part of the setting for their new marriage at Talboys, a country house that Harriet knew growing up. The first part of the book is conducted in letters that retell their marriage and the story begins as they arrive at Talboys. In terms of the mystery, it is the classic country house sort with hidden secrets and complicated solutions. What truly makes this book an enjoyable read is seeing Peter and Harriet, two adults who have been living by themselves for many years adjusting and learning and enjoying what it means to be married. To best appreciate their rocky relationship, it is good to begin with Strong Poison and then read Have His Body and Gaudy Night as they contain the rest of their story. Harriet and Peter are such a compelling couple to read because they are equally matched in terms of having a number of issues, intelligence and not being used to sharing their life with another. Though their conversation occurs in foreign languages and grand quotes in a way that is not terribly common, the sentiments and confusion behind them are shared by anyone who suddenly realizes I'm with this person in a whole new way, how strange.
Marliesd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An old mystery classic. Not quite Agatha Christie, but lots of fun anyway. She uses many literary references, though, which is good and sometimes, a little annoying. Even for an English teacher!
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a locked-door mystery as well as a murder in which the act leading to death happens way before the death itself (as is the case in many of Dorothy Sayers books), which sort of makes the locked door less of an obstacle. I did not guess whodunit, but I'm not sure I really cared. As she touched on in her note before the story, the "love-interest" and the "detective-interest" do not always mesh well. Lots of literary references, many of them obscure and not necessarily more clever than P.G. Wodehouse's. And then there are the letters from Lord Peter's uncle written in French with no clue in English as to what profound statements about life and love they contain. Still, I wanted to read it to the end; it's only after the book is over that it feels lacking.
bookswamp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lord Peter No. 11, 1937Even though their honeymoon is (partly) spent with crime solving, Sayers finds time for subtle romancing.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Accurately described as a "love story with intervals of detecting" not bad, but I prefer Murder Must Advertise or Lord Peter
nperrin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first mystery by Dorothy Sayers and I will definitely be returning for more. Lord Peter Wimsey is finally married, and he and his wife, Harriet Vane, must learn how to live together in their new roles. But on the first morning of their honeymoon a corpse is discovered in their new country house and dreams of a peaceful happy life are thrown into question.I've seen reviews that complain this mystery was a bit self-indulgent, and I won't disagree, but I think this just goes to show how well-loved Wimsey is by his creator and his readers alike. The mystery itself is first-rate and the village personalities great fun--especially the police superintendent who plays literary games with the Wimseys. I'll definitely be starting this series over at the beginning.
aubreyfs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are just married. Discovering a body in the cellar of their new home, the ameteur sleuth and detective novelist find themselves engaged in a very interesting albeit morbid honeymoon. Fun characters, a good plot. Nothing gorey or disturbing!
Kateingilo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Dorothy Sayers. She has a wonderful writing style, a highly educated mind, and a delightful wit. Some more adult content.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Sayers created the perfect complement to Lord Peter, Harriet Vane. Of course you know I think this is a wonderful book, full of humor, pathos and romance. Lord Peter and his wife, Harriet, begin their married life by trying to avoid the massive press invasion that celebrities are subjected to. They begin well, by having a quiet wedding and slipping past the reporters to their secret home in the country. Things go downhill from there though, because a corpse is discovered in the basement. Now begins the real test of the marriage. Will it survive the solution to the mystery
caltheat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always foruget how much I like Dorothy Sayers. And after this novel, I will always like Lord Peter better. He's clever but I have previously thought him pretenious. British nobility can hardly avoid it. It is interesting how the story is told primarily fromthe perspecitve of Harriet, his new wife; or from bunter, his "man"; we never see what Lard Peter is thinking or feeling except as translated by those who know him best. And how much managing he requires! i thought I lucky I am that my husband doesn't require that much managing, waiting, hoping,a nd understanding. Though, probably my single female friends think I spend too much time and energy managing my husband. Oh, what we do for love.
kadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of what happens on Lord Peter's honeymoon - loads of fun. Also a great look into the Wimsey-Vane marriage. Highly recommended.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the words of Ms. Sayers: "It has been said, by myself and others, that a love-interest is only an intrusion upon a detective story. But to the characters involved, the detective-interest might well seem an irritating intrusion upon their love-story. This book deals with such a situation. It also provides some sort of answer to many kindly inquiries as to how Lord Peter and his Harriet solved their matrimonial problem. If there is but a ha'porth of detection to an intolerable deal of saccharine, let the occasion be the excuse."This is really a gift to the many fans of Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, and thus should really only be read after one has read all of the other Lord Peter mysteries (or at the very least, Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night). On its own, I'm not sure if it's really that great a mystery, but it IS a wonderful love story about two strong-minded people who've found love later in life and must figure out how to make married life work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant characters and a smart mystery combine to make a satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord Peter and new wife Harriet wedding getaway turns into a murder investigation. Another Dorothy Sayers entertaining murder mystery.
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I was very happy to find Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane mysteries on Nook. I had not able to find them in print after I became a fan while watching the series from public television. I also enjoyed the Jill Paton Walsh continuation of the series.
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prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Most enjoyable reading as Peter and Harriet are finally wed ... but the honeymoon starts off a little bumpy. I can only wish that Sayers had survived longer to offer more titles.
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