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Busman's Honeymoon: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

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“Busman’s Honeymoonhas everything—mystery, comedy, love, and drama—all served up in Dorothy Sayers’s best style.” (New York Times)    “One of the greatest mystery story writers of this … see full wiki

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  • Feb 7, 2013
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My second Sayers Peter Wimsey tale was a delight because of the attribute I called out in the title of my review.  It is a murder mystery so we know there is a murder involved but for the first 100 pages (25%) of the story Sayers teases the reader mercilessly.  We know there has been a murder, and we even know who has been murdered, but we don't know where, how, why, when or by whom the deed was done or the body will show up.

In the meantime, Lord Wimsey has gotten married and all of the action takes place on the night of and the days following his wedding, at the country home he has let for the honeymoon because it was a childhood favorite of his new bride when she was growing up in the area.  And of course in the meantime are the literary asides and references that Wimsey, his wife, and the local police chief trade with rapid-fire speed.

The journey and the companions are the destination here, as the mystery and the eventual resolution are straightforward stuff when Sayers gets around to it.  But the waiting is worth the waiting for.

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