Thursday, July 30, 2015
Review of Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers (1933, NEL)
While I thought another Lord Peter Wimsey tale, The Nine Tailors, was first class I struggled through Murder Must Advertise for two main reasons. First, the story felt overly drawn-out, with whole sections either failing to move the story forward or barely doing so. Basically there were too many asides, or passages had long-winded detailing that were unnecessary. And while The Nine Tailors had the same style its asides were much more interesting. Second, I just didn’t connect with the characters, especially Lord Peter Wimsey who I found very tiresome especially in disguise as Death Bredon, nor most of people working at Pym’s Publicity, in part I think because who narrative is so classed with the world portrayed through a very particular upper class lens. Those issues apart, the mystery is okay if a little far-fetched. Overall, an satisfactory mystery tale, but not to my taste.