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Busman's Honeymoon: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane
 
 
Author
Dorothy L. Sayers. Elizabeth George, intro.
Publisher Bourban Street Books  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780062196576
Pages/Publication Date 432/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38525
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Much to the varied amusement and dismay of all who know him, Lord Peter Wimsey finally marries Harriet Vane in this, the last of the Wimsey mysteries completed by Dorothy Sayers. And while murder is hardly the best way for the newlyweds to begin their honeymoon, it is certainly the most appropriate. Their married life begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite dead in the cellar. What Lord Peter hopes to be a private and romantic stay in the country becomes a baffling case, what with a misspelled "notise" to the milkman and a dead man who has not a spot of blood on his smashed skull and not a pence less than six hundred pounds in his pocket. In short, as Lord Peter says, "Back to the old grind. Rigor mortis and who-saw-him-last, blood-prints, information received and it-is-my-dooty-to-warn-you." Together, Harriet and Lord Peter pursue the truth to its less than happy ending even as they look ahead to their lives together. Called "one of the greatest mystery story writers of this century" by the Los Angeles Times, Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) was a British novelist, essayist, and scholar best known for her Lord Peter Wimsey tales, which have been nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Series of the Century. At the beginning of the series in 1923, the monocled aristocrat is a carefree war hero with loads of money and free time to spend on amateur sleuthing; by the time the series ends Lord Peter has developed into a man of conscience and moral responsibility, though the series never loses its wit. Accompanied in many of his adventures by mystery writer Harriet Vane—they meet in Strong Poison and marry in Busman's Honeymoon—Lord Peter is, as Sayers wrote, "the romantic soul at war with a realistic brain." This handsome paperback edition includes an introduction by Elizabeth George, creator of another, very different aristocratic detective, Inspector Thomas Lynley.
 
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