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Murder Must Advertise

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957)

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Title:Murder Must Advertise
Author:
Sayers, Dorothy L.   
(14 of 25 for author by title)
The Nine Tailors
The Mind of the Maker
Published:   1933
Publisher:Harcourt, Brace and Company
Tags:crime, fiction, Lord Peter Wimsey (Fictional character), mystery
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When junior copywriter Victor Dean dies from a fall down the iron staircase at Pym's Publicity, a posh London ad agency, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to investigate. Before his tragic demise, the victim had tried to warn Mr. Pym, the firm's owner, about some scandalous behavior involving his employees.

Posing as a novice copywriter, Wimsey discovers that Dean was in with an unsavory crowd of Bright Young People whose recreational habits link them to the criminal underworld. The garish daylit world of Adman Archetypes contrasts weirdly with the nightmare world of gaslit flares, drugs and passion. A slugged reporter – a mysterious powder – too many ‘accidental’ deaths all twine into the mystery as Winsey follows the faint and tangled trail of clues to solve the cryptic puzzle that baffles even Scotland Yard. Death stalks the halls at Pym’s – and someone knows that Wimsey is just not playing cricket. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Sayers, Dorothy L.

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was an English writer and playwright. She is best known for her crime fiction but also for her popular plays. Born in Oxford to a family involved in education, she excelled as a student herself and graduated with honours. Eschewing the academic life she moved to London in 1922 where she worked for an advertising agency as a copywriter.

She published her first book in 1923, Whose Body, which featured one of her favourite literary characters - amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Many of her books were based on this character and her carefully researched plots proved very popular with her fans. In 1935 she wrote, Gaudy Night, which culminated the career of Wimsey and proved to be one of her most popular novels. It was at this time that a friend persuaded her to co-write a play called Busman's Honeymoon. Her success with the endeavour led her to start writing plays and she produced eight more in the next 15 years. She also developed an interest in ancient Italian literature and translated Dante's Divine Comedy accompanied by clear and concise annotation. Unfortunately her writing career was cut short unexpectedly in 1957 when she died of a sudden heart attack. (Dorothy L. Sayers Society)

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