Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

Title: Have His Carcase
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey, #7
Genre: Classic mystery
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed Strong Poison though not its immediate sequel. I wanted to give Sayers another chance.
Pages: 440
Copyright Date: 1960
Cover: A small woodcut on a white background. A woman capering on a beach stops to stare at a body on a rock. You might think the man was sleeping but for the blood seeping below.
First line: "The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose on a manly bosom."
Best part: The banter between LPW and Harriet Vane, who is my favorite character in the series.
Worst part: There were about fifteen pages on the two of them trying to break a cipher. Please, I don't need all the details! Just tell me what it said once you broke the code! (I would have found it much more interesting if there was an appendix explaining how to create or break a cipher of that kind.)
Imaginary Theme Song: "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" by Annie Lennox - a good song for Ms. Vane, I believe.
Grade: C+
Recommended for: People who want to explore the roots of manners mystery.
Related Reads: Strong Poison by the same author, Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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