Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) by Dorothy L. Sayers

Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13)

Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, mystery writer Harriet Vane, start their honeymoon with murder. The former owner of Talboys estate is dead in the cellar with a misspelled "notise" to the milkman, not a spot of blood on his smashed skull, and £600 in his pocket.

Details Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13)

TitleBusman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2006
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Romance

Reviews Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13)

  • Madeline
    While reading this, the fifth Sayers mystery I've read so far, I was finally able to figure out just why I love her novels more than any other mystery writer I've encountered so far: I love Dorothy Sayers because she does everything wrong, but it all somehow manages to work.There are some commonly accepted rules for novel-writing, and detective-novel-writing specifically, that authors have to follow in order for anyone to enjoy/buy their books. D...
  • Jaline
    This novel opens with a series of unkind and gossipy letters, mostly among the aristocratic circles that the Wimsey family is connected to. Among the scribbling gossipers is Lord Peter’s sister-in-law, Lady Helen, the Duchess of Denver. However, neither Lord Peter nor his intended, Harriet Vane care two figs about others’ opinions on their nuptials. After a courtship of almost 6 years, everything finally fell into place for them and they are ...
  • Adrian
    (Before I talk about the "book", I think it is worth noting that the dramatised audiobook I listened to this morning is NOT the book, and should not really be included as an "edition" of the book. It is a BBC Radio 4 dramatised version that is only 150 minutes long, and reading some other people's reviews I realise that it does NOT include certain aspects of the book at all.I have set up dramatised versions where they did not exist but as I am no...
  • sharon
    Having never read Busman's Honeymoon, I'd still somehow managed to pick up the vague idea that: 1) it featured a married Peter and Harriet, and, because of that fact, 2) it wasn't very interesting. Right on the first count, definitely wrong on the second.It's true that this final Sayers-penned Wimsey mystery is more a meditation on the ups and downs, joys and negotiations of new marriage (Harriet and Peter manage to sneak off for a honeymoon only...
  • Susan
    After agreeing to marry Lord Peter Wimsey in “Gaudy Night,” this novel sees the couple marrying and embarking on their honeymoon. Having fought both herself, and her feelings, for so long, Harriet allows Peter to buy her a house – Talboys – a farmhouse that she admired as a child, to be a weekend cottage. Delighted to please her, Peter buys the house from the current owner, Noakes, who agrees to stay there until they move in.However, what...
  • Andree
    2019 RereadThe Prothalamion continues to be everything I've ever wanted. The Dowager Duchess is a delight.And I just love Peter and Harriet finding their footing after the major shift in their relationship, particularly juxtaposed with how they both are in Gaudy Night.I also love how all the minor catastrophes and inconveniences really bring it home to both of them that they're actually married. 'Tis great.This one just makes me happy.2019 Readin...
  • Kim
    This novel is really much more of a love story than a mystery, as Dorothy L Sayers herself acknowledged. But for readers who followed the story of Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane through the three previous novels which featured both characters, it is a most satisfying love story and a welcome culmination to the years of Peter's patient courtship and Harriet's determined resistance. Tbere's enough of a mystery to make it worthy of being called a mys...
  • Ruth
    Ian Carmichael made a surprisingly good Lord Peter, with none of the 'what-ho' exclamations I was expecting, and I enjoyed seeing Peter and Harriet in their newly-wedded bliss which wouldn't have been complete without a mystery to solve.
  • Jason Koivu
    Wimsey gets married and goes on honeymoon, but can't get away from murder. Too bad for him, but good news for us!
  • Manab
    সুলিখিত, কিনতু মোটের উপর, একরকমের বাজে।ডরোথি সেয়ারস তাঁর উইমসি থরিলারদের জনয বিখযাতের বাড়া, আমি অবশয এর আগে তাঁর কলাউডস অফ উইটনেস পড়ে মোটামুটি হতাশ হইছিলাম। এইবারও তেমন ক...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    I'm not reading these Sayers books in any kind of rational order. Oh, I am in love with this one. I know just enough of Sayers' biography to appreciate why she would have written this. Up until the introduction of the body, it feels more like a Wodehouse, with a bit of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House thrown in. One doesn't normally say of mysteries that they are sweet, but the author has done a fabulous job of showing two people who are in l...
  • Craig Monson
    I somehow managed to miss this Dorothy Sayers mystery when I read all the other Peter Wimseys fifty years ago. It strikes me as even loooonger on characters who are characters than I remember from her other books, offering unusually extended swatches of village rustic, country-bumpkinish dialogue to contrast with quicker, upper-crust wit. (What with this decidedly “pre-globalization” flavor, if Sayers were to return from the dead to write a m...
  • Bettie☯
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  • Alisha
    This is either a love story with detective interruptions, or the other way round. Either way, one is certain to prefer one part of it over the other, and I definitely prefer the interludes between Lord Peter and his new bride. Not only are they very much in love, they are incredibly honest, communicative, and generous with each other about the adjustment that married life means. They have both found rest from the weary world, in each other.Here's...
  • Nikki
    I can't imagine reading Busman's Honeymoon for the mystery. By this point, the mystery is decidedly secondary to the characters and their relationship -- the pace is slow, and domestic details abound. I think we might learn more about Peter and Bunter than we do in any other book from how they behave in this one -- but much as I love it, I can completely understand why people who don't have any attachment to the characters (whether through not re...
  • Bev
    So...Lord Peter finally gets the girl. Well, we knew that at the end of Gaudy Night...what with them kissing madly in the middle of Oxford and all. But this one seals the deal. The book begins with the details of the months leading up to the wedding, the wedding itself, and on to the honeymoon. Not that Sayers is so gauche as to reveal ALL about the wedding night, but it's abundantly obvious that our favorite lord and his new lady have quite a ni...
  • Caro Kinkead
    Oh, frabjous day! At long last, Dorothy L. Sayer's marvelous Lord Peter Wimsey novels have been released in in ebook form. I say this as someone who has at least one copy of all the novels and short story collections in her house (sometimes two because one copy has simply been read to death), but having the books easily and conveniently available wherever I go is a joy.Sayers called the book "A love story with detective interruptions" and that it...
  • Teri-K
    I love the way this book opens. In the previous one Harriet and Peter have agreed to marry, and this book covers the first few days of their honeymoon, but of course fans want to read about the engagement and wedding. Unfortunately that's often not all that satisfying to read, especially if it has to be rushed over to get to the main story. So Sayers opens with one chapter of excerpts from letters between friends and not-so-friendly people, and p...
  • Miki
    I've never read one of Sayers' books before. It's not at all what I expected, especially the ending. From what I've read about these books, I expected "Pip pip", "Quite, old boy", and a main character who was a blithering idiot. What I got was a real person, not a caricature. Lord Peter Wimsey loves his new wife deeply, and actually THINKS about how he feels. His declaration to Harriet is one of the most tender offerings of devotion I've ever rea...
  • ladydusk
    Own and Kindle.Perhaps my favorite LPW to this point.
  • Jeanette
    So now Harriet and Peter are married and off to a honeymoon at Fallboys. It's a money pit ancient abode. Massive with charm. And it's one thing after another, but primarily the chimneys won't draw and it's late fall cold. That's the setting. And overall I thought it a 3.5 star rounded up for the Peter/Harriet conversations upon future sensibilities/ habits/ assumptions they will be making with / between each other. And the erudite intros and all ...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Dorothy L. Sayers created a memorable sleuth in the patrician Lord Peter Wimsey, whom she envisioned as a cross between the debonair Fred Astaire and the wooly-headed Bertie Wooster. Like the latter, Lord Peter's frequently rescued by his man, Bunter; unlike either, Lord Peter conceals a perspicacious mind and an overly sentimental heart underneath his frivolous exterior. Nearly a century later, mystery lovers like myself still enjoy Sayers' myst...
  • Jane
    Where I got the book: my bookshelf. Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey are married at last, and have purchased an old house in the country where they intend to honeymoon. They arrive to find that the previous owner hasn't put things in order as he promised, and find out (mercifully AFTER the wedding night) that there's a good reason...This novel was based on a stage play that Sayers wrote with a friend (presumably to capitalize on the popularity ...
  • Louise Hartgen
    When I have had a really dirty day and want to do no more than curl up with a glass of wine and a whacking good who dunnit, then it has to be Dorothy L Sayers. Ah, Lord Peter Wimsy, you either love him or loathe him! I've always loved him, and I particularly like this book because it is not your average crime novel.Oh sure, you have a pair of newly-weds, an old house in the country, a cast of eccentric characters from the bumbling vicar to the tw...
  • Katie
    Even though I'm giving this five stars, I do rather agree with those of you who didn't like it as well as you expected. It's just that the good parts are SO GOOD. The ending in particular means the book NEEDS five stars.Overall, though, there was too much time spent on villagers and I didn't like them as well as I often like Sayers's side characters. I just wanted to get back to Peter and Harriet!But ohhh, the bits we DID get of them were so grea...
  • Beth
    Flawed but fabulous. This is my favorite epistolary anything-ever-written, even beating out Sorcery and Cecelia. I love this opening so much. Helen's letter - the Dean's letter - the Duchess's diary - everything about it is perfect.The mystery, slightly less so. This is flawed. But it sets up some spectacular scenes between Harriet and Peter, and let's face it: those are the only reasons I reread this book. (I even typed the French sentences into...
  • Suzannah
    Dorothy Sayers is wonderful, and this book is an excellent companion volume to Gaudy Night, although not quite so good.
  • Trelawn
    Brilliant, as ever. An intriguing murder intrudes upon Peter and Harriet's honeymoon. Dorothy Sayers knew how to plot a mystery and she made an excellent sleuth in Peter. A very enjoyable reread.
  • Nikki
    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.Busman’s Honeymoon isn’t the most substantial story, though it does have insights into married life and the kind of compromise necessary to couples. Harriet and Peter talk out the problems they encounter, and it’s a delight. In this book they finally get married — mostly covered in excerpts from letters and diaries, including some delightful glimpses into Peter’s mother’s life and way of thinking — and...
  • Ron
    "We can’t pick and choose. Whoever suffers, we must have the truth. Nothing else matters.” This story opened like a farce compared to the previous serious detective tale, Gaudy Night, however it ends being one of the richest of the series in terms of literary allusions, humor and psychological insights. Sayers returns to the lasting impact of shell shock (World War One’s PTSD) and the personal cost of exposing criminals.“Come and hold my ...