When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, no one seems to mind.
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (13 June 1893 - 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, which remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism, and essays.
In this unlikely adventure, Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover to break up a drug ring. Requested by the strait-laced owner of Pym's Advertising Agency to investigate the suspicious accidental death of copywriter Victor Dean, Lord Peter discovers that Victor's death is only a small piece of a much larger and more convoluted puzzle. Someone at Pym's is involved with a network that smuggles and sells cocaine to the "bright young things" of society. Victor may have been killed for attempting to blackmail that person, so Lord Peter takes over Victor's job. Using his own middle names, he becomes Mr. Death Bredon, a black sheep cousin of the Wimsey family. Along the way, Sayers educates her listeners on the workings of the advertising industry, where, as a struggling author, she worked for eight years in the 1930s, and which, interestingly, has not changed at all in the intervening 70 years since this book was written. Deftly narrated by actor Ian Carmichael, who does a great job with accents of all types, this story will disappoint Lord Peter fans: the plot is overly complex and the characters are largely shallow and stereotypical. Recommended for larger public libraries where the works of Sayers are popular.-Barbara L. Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.