Have His Carcase

Have His Carcase

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Retreating to a barren beach in order to console her broken heart, mystery writer Harriet Vane is alarmed when she discovers the dead body of a young man and appeals to her friend Lord Peter for assistance in solving the mystery. Reprint.


“The Wimsey books are literate and delightful mysteries.”
Chicago Tribune

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayers’s work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The second Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Have His Carcase is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. Harriet’s discovery of a murdered body on the beach before it is swept out to sea unites her once more with the indomitable Lord Peter, as together they attempt to solve a most lethal mystery, and find themselves become much closer than mere sleuthing partners in the process.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperPaperbacks, 1995, c1936.
ISBN: 9780061043529
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 17 cm.


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Jun 03, 2014

Maybe you have to really love Peter Wimsey to plow through what at first seems a superficial story. But you know better, because Harriet Vane is at the center, or at least at the center of Wimsey's attention. I enjoyed the two steps forward, one step back progression of their relationship, and the mystery does get deeper. Some of the characters seem terribly dated and it's hard to be patient with that part. But human beings in all their goodness and badness are portrayed again by Sayers in this complex mystery.

mrsgail5756 Jul 05, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.


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