Have His Carcase

Have His Carcase The mystery writer Harriet Vane recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath seeks solace on a barren beach deserted but for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut From the

  • Title: Have His Carcase
  • Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • ISBN: 9780060550233
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The mystery writer Harriet Vane, recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath, seeks solace on a barren beach deserted but for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut From the moment she photographs the corpse, which soon disappears with the tide, she is puzzled by a mystery that might have been suicide, murder or a political plot With the appeThe mystery writer Harriet Vane, recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath, seeks solace on a barren beach deserted but for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut From the moment she photographs the corpse, which soon disappears with the tide, she is puzzled by a mystery that might have been suicide, murder or a political plot With the appearance of her dear friend Lord Peter Wimsey, she finds a reason for detective pursuit as only the two of them can pursue it.

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    1. The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think,repose upon a manly bosomI think Have His Carcase is the book where Sayers begins to make the transition between a standard Golden Age detective story, and the much more interesting and engaging (I find) novels which make up most of the Wimsey-Vane stories. As much as the earlier novels are fun to read, with some very entertaining secondary characters, I think this is really the point where both Harriet and Peter start t [...]

    2. 4.5 stars for this delightful Whimsey novel that had my brain bouncing all about my head, rather like the ball inside a pinball machine!We have an older woman, desperate for love; her younger lover who wants an empire; and a son who sees his inheritance disappearing into the clutches of a gigolo. And so the scene is set for a murder. Simple? It could have been, but.This is one of the most complicated murders I have ever read. But also one of the most entertaining. We have the involvement of the [...]

    3. This is the eighth book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. We first meet Harriet Vane, crime writer and previously on trial for murder, in, “Strong Poison.” She then vanished in the next novel, “Five Red Herrings,” which I struggled with, and so I was pleased to become re-acquainted with her in this story.The book opens with Harriet Vane on a walking tour, when she finds the body of a man on a beach. His throat has been cut and, with the tide coming in, Harriet attempts to contact the police [...]

    4. Where I got the book: my bookshelf. Continuing my re-read of the Wimsey books.The plot: novelist Harriet Vane takes a walking vacation along the south coast of England to work on the plot of her latest murder mystery, but finds the body of a young man instead. Her suitor Lord Peter Wimsey is quickly on the scene, but the investigators are puzzled. All the signs seem to point to a particular perpetrator, but his alibi for the time of death is rock solid. Something is wrong with the picture--but w [...]

    5. I would say ‘another Lord Peter mystery,’ but it’s more accurate to say, ‘a Sayers book, marking the transitional point in the series where we stop having Lord Peter mysteries.’ And start having Peter-and-Harriet books, I mean.Not as enjoyable as I was expecting. Peter and Harriet are, of course, rubbing along very complexly here, with suppressed romantic sentiment (mostly Peter, but not all) and resentment (mostly Harriet, but not all). There is only one real eruption between them; th [...]

    6. After her highly-publicized near-conviction in the murder trial of her former lover (in Strong Poison), mystery writer Harriet Vane decides to get away from it all by taking a solitary walking tour in the countryside. While lunching on the beach, she stumbles upon a corpse. There are no one else's footprints in the sand, but other evidence suggests this was not suicideHarriet doesn't want to ask Lord Peter, who cleared her name once before, to do it a second time, but he shows up anyway. As the [...]

    7. I really loved rereading this one. I knew I would, when I revisited the opening linesThe best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth. After being acquitted of murdering her lover, and indeed, in consequence of that acquittal, Harriet Vane found all three specifics abundantly at her disposal; and although Lord Peter Wimsey, with a touching faith in [...]

    8. After reading Gaudy Night and hearing Peter and Harriet refer to "the Wilvercombe affair", I was intrigued and naturally wanted to read more about these two crazy kids solving another mystery. Rather misleadingly, the book that details this case is not called "The Wilvercombe Affair", and doesn't even have the word Wilvercombe in the title. It's called "Have His Carcase", because Dorothy Sayers wants to make us work for our fun, dammit. Anyway, the mystery in a nutshell: Harriet Vane, a couple y [...]

    9. In this entry in the Lord Peter Wimsey series of detective novels, we find the woman he loves, Harriet Vane, back on the scene. In fact, the story opens with her on a solitary walking tour in Cornwall, discovering a body on the shore. Lord Peter, guessing that this may mean trouble for her (since she has previously been mixed up in murder), flies heroically to her rescue.Not that his heroism—or their romance—is portrayed in the sort of terms that are recognizable to most present-day readers. [...]

    10. Another of the BBC's fantastic radioplays. I can't think why I didn't feel like listening to them for a while -- they're great, and very good company when I'm crocheting. I'm going to blame essay deadlines and such.Everyone's very well cast, of course, and the plot is easy to follow; maybe easier than when I read it, though I'm not sure if that's the audio or the fact that I have read it before, albeit the novel, not the radioplay adaptation. It suffers from a sad lack of Bunter and Parker, thou [...]

    11. I enjoyed this installment of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries as much as the previous ones, and was quite glad that it had Harriet Vane for the first time as Lord Peter's detective companion of sorts, after she discovers a corpse bleeding to death in a beach she's gone to walk in. The build-up of the police investigation is cleverer and less predictable than in the previous volumes, which I liked very much. Also, the partnership between the characters is started here, and promises to be a worthy [...]

    12. This one has so much of my catnip! Harriet Vane, on a walking tour of the West Country. English country village life. A beach. Witty banter and sexual tension between the principal players. And it has a terrific opening sentence:The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth.Harriet, while on her walking tour, spies a lovely deserted beach whereo [...]

    13. I’ve always loved this book, particularly for the first lines:"The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth."The rest of it continues as delightful, and while the BBC radioplay version doesn’t include the narrative stuff like that, it does include a lot of the delightful back and forth between Harriet and Peter — and, beautifully, the wrenching c [...]

    14. This is my least favorite of the Harriet books - the mystery feels almost needlessly complex, and Harriet and Peter don't interact enough (though the few interactions, especially the fight, are fabulously done).

    15. Sayers is one of my all-time favourite light reads and I'll yield to no one in my admiration of her writing but I have to say that the plotting of her murders is often weak and here is frankly bonkers. If you were planning to kill your mother's lover, the simplest thing to do would be to run him down in your car one day. Failing that, jump on him one dark night and stab him. If you have to, ring him up and arrange a rendezvous to do either of the above. Hurry back to your farm and no one can eve [...]

    16. This is the first of Sayers's Wimsey novels I've read. As far as detective novels go, it's interesting, not in the least when the crime being investigated becomes impossible to have been committed.However, what I find more interesting is Sayer's explorations of Wimsey as a person. I don't know about earlier novels, of course, but none of the short stories I've read do this. In each of them, Sayers holds the reader at length from Wimsey. He's always a distant figure, almost remote. But, using Har [...]

    17. I was so prepared to give this book a 5 star rating. I liked it so much more than Strong Poison. However, two things got in the way: the chapter about the cipher was difficult to follow, and I didn't feel that how they cracked the code or the specifics of the code were necessary to the plot. And, the ending was very abrupt.Other than that, I loved the complexity of the story and the way all of these different characters and aliases were introduced and intertwined. I found it very entertaining an [...]

    18. “I can believe a thing without understanding it.” “Your explanations are more incredible than the problem.”Perhaps the best Lord Peter mystery yet. Opening the book in the point of view of a female mystery writer gives the story a verisimilitude wanting in previous Lord Peter works, even those featuring Harriet Vane. Her reflections on how this “real” mystery compares with her fictional ones gives the story extra substance. Her critique of detectives in general and Lord Peter in part [...]

    19. Oh, I loved reading this book.I'm re-reading the Wimsey novels, except that I didn't read all of them to start with. Thus far in the series, there have been only two new-to-me books -- Unnatural Death (to which I had a rather mixed and fraught reaction) and this one. (I haven't read Gaudy Night or Busman's Honeymoon yet, either!)This means that I was really unspoiled for the mystery of Have His Carcase, and I had SO MUCH FUN with it. I'm new to detective stories and haven't (yet) reached the poi [...]

    20. The Peter Wimsey novels are one of the better known golden age mystery series, and the one which gets probably the most literary approval, as well as being known as one of THE great love stories in mysteries.And yet, while it falls well into re-read territory for me (because I like Peter) and I enjoy aspects of the romance (because Peter and Harriet are obviously so well suited to each other), I also at times thoroughly dislike the stories (because Peter is so ridiculously smothered in abilities [...]

    21. 1932, #7 Lord Peter, #2 Harriet VaneHarriet goes a-walking by the seaside and finds a man messily murdered but, alas, when the authorities finally arrive there is no corpse A sturdy, complex plot, extremely good observations of people and behaviors, a decent pace, and simply beautiful writing, all topped off with a sharp wit and a kind of elegance of attitude that you simply don't find these days. If you enjoy That Sort Of Thing, then this is your book. Classic timetable cosy - four-stars-plus. [...]

    22. Read by the inimitable Ian Carmichael, this is one of the Wimsey mysteries that tends to get the most raves. It wasn't until near the very end that I realised that yes, I actually had read it at some point decades ago. Probably back in the mid-80s when the local British Institute had a library that was open to all who cared to pay the modest membership fee.If you like ciphers and cryptic crosswords, you'll enjoy this story. Personally, I was reminded of The Nine Tailors with its bell-ringing cip [...]

    23. In which Sayers takes another stab at marrying off Lord Peter and being done with him. That part goes awry. However, she does produce a marvelous mystery in the process.Harriet Vane is off on a walking tour through the country. Her picnic on one beach culminates in finding a dead body, with a conspicuously cut throat. And then she has a horrible time getting to official attention, by which time the corpse is long lost under the tide.She brazens it out and notifies the press herself. With the med [...]

    24. Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries tend to fall in one of two camps: cleverly plotted mysteries without any unwelcome material, like Busman's Honeymoon, or mysteries so encumbered with sermonizing, lecturing or philosophizing that the reader loses sight of the clever plot, as in Gaudy Night, which almost made me give up on the franchise.Have His Carcase falls more in the former camp than the latter. While Sayers includes a few too many dead ends, which slow down the action, readers [...]

    25. A couple of Christmas holidays ago, my beloved sister-in-law gave me four Dorothy Sayers novels, and I had only read the first, so I decided to finish them this summer! I adore her writing and laugh aloud often. The mysteries are clever and intellectual (in this one there were many pages of ciphers which I just couldn't follow, quite honestly!) and the characters of Harriet Vane, mystery writer and very intelligent and independent woman shying away from any love involvement, and Sir Peter Wimsey [...]

    26. In order to have a solitary holiday with no mail or phones Harriet sets out on a walking tour of the coast. One day after lunch and a nap she comes across a corpse on a rock. It is the body of a young man and his throat has been slit. Knowing that the tide will come in soon and wash the body away Harriet does some investigating, finds the razor used and takes pictures of the body to give to the police. When she finally is able to reach a phone she calls the police and then the press, thinking th [...]

    27. 2017 RereadI may have liked this one better than Strong Poison this time around. That may mostly be due to the fight (which is still spectacular), but I also find that I enjoy Harriet as narrator, and as fellow semi-sleuth, and I enjoy she and Peter detecting together (off and on). Also, there is dancing.2016 Reread4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. Been reading this one off and on for the last few weeks.I do really like this one. I think I just like how everything is random and really complicated, [...]

    28. Magnificent! By far the best Lord Peter Wimsey novel that I have read up to now. Dorothy L. Sayers manages to build a convoluted, yet logical and convincing plot that never feels laboured or dull. Red herrings abound, but none of them are unfair, and the final reveal of how the murder was committed (and why it was so tricky to pin on the murderer) has the tremendously satisfying quality of a final piece clicking in to place that suddenly makes all that was confused that went before it now become [...]

    29. Damn, I wish the bloody British could just have a decent primal emotional reaction and kill somebody in anger, with a gun or knife or something, instead of obsessively plotting them to death. Is that too much to ask?Ever heard of an English murder short story? No? Why is that? Well, maybe because it takes a hundred pages to explain how the murder was accomplished and two hundred more pages to rehash how they figured it out.Well why did I give this four stars? Well quite simple really - I liked t [...]

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