Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #7)

Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #7)

by Dorothy L. Sayers


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“Written with distinction and wit, and is as much as psychological story as an experiment in detection. It has all the excitement which a detective story should offer.” — The Spectator

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 features 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062196545
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 476
Sales rank: 225,769
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.

Date of Birth:

June 13, 1893

Date of Death:

December 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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Ruth Rendell

“I admire her novels. . . . She has a great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail.”

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Have His Carcase 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Hours of enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The audio does not go word for word with the book. Beware of this if you are reading for a class project.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I've been rereading the Sayers' novels, I keep noticing how overly complex the plots are and this is one that rivals The Five Red Herrings for twists and turns. Harriet Vane is on a walking tour of the coast of England and finds a body on a beach, takes pictures of it and then it disappears. Peter Whimsey comes down and they work with the police to solve the case but every new piece of information creates more confusion. The final reveal is simple and clever but the true joy of this novel is seeing the growing partnership between Vane and Whimsey. Their dialogue and interactions feel true of two people who are trying to understand who they are and might be with each other. This book is best read after Strong Poison and before Gaudy Night to see the progression of Vane and Whimsey's romance.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sustaining power of Dorothy Sayers English mysteries continues to be the interesting chemistry between Lord Peter Wimsey, the sensitive yet formidable solver of murder and Harriet Vane, a writer of mysteries and the object of Lord Peter's affections. The plot is complicated with numerous rabbit holes being examined by Lord Peter, Harriet and an ample assortment of policemen, detectives and junior detectives, all trying to discover why a Russian emigre gigolo was found murdered on a lonely, English beach. Along with these experts, we are confronted with codes, false identities, disguises, tides, Bolsheviks, pretenders to thrones, secret letters and uncooperative fishermen. To sift truth from falsehood we have the analytical minds of Lord Peter and Harriet sometimes in harmony and sometimes at odds working together with the competent village constabulary.The language, settings and cultural mannerisms are interesting in displaying the character of 1920's England. The plot, though intricate, is frequently updated by the author in case the reader has lost a thread. Written by an author who shared her Victorian worldview through the thoughts and actions of her honest and courteous heros. A mystery of still enduring interest.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the Lord Peter Wimsey series systematically and in order. My first was Gaudy Night, which I adored and would rank five stars. I wouldn't myself recommend starting there, because I think readers would enjoy following the development of the romance between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane from its beginning in Strong Poison, the sixth book. This book begins with Harriet, still somewhat shaken by the events of that book, and definitely not intending to comfort herself on the "manly bosom" of Wimsey even though he'd eagerly offer it. There's a feminist subtext there from the beginning I think I enjoyed all the more knowing this was published in 1932. The mystery from internal evidence seems set in the preceding year, in a time between wars where relations between the sexes had undergone a revolution. I found striking this passage in an early chapter regarding women in a ballroom in old-fashioned regalia:The slender-seeming waists were made so, not by savage tight-lacing, but by sheer expensive dressmaking. Tomorrow, on the tennis court, the short, loose tunic-frock would reveal them as the waists of muscular young women of the day, despising all bonds. And the sidelong glances, the downcast eyes, the mock-modesty--masks only.... A quite different kind of womanliness--set on a basis of economic independence.Harriet Vane is a very modern woman--and that's definitely part of the appeal. And Lord Peter Wimsey is a charmer, and underneath the upper-class dandy there's a keen mind--someone who could truly partner her even if she can't yet see it. The beginnings of attraction are hinted at here in her not quite being able to keep her mind off him, in noticing nicely broad shoulders and well-turned calves. There's a sharp wit and humor in the narrative that mostly keeps things bubbling along and since Harriet Vane is herself a mystery novelist, there is some sly twitting at the conventions of the genre.If there's anything here not first rate, it's the mystery itself. Which isn't bad--I don't see yawing holes, but the convoluted scheme does rather strain credibility without quite having a Christie-worthy jaw-dropping resolution. But it did keep me guessing. Some parts dragged for me a bit--especially all the stuff about the ciphers. All in all in my opinion a much stronger novel than the first Wimsey, Whose Body? but not as wonderful as Gaudy Night, yet still an overall engaging read.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ha, ha, ha another great Dorothy Sayers ending. The problem is that after listening to about 5 of these Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, I'm getting a little tired of all the convolutions getting to that great ending. My advice, don't listen to too many of these at once. Separate them by a few months and you'll probably find them witty and entertaining and of course, informative.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have His Carcase is a better mystery than Strong Poison. A real baffler. Some of the characters are stock, Mrs. Weldon and Lord Peter seems to merely cardboard at times, but maybe Sayers his not only poking fun at the genre but herself too. Harriet Vane is a solid character. I especially like the fact that Sayers has only one murder and not a body count. The book also contains sly references to classical/English literature and there is quite an education in code writing.
Kateingilo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a novel mostly about Harriet Vane, with Lord Peter Wimsey playing only a supporting role.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord Peter, Harriet, and the police figure out who did the murder, but the proving of it becomes truly tricky. This mystery combines missing Russian royalty, secret codes, greed, and lonely hearts into a complex and interesting mystery. The last couple of pages were odd. The story ended a little abruptly. I believe it was done on purpose. Lord Peter and Harriets' frustrated feelings regarding the crime are meant to be felt by the readers, too. They, and we, know the criminal(s) have been caught, but Sayers doesn't tell us if they go to trial. You're almost sure they will, but there is the tiniest smidgen of uncertainty. It is an unusual way to end a mystery. Still, it is a good book. The code work was really interesting. Even though it's illustrated in the story, I wrote it out separately in order to really understand it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like her other books better
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, but not my favorite of the series
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charleyey More than 1 year ago
This is the second of the three novels Sayers wrote about the relationship between Lord Peter and Harriat Vein. In my opinion, it is the most satisfying also. It's a great mystery, and a interesting window into a time gone by.
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olemoney More than 1 year ago
This is a tedious read - with many characters, two of whom are running around in disguise and using aliases. It's very hard to keep the suspects straight, and one blasted chapter was devoted to the art of decoding cypers! I could not follow that to save my life. I was left wondering exactly who committed the crime, or why. The set-up was too exhaustingly elaborate, and there was such a push to conclude suicide rather than murder, a conclusion I could not accept and don't believe is at all possible.