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When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death down a spiral staircase in the respected British advertising firm of Pym's, the fatality looks accidental. However, the victim's sister finds a suspicious half-written letter among his effects and prevails upon the head of the firm to hire private investigator Lord Peter Wimsey undercover as a copywriter so he can look into the case. It turns out there is much more to the death, and the victim's life, than meets the eye, and several more deaths (as well as a beating of Wimsey's brother-in-law, Chief-Inspector Parker) ensue. Wimsey also gets to enjoy creating ad campaigns and a spirited game of cricket. A delightful look inside an advertising agency as well as an engaging tale from the middle of Sayers's Lord Peter series.
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Peter Wimsey goes undercover in an advertising agency, and writes copy while searching for a murderer - and the murderer's link to the drug trade.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   run over    -   crushed    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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