Year 16, Book 52

52. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

One of my book clubs read Lucy Worsley’s book The Art of the English Murder. She talks about the works of Dorothy L. Sayers in the book, so we decided to read one of her books for our next meeting and settled on Murder Must Advertise. You can’t necessarily hold a book written almost a hundred years to today’s standards, but this book did not do women any favors. I also struggled with the writing style. There seemed to be long passages of just lists of things that could have conveyed the sentiment in just an example or two instead of an exhaustive list. I also figured out who did it fairly early in the book and thought it must be a red herring because it seemed so obvious, but no that is in fact who the murderer was. Mysteries aren’t typically my genre anyway, but this book was not in any way convincing me I should read more of them. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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