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Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey with Sarah Badel as Harriet Vane and co-starring Peter Jones, Rosemary Leach and Peter Vaughan in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Society’s eligible women are in mourning.

Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last, having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely mystery novelist Harriet Vane. The two depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse but find, instead of a well-prepared love nest, the place left in a shambles by the previous owner.

His sudden appearance, dead from a broken skull in the cellar, only prompts more questions. Why would anyone have wanted to kill old Mr Noakes? What dark secrets had he to hide? The honeymoon is over, as Lord Peter and Harriet Vane start their investigations.

Suspicion is rife and everyone seems to have something to hide, from the local constable to the housekeeper. Wimsey and his wife can think of plenty of theories, but it’s not until they discover a vital fact that the identity of the murderer becomes clear.

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  • ellisen brown
  • 19-01-2015

Dorothy Sayers, Busman's Holiday

Audiobook...started on this collection. And wasn't dissapointed.lobed the fact since I was new to the characters I felt I was introduced straight away. And haven't looked back.enjoyed it that much I listened to this and couldn't put it down.easy listening.aand I thought I was there. Enjoy this type of audiobook.really got into it.nothing to demanding.

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  • Susan
  • 20-02-2011

Busman's Honeymoon

Very good cast. Really good plot and easy to follow. The actors' voices were very easy on the ears. I would definitely buy another dramatisation.

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  • Mrs
  • 23-05-2016

really good listen

love this story have listened to it so many time I could probably recite it word for word but it never gets boring

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  • chrissie64
  • 23-05-2016

Easy listening

Good dramatization, with a good cast. Have listened to this several times and have always enjoyed it.

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  • 16-01-2015

The Funniest Christie Story

I love this dramatisation of the Busman's Honeymoon, it so funny with lots of risky puns & laughter. Spilling over with a fantastic cast of top names who brim over with enthusiasm to bring us comedy at its best. We chuckle each & every time we listen, which must be in the 20's. A little Christi gem.

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  • Phyll
  • 19-05-2018

Disappointing

I thought I was getting the book but it turned out to be a performed play. Good as far as it went, but I would have preferred the whole story.

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  • Scot
  • 09-01-2018

A shell of the book

Busman’s Holiday is my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey book. The book is long, winding, and deep. The characters show themselves as mature adults, while also dealing with amusing situations and ingenious murder.

This dramatisation curtails the book badly. Start and finish are disposed of to get a core 2 hours of frantic murder mystery with little of the adult character from Lord Peter and Harriet Vane.
Ian Carmichael is the epitome of Lord Peter Wimsey, as always, but the others have so little to do they do not come across well.

If you need the full set of Lord Peter Wimsey you will want this drama. But do go to the full length audiobook first, so you experience this Sawyers masterpiece in its full glory.

PS if you are really keen, do listen to the Lord Peter books in the correct order, the characters develop throughout. Whose Body is the first and introduces Lord Peter Wimsey. Busman’s Holiday is the last and in my opinion the best.

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  • Up the Posh
  • 15-10-2017

chimneys?

bits of the ',port' scene out of order and some (minor) sections omitted, but pretty good