Words I Wish I’d Written: The Great Nutrax Row

IT WAS ON THE Friday of the week in which all these stirring incidents occurred that Pym’s Publicity, Ltd. became convulsed by the Great Nutrax Row, which shook the whole office from the highest to the lowest, turned the peaceful premises into an armed camp and very nearly ruined the Staff Cricket Match against Brotherhood’s, Ltd.— Dorothy L. Sayers, Murder Must AdvertiseHorrors! Not the Staff Cricket Match! Something about this passage just makes me happy. … [Read more...]

Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy Sayers

Unlike the last couple of Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels, about which I had mixed feelings, I returned to Murder Must Advertise with no qualms and great anticipation of pleasure—and I was not disappointed. As the tale begins, a man named Death Bredon takes a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency called Pym's Publicity. We, of course, recognize him immediately: Lord Peter's full name is Peter Death Bredon Wimsey. An employee of the firm has died, falling down a steep spiral staircase, … [Read more...]