A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane
By Dorothy L. Sayers
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062196538, 544pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
Categories: Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
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When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the Gaudy, the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies, and poison-pen letters, including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup." Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection, and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.
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.
“Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself.”
-Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Very skillfull writing. Miss Sayers has done a real tour de force, and done it with ease and grace.”
“A royal performance.”