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Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane Paperback – October 16, 2012
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“Very skillfull writing. Miss Sayers has done a real tour de force, and done it with ease and grace.” (Saturday Review)
“A royal performance.” (The Spectator)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Harriet returns to Shrewsbury College to take part in the annual Gaudy night, something a bit like our own college reunions, not quite sure what to expect. While renewing her friendship with both her old classmates and instructors, she brushes against the start of a mystery when she finds some very unpleasant notes expressed a vitriolic hatred for the denizens of the college. Brushing it aside as an isolated occurrence, she returns to the festivities without realizing that she has seen is only the tip of the iceberg.
Several months later, Harriet finds herself called back to Shrewsbury by the Dean. The few isolated occurrences had become an onslaught and the school desperately needed help in resolving the problem without any adverse publicity. Miss Vane, a successful mystery writer, a survivor of a murder charge, and a friend of the esteemed Lord Peter Wimsey, seemed the ideal person to come to the aid of the Senior Common Room. The idea of a woman's college was still newfangled to Oxford and a scandal could become a major setback. What Harriet found was a steadily escalating attack on the sanity and safety of the college on apparent waged by a devious and hate filled mind.Read more ›
Miss Harriet Vane is an even better character than his lordship. She's believable, independent, a writer, tender inside, witty, polite and has intelligence to match Lord Peter's. The moments of affection - I hesitate to call them 'love scenes' - were breathtaking, without either party removing any clothes. Some writers today could learn from that.
The suspense is high, the love is brewing and the plot is seamless and unlabored, as if it really did happen. I recommend this to EVERYONE. I may only be a kid, but I know perfection when I see it.
On another note: I don't like the DVDs of the Dorothy Sayers books. They are perfect in all their literary glory; why try to improve perfection? Another thing, Lord Peter Wimsey is his best on paper, not impersonated by some silly person trying to act like an English lord, who will never come close to Sayers's Peter's immortal charm, intellect and tenderness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You end up living this story, becoming immersed in the Oxford university life and society as it existed in the period between the wars. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Paul Bennett
This is my favorite Lord Peter book. I have read it many times but it always seems fresh and new.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
What passed for romance, sexual contact and violence in the '30s hardly registers today. The story is one of Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Captain Nemo
Good story, but a lot of characters to work through. In a very academic atmosphere, there are many quotation from the classics most of them in Latin. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Forbat
I've just started reading these books. Enjoy the stories without swearing and violence. The characters are good.Published 1 month ago by Patty