Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night

A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

eBook - 2012
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Back at Oxford for her reunion, Harriet Vane, Lord Peter's beloved, finds herself in mortal danger. Since she graduated from Oxford's Shrewsbury College, Harriet Vane has found fame by writing novels about ingenious murders. She also won infamy when she was accused of committing a murder herself. It took a timely intervention from the debonair Lord Peter Wimsey to save her from the gallows, and since then she has devoted her spare time to resisting his attempts to marry her. Putting aside her lingering shame from the trial, Harriet returns to Oxford for her college reunion with her head held high, only to find that her life is in danger once again. The first poison-pen letter calls her a 'dirty murderess,' and those that follow are no kinder. As the threats become more frightening, she calls on Lord Peter for help. Among the dons of Oxford lurks a killer, but it will take more than a superior education to match Lord Peter and the daring Harriet. Gaudy Night is the 12th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
ISBN: 9781453258958
1453258957
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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AnnD_KCMO Aug 14, 2017

A reunion at an Oxford women’s college sets the stage for what many consider one of Dorthy L. Sayers best mysteries.


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barkisaz
Apr 22, 2018

Wonderfully written. What a pleasure it is when a good writer takes the time with her craft and uses her scholarship to great effect.
I do wish for footnotes to translate the Greek.
I re-read her novels and always enjoy them all over again.

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Morwen
Nov 28, 2017

Splendid. My favorite DS book. Completely brought Shrewsbury College to life for me, even before I visited Somerville. Characters I just want to keep knowing.

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Candaceb108
Mar 24, 2017

Great read, enjoy the poetry and prose quotes. It's a lost world, unfortunately. When bogged down, just read any article in the NY Times or Washington Post and after feel dizzy from the dangling participles and misplaced dependent clauses, then rejoice when you return to it.

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miaone
Jul 15, 2014

If you've enjoyed Sayers' Strong Poison and Have His Carcase, the two previous novels about Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey, you'll probably love this one. If not, you probably won't. I've read it and re-read it and loved it each time. But of course I've been in love with Lord Peter Wimsey from the first novel I read with him as protagonist. His finding his true love after all the years, well, it's just too beautiful. The Oxford University verbosity is, of course, nurturing bread and wine for readers of Sayers' novels.

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calvoer
Jul 14, 2014

Yes, it's a classic, but still readable? I broke under the weight of all that Oxford U verbosity and gave up halfway through. Much more enjoyable as a BBC minseries.

EuSei Oct 22, 2012

Book # 10

Icicle Aug 25, 2009

Dorothy Sayers was a brilliant woman - probably too brilliant to write fiction. Peter Wimsy is an amazing character - i only wish there were dozens more.

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