Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
(Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)

79%

7 Critic Reviews

We hereby promote Dorothy Sayers from the straight mystery classification, and put her into the category of novel-cum-detection-cum-psychology. First rate yarn on the erudite and discursive side, a good picture of academic life in England...
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Synopsis

Back at Oxford for her reunion, Harriet Vane, Lord Peter’s beloved, finds herself in mortal danger
[Description]
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.
 

About Dorothy L. Sayers

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 1957) was a renowned English writer best known for her crime stories, featuring detective and aristocrat Lord Peter Wimsey.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 515 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Oct 04 2011

We hereby promote Dorothy Sayers from the straight mystery classification, and put her into the category of novel-cum-detection-cum-psychology. First rate yarn on the erudite and discursive side, a good picture of academic life in England...

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Suite 101

Good
on Aug 27 2007

It’s a testament to the breadth which Sayers brings to the crime novel that Gaudy Night is so engrossing and emotionally involving, yet doesn’t require a single murder to ratchet up the tension.

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City Book Review

Good
on Dec 07 2012

In this delightful...Dorothy Sayers offers sparkling gems on the condition of women. Furthermore, she gives us the memorable character of Harriet Vane, who, like Sayers herself, embodies a certain western European woman of that period.

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BookIdeas.com

Above average

With few clues the pair will be challenged to find who is responsible for the threat...If you have never read any of the novels in this series this is as good a place as any to begin. You won't regret it!

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B***h Media

Good
on Nov 19 2010

Our book club was pretty impressed with this story. We were excited to find a crime novel written in 1935 whose main detective, victims, and suspects were all women. Sayers used this novel to earnestly explore the role of women in British society.

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Gather Books

Good
on Jan 03 2011

As usual, Sayers' characters are so well-drawn that I feel I know them in real life. This book really brings Harriet into her own as a character.

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Gather Books

Good
on Sep 18 2009

Every so often the characters branch out into philosophical discussion... the mystery is underlying it all, but there is SO much more. This is not a modern day thriller... not a "page turner". It's slow and develops in its own time.

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