Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane (Paperback)

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A founding member of the Detection Club and the first woman to serve as its president (1949-1957), Sayers, as a proponent of women in industry, would likely be chuffed that her 11-book series—easily read as stand-alones (except for Busman’s Honeymoon)—is still being published. Her protagonist is nothing like her. Lord Peter Wimsey is an eccentric noble who is, seemingly, as capricious as his name suggests. His hobbies? Collecting incunabula, cricket, driving fast cars, sleuthing, and financially backing a women’s employment agency (of covert investigators).

I would recommend starting with Whose Body? or Strong Poison (which introduces the Beatrice to Peter’s Benedick).

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— Sarah


The classic mystery that first featured Harriet Vane, companion sleuth to the dashing, perennially popular private investigator, Lord Peter Wimsey, from the mystery writer widely considered the greatest mystery novelist of the Golden Age--Dorothy L. Sayers.

Featuring an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master, Strong Poison introduces Harriet Vane, a mystery writer who is accused of poisoning her fiancé and must now join forces with Lord Peter to escape a murder conviction and the hangman’s noose.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“A model detective story. . . . fascinating.” — New York Times

“Here is unquestionably a shining star in the mystery story firmament and the best of all the Lord peter Wimsey stories—until the next comes along.” — Saturday Review of Literature

“The end of this story is as ingenious as any solution could be.” — Times Literary Supplement (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062196200
ISBN-10: 0062196200
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries with Harriet Vane

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