Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane (Paperback)
I would recommend starting with Whose Body? or Strong Poison (which introduces the Beatrice to Peter’s Benedick).
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.
“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)