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ISBN13: 9780061043499
ISBN10: 0061043494
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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.

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"A royal performance." The Spectator

Review:

"Very skillful writing. Miss Sayers has done a real tour de force, and done it with eases and grace." Saturday Review

Synopsis:

Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayerss novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself.”
—Times Literary Supplement

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fictions most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayerss work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The third Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. Gaudy Night takes Harriet and her paramour, Lord Peter, to Oxford University, Harriets alma mater, for a reunion, only to find themselves the targets of a nightmare of harassment and mysterious, murderous threats.

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For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College,  there are two great evils to be feared: unladylike behaviour among her students, and bad publicity for the college. So her prim and cosy world is turned upside down when a secret society of undergraduates meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoon, only to find the drowned body of the college bursar floating in her canoe.

The police assume that a student prank got out of hand, but the resourceful Persephone girls suspect foul play, and take the investigation into their own hands. Soon they uncover the tangled secrets that led to the bursars death – and the clues that point to a fellow student.

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, essays, reviews and translations. Although she was a noted Christian scholar, she is most known for her detective fiction. Born in 1893, she was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford University. Her first book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body?, was published in 1923 and over the next 20 years more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared. Dorothy L. Sayers is recognized as one of the greatest mystery writers of the 20th century.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. The Bursar Comes Down the River

II. Miss Cordell Faces Publicity

III. The Lie of the Land

IV. The Blood Feud

V. Trespass by Night

VI. Lunch at the Mitre

VII. Author of “Dust”

VIII. “Nippy”

IX. The Man Who Saw Burse

X. The Mystery of the Ferry House

XI. Scotland Yard Confers with The League

XII. Jim Lidgett

XIII. Braydon Visits Sims

XIV. Pamela, Niece of Burse

XV. Unconsidered Trifles

XVI. Gwyneth Calls on Aunt Sophia

XVII. Pamela at the Back End

XVIII. Scotland Yard Goes up the River

XIX. A Man Gets Free

XX. Denis Mort Gives a Verdict

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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Oh gosh, what a perfect, perfect book! This is one of those books that I finish and sort of clasp to my chest in delight. I'd always heard that this was possibly Sayers' best novel, but I forced myself to read the Lord Peter mysteries that chronologically come before it. I'm kind of glad I did, since I'm not sure if I'd have had the same sense of emotional fulfillment if I hadn't already come to know and love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. It's a marvelously psychological mystery -- there's no body, just a series of vicious Poison Pen letters and malicious pranks that threaten to undermine the foundations of a women's college at Oxford. Harriet, an alumna, is called in to assist with the investigation, and in the process really begins to get a firm sense of herself and to truly recover from the events in Strong Poison. Lord Peter eventually arrives to assist, which of course makes things even more interesting..
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061043499
Author:
Sayers, Dorothy L.
Publisher:
British Library
Author:
Hay , Mavis Doriel
Author:
Sayers, Dorothy L.
Author:
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Women detectives
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Wimsey, peter, lord (fictitious character)
Subject:
Oxford (England) Fiction.
Subject:
Wimsey, Peter, Lord
Subject:
Oxford
Subject:
Vane, Harriet
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators - England
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
British Library - British Library Crime Classics
Publication Date:
20140615
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.25 x 1 in

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Product details 288 pages HarperTorch - English 9780061043499 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A royal performance."
"Review" by , "Very skillful writing. Miss Sayers has done a real tour de force, and done it with eases and grace."
"Synopsis" by , Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayerss novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself.”
—Times Literary Supplement

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fictions most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayerss work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The third Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. Gaudy Night takes Harriet and her paramour, Lord Peter, to Oxford University, Harriets alma mater, for a reunion, only to find themselves the targets of a nightmare of harassment and mysterious, murderous threats.

"Synopsis" by ,
For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College,  there are two great evils to be feared: unladylike behaviour among her students, and bad publicity for the college. So her prim and cosy world is turned upside down when a secret society of undergraduates meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoon, only to find the drowned body of the college bursar floating in her canoe.

The police assume that a student prank got out of hand, but the resourceful Persephone girls suspect foul play, and take the investigation into their own hands. Soon they uncover the tangled secrets that led to the bursars death – and the clues that point to a fellow student.

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