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Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

Strong Poison (original 1930; edition 1958)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (1930)

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I probably should've read these in order, but my book club picked out a couple to read, so this was one of them.

'Strong Poison' is a solid, old-fashioned mystery. I thought it was a little bit predictable, but Sayers being influential on the development of the mystery genre probably has a lot to do with that.

Harriet Vane, mystery writer, is accused of the murder of her ex-lover. The evidence against her seems pretty damning - but Lord Peter Wimsey, dilettante investigator, is convinced of her innocence, and will commit his not-insignificant resources to clear her name. But is he blinded by his romantic infatuation with the accused?

The sequences with Miss Climpson and the faux-seances were the highlight of the book, for me.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Nicely written Golden Age mystery where Harriet Vane is first introduced into Peter Wimsey's world. It seems quite obvious that she's guilty of having murdered her former lover, but Lord Peter is not convinced and tries to work out what actually did happen. The mystery is peeled back bit by bit with strong input from some interesting minor characters. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
This of course is the Wimsey novel in which he meets his future wife Harriet Vane by seeing her on trial for the murder of her former lover. There is some quite good dialog between them, but the story is not my favorite since the victim was poisoned by arsenic and Sayers (like Vane, and unlike some mystery writers of the period) knew enough about arsenic poisoning to make clear it is very unpleasant (though not as nasty as the poison in The Documents in the Case). ( )
  antiquary | Jan 1, 2016 |
Definitely the best of this series so far. Harriet Vane is on trial for the murder(by poisoning) of her ex-boyfriend. Peter Wimsey falls in love with her, wants to marry her and sets out to prove her innocence. Very well plotted, with a plausible motive and method and a satisfactory villain. Miss Climpson again excellent, stooping to faking spiritualist abilities, but unable to reconcile it with her conscience to hold a seance on a Sunday. Miss Murchison and the whole Cattery organisation are inspired. Finally, the dialogue between Peter and Harriet was excellent for its frankness, humour, equality and the respect with which he treats her conscience, past decisions and her right to determine her future. ( )
  pgchuis | Jul 3, 2015 |
Back to the beginning of the Wimsey-Vane series, and I enjoyed this one as much as Busman's Honeymoon. Good mystery, witty characters ... a real delight. ( )
  JBD1 | Apr 20, 2015 |
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Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061043508, Mass Market Paperback)

Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancÉ died in the manner prescribed in one of her books, a jury of her peers had a hangman's noose in mind. But Lord Peter Wimsey was determined to find her innocent--as determined as he was to make her his wife.

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Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels -- so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?… (more)

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