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Strong Poison (1930)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
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I'd read this before as a teenager and this was much more as I remembered the series from then. Some sections reflect that it was written in the 1920s but actually much more modern than you might expect. And it was often quite amusing too. Much better than "Whose Body?" ( )
I think this is my third read of Strong Poison, and it holds up well! The introduction to Harriet Vane leaves her a bit shadowed and weary, with all the strength of her personality remaining to be built up in the ensuing books. And Peter's humanizing (my favorite progression in all of literature) is just beginning.
I don't remember if I cottoned on to the solution, the first time I read it, of how the poison was administered to Philip Boyes. But I do know that even without a clear memory of the solution on this re-read, part of it stood out a mile away. Not that I mind! Some of the fun of reading detective fiction is occasionally being a step ahead of the sleuth.
Fabulous mystery. I love Wimsey and Harriet's characters.
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On the Case with Lord Peter Wimsey: Three Complete Novels/Strong Poison/Have His Carcase/Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Four Classic Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries: Strong Poison/Have His Carcase/Gaudy Night/Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
Three Great Lord Peter Novels: "Strong Poison", "Murder Must Advertise" and "Nine Tailors" by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Dorothy L. Sayers Crime Collection: Murder Must Advertise, the Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Have His Carcass & Strong Poison; 5 Vol. Set. by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Dorothy L. Sayers Omnibus: The Five Red herrings, Strong Poison, Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness / Murder Must Advertise / Strong Poison / Unnatural Death / Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
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Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries: Harriet Vane Collection (Strong Poison / Have His Carcase / Gaudy Night) by Christopher Hodson
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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?
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.912Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1901-1945
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