Strong Poison

Strong Poison

A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

eBook - 2012
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She is lovely, smart, and talented—and only Lord Peter can save her from the gallows Lord Peter Wimsey comes to the trial of Harriet Vane for a glimpse at one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in years. Unfortunately for the detective, the crime’s details are distractingly salacious, and there is little doubt that the woman will be found guilty. A slightly popular mystery novelist, she stands accused of poisoning her fiancé, a literary author and well-known advocate of free love. Over the course of a few weeks, she bought strychnine, prussic acid, and arsenic, and when her lover died the police found enough poison in his veins to kill a horse. But as Lord Peter watches Harriet in the dock, he begins to doubt her guilt—and to fall in love. As Harriet awaits the hangman, Lord Peter races to prove her innocence, hoping that for the first time in his life, love will triumph over death. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Publisher: New York, NY : Open Road Integrated Media, 2012.
ISBN: 9781453258897
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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JCLJoshN Apr 20, 2020

I watched a BBC mini-series adaptation of this when I was a teen and really liked. I finally got around to reading the novel and it's even better. Sharp, witty, and suspenseful, and it's been long enough since I watched the adaptation that I forgot whodunnit and the reveal was nicely set up. If you like Agatha Christie but haven't read Dorothy L. Sayers, get on it. (The only negative point for me was a lot of pop culture references--the pop culture being 1930s Britain, which I'm far from being an expert on. But that wasn't enough to ruin the book for me.)

Feb 13, 2019

Redeemed Reader - Romance, series

Dec 13, 2017

I was kept guessing until the end of the book. I enjoyed it.

Mar 15, 2017

A pleasant three day read...a little complicated but a whimsical yarn. Recommended!

May 09, 2014

Sayers's last 4 books, beginning with this one, are her best, I think. I've re-read all of them several times, which I have not done with the previous books. Never mawkish or saccharine, these 4 books, in addition to being excellent mysteries, are love stories; the great Peter Wimsey has at last fallen deeply and permanently in love. Harriet Vane is someone I wish I could know. She's a wonderful heroine, strong, fallible, and believable.
Truly I wish I could know the whole bunch of them: Lord Peter, Bunter, Harriet, and Peter's strange and appealing family.

mrsgail5756 Jun 21, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

EuSei Oct 22, 2012

Book # 5

Aug 02, 2012

The first meeting of Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey takes place in a courtroom where Harriet is on trial for killing her lover. Peter is head over heels as he watches her day after day but when he confesses his love, Harriet dismisses him. So he must defend the lady he loves and he starts an investigation to save her from the hangman's noose and clear her of all suspicion. If you know Peter, this is an ordinary task that he will undertake with great aplomb.

Apr 04, 2010

Dorothy Sayers' books are always great! A lot of description, but most of it is necessary to the story.


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