Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night

A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery With Harriet Vane

Book - 2012
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Harriet Vane's Oxford reunion is shadowed by a rash of bizarre pranks and malicious mischief that include beautifully worded death threats, burnt effigies and vicious poison-pen letters, and Harriet finds herself and Lord Peter Wimsey challenged by an elusive set of clues.
Publisher: New York : Bourbon Street Books, 2012
Edition: First Bourbon Street books edition
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9780062196538
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SAYERS 2012
Characteristics: xii, 528 pages ; 21 cm


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“Let’s have one other gaudy night: call to me All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more; Let’s mock the midnight bell.” - Anthony and Cleopatra

“Let’s have one other gaudy night: call to me All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more; Let’s mock the midnight bell.” - Anthony and Cleopatra

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Jul 04, 2020

This is the first book I have read by this author and I read it for the Well Read Mom Book Club. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel on many levels. It is written beautifully, the characters real and flawed and my favorite genre of reading is detective or mystery fiction.

I am charmed by Lord Peter and can relate to many of Miss Vane's concerns. Since I am not English and do not know the Oxford system, I had a hard time following part of the story. All of this putting on black gowns, etc was confusing.

I plan to go back and read this series. If I ever write a book it will be detective fiction and the author is an outstanding example.

Jul 03, 2020

# 12

Apr 22, 2018

Wonderfully written. What a pleasure it is when a good writer takes the time with her craft and uses her scholarship to great effect.
I do wish for footnotes to translate the Greek.
I re-read her novels and always enjoy them all over again.

Nov 28, 2017

Splendid. My favorite DS book. Completely brought Shrewsbury College to life for me, even before I visited Somerville. Characters I just want to keep knowing.

Mar 24, 2017

Great read, enjoy the poetry and prose quotes. It's a lost world, unfortunately. When bogged down, just read any article in the NY Times or Washington Post and after feel dizzy from the dangling participles and misplaced dependent clauses, then rejoice when you return to it.

Jul 15, 2014

If you've enjoyed Sayers' Strong Poison and Have His Carcase, the two previous novels about Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey, you'll probably love this one. If not, you probably won't. I've read it and re-read it and loved it each time. But of course I've been in love with Lord Peter Wimsey from the first novel I read with him as protagonist. His finding his true love after all the years, well, it's just too beautiful. The Oxford University verbosity is, of course, nurturing bread and wine for readers of Sayers' novels.

Jul 14, 2014

Yes, it's a classic, but still readable? I broke under the weight of all that Oxford U verbosity and gave up halfway through. Much more enjoyable as a BBC minseries.

EuSei Oct 22, 2012

Book # 10

Icicle Aug 25, 2009

Dorothy Sayers was a brilliant woman - probably too brilliant to write fiction. Peter Wimsy is an amazing character - i only wish there were dozens more.


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