The classic mystery that first featured Harriet Vane, companion sleuth to the dashing, perennially popular private investigator Lord Peter Wimsey, from the writer widely considered the greatest mystery novelist of the Golden AgeDorothy L. Sayers.
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 prove her innocentas determined as he was to make her his wife.
With an introduction by Elizabeth George
About the Author
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a British playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. While working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began writing "Whose Body"? (1923), the first Wimsey mystery, followed by ten sequels and several short stories. Sayers set the Wimsey novels between the two World Wars, giving them a realistic tone by incorporating details from contemporary issues such as advertising, women's education, and veterans' health. Sayers also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy". Although she considered this translation to be her best work, it is for her elegantly constructed detective fiction that Sayers remains best remembered.
“A model detective story. . . . fascinating.”
-New York Times
“Here is unquestionably a shining star in the mystery story firmament and the best of all the Lord peter Wimsey stories—until the next comes along.”
-Saturday Review of Literature
“The end of this story is as ingenious as any solution could be.”
-Times Literary Supplement (London)