When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the Gaudy, the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies, and poison-pen letters including one that says, Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup.
Some of the notes threaten murder and one of them involves a long Latin quotation, which makes Harriet suspect that the perpetrator is probably a member of the Senior Common Room. But which of the apparently rational, respectable dons could be committing such crazed acts? When a desperate undergraduate, at her wits end after receiving a series of particularly savage letters, attempts to drown herself, Harriet decides that it is time to ask Lord Peter Wimsey for help. And when the mystery is finally solved, she is faced with an agonizing decision: Should she, after five years of rejecting his proposals, finally agree to marry Lord Peter?
About the Author
Dorothy L. Sayers was an English writer, translator, and Christian humanist. Best known for the extremely popular Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, Sayers also penned a number of plays, including The Man Born to Be King, essays, and translations, of which she considered Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best. Sayers died in 1950, and is buried in St. Anne's Church in London.
Ian Carmichael (1920 2010) appeared in a vast number of television productions, including "The Importance of Being Earnest" and the outstandingly successful "The World of Wooster" series for BBC TV. He portrayed Lord Peter Wimsey in several series for television and starred in two seasons of "Strathblair". His film appearances included "Lucky Jim", "The Lady Vanishes", and "Heaven s Above".