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Author: Dorothy L. Sayers Narrator: Ian Carmichael Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mysteries Release Date: February 2019 ISBN: 9781982675202
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I admire her novels…she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail.”

    Ruth Rendell, praise for the author

  • “She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.”

    P.D. James, praise for the author

  • “Her books are English Literature at its best. Her plots are finely tuned and her Lord Peter Wimsey is delightful.” 

    Times (London)

  • “Narrator Carmichael is an excellent choice to read this mystery…he  brings a sly sensibility to his portrayal of the dons of the college and assorted alums.”

    Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Copperhead | 5/16/2020

    " I was thrilled to find a streaming version of this marvelous Dorothy Sayers narrated my Ian Carmichael. I had only been able to get a CD before. And the CDs available are rare and have damaged areas. So this is a Godsend. Only slight problem is that the volume wavers at times which makes me think it is about to fade out to nothing, but then it comes back to normal. SO GLAD you made this available. "

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers (1923–1957) was an English-born author of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, reviews, and translations. She is best known for her detective fiction, considered among the classics of the genre, and for her amateur detective character, Lord Peter Wimsey.

About the Narrator

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.