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Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the nephew Nov. 17 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Unfortunately, I did not realize that my video player was also a recorder until the "Gaudy Night" was on Mystery Theater. In that sense, I was lucky to copy the complete three hour "Gaudy Night." I now own the DVD that came out in 2002.

Naturally, the TV media cannot fill in all the details that you would pick up from reading the book, so I read the book. This added more depth and characters to the story. Dorothy not only fleshes her characters out but her side trips into philosophy and psychology make the story that much more interesting. Just when you ask what is the relevance to this conversation it is wrapped up in the final solution.

It is too bad they do not make the unabridged recording of this book anymore, as the reader is Ian Carmichael the first TV Lord Peter Wimsey.
This is the third of a fourth book series. Enough background information is given however to make this a stand-alone story.

The notorious Harriet Vane is invited to a class reunion. She is looking forward to a quiet time with a better part of her history. Once there, she starts getting notes that carry negative connotations. The notes are pasted together from cut out newspaper words. Soon others are receiving the notes. The School authorities request Harriet to help get quietly to the bottom of this. Circumstances eventually force her once more to go to Lord Peter Wimsey for help. I am over simplifying the plot but it is better to discover it for your self. This is a five star book.

Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries (The Lord Peter Wimsey-Harriet Vane Collection - Strong Poison / Have His Carcass / Gaudy Night)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the nephew Aug. 3 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Unfortunately, I did not realize that my video player was also a recorder until the "Gaudy Night" was on Mystery Theater. In that sense, I was lucky to copy the complete three hour "Gaudy Night." I now own the DVD that came out in 2002.

Naturally, the TV media cannot fill in all the details that you would pick up from reading the book, so I read the book. This added more depth and characters to the story. Dorothy not only fleshes her characters out but her side trips into philosophy and psychology make the story that much more interesting. Just when you ask what is the relevance to this conversation it is wrapped up in the final solute.

This is the third of a fourth book series. Enough background information is given however to make this a stand-alone story.

The notorious Harriet Vane is invited to a class reunion. She is looking forward to a quiet time with a better part of her history. Once there, she starts getting notes that carry negative connotations. The notes are pasted together from cut out newspaper words. Soon others are receiving the notes. The School authorities request Harriet to help get quietly to the bottom of this. Circumstances eventually force her once more to go to Lord Peter Wimsey for help. I am over simplifying the plot but it is better to discover it for yourself. This is a five star book.

Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries (The Lord Peter Wimsey-Harriet Vane Collection - Strong Poison / Have His Carcass / Gaudy Night)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and profound April 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gaudy is probably my favorite of all Sayers' novels. The whole story is very gripping, but the deep moral, romantic, and psychological undercurrents make for a wonderfully literate mystery novel - something which one doesn't come across too often. Sayers' fits right in with all the best British crime novelists: Doyle, Chesterton, Christie, and James.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blend of mystery and romance Jan. 29 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dorothy Sayers has frequently used autobiographical experiences as a starting point for her writing - as an example, "Murder Must Advertise" was set in an advertising agency and based on Sayers' own experiences in the field. Here again, Sayers goes back to her past days as an Oxford student at Somerville College and this makes "Gaudy Night" a unique entry in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Harriet Vane, an Oxford alum, attends the Gaudy, which is a reunion of past students and is asked by her old professors to turn her talents as a detective writer to practical use. Someone is terrorizing the faculty and students of the college by sending vicious anonymous letters. The college is terrified of this leaking out to the press and giving education for women a bad name, therefore discretion is vital. Rather relectantly, Harriet accepts and comes down to Oxford to stay for a term. She discovers that the perpetrator is not now satisfied by just sending letters and is moving on to more serious offences like trying to burn the books in the college library, destroy the works of the faculty and eventually attacking certain faculty members. Harriet struggles with the realization that the perpetrator may be a professor as well as with the realization of her growing feelings for Lord Peter Wimsey. The actual unraveling of the mystery is fascinating by itself, but I was particularly intriuged by Sayers taking the opportunity to discuss issues such as society's view towards University education for women, and the need to maintain one's own identity, even in a serious relationship. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars voice off
Great story. I found that this is one of the best BBc full cast recording of the Lord Peter Wimsey's. Read more
Published on March 3 2011 by chantal corriveau
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb mystery
Gaudy Night has long been my favorite Dorothy Sayers mystery. The plot involves Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey investigating a murder at Harriet's old college at Oxford. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaudate Discipuli
'Gaudy Night,' Dorothy Sayers' penultimate novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey series, was originally intended to be the last. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by Marc Ruby™
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This is an enjoyable book. Why? There is no murder; but you expect one at any moment.
We start with the "Gaudy Night" a reunion and meeting of female graduates... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2002 by Alice L. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could move a little faster
This book is most remarkable for its ability to frame the issues faceing women in the 20th century and now in the 21st. Read more
Published on May 16 2001 by Sara Shutts
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has everything and more
This book is amazing: not only does it comment intelligently on just about every human life issue, but it does so while being a very competent murder mystery, and consistently... Read more
Published on April 30 2001 by "airi2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blend of mystery and romance
Dorothy Sayers has frequently used autobiographical experiences as a starting point for her writing - as an example, "Murder Must Advertise" was set in an advertising... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The English Classic Mystery
Whereas we Americans were sopping up noir novels and films of Chandler and Cain, the English were serving up their version of the mystery with the elegant writer Doroty L. Sayers. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2001 by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery! Romance! Oxford!
Dorothy Sayers reached a peak here, with this wonderfully engaging novel about a mystery writer who goes back for her college reunion and stays to continue her studies, only to... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2000 by Garrett Fitzgerald
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