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Strong Poison [Mass Market Paperback]

Dorothy L. Sayers
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5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Harriet Vane series Oct. 2 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS.

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 to the story, but now I appreciate Dorothy L. Sayers more than Agatha Christie. But Dorothy not only fleshes her characters out better but her side trips into philosophy and psychology make the story that much more interesting. And just when you say what is the relevance to this conversation it is wrapped up in the final solution.

We are in luck as they still make the unabridged tape of "Strong Poison" The reader Is Ian Carmichael the first TV Lord Peter Wimsey. It makes a good compliment to the book.

This is the first of a fourth book series. The story is complete and can be used as a stand-alone story. The notorious Harriet Vane is on trial for poisoning her previous live in lover. Naturally Lord Peter Wimsey falling in love with her, is determined that she is innocent and will prove this. To save her repartition he must fined the real culprit (if there is one), because if Harriet gets off on a technicality, she will always be under suspicion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Sayers administers the dose. Nov. 17 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
Few would argue with the contention that no better writer has ever tried her hand at writing detective fiction than Dorothy L Sayers. I happen to like good writing, and I don't mind if it features more strongly than the puzzle component in a mystery novel.
"Strong Poison" abounds in wit, charm, characterization, and literary excellence. This is the one that begins with two whole chapters of a judge's summing up. On trial is Harriet Vane, accused of killing her lover by administering arsenic. All believe she is guilty except one jury member, Miss Murchison, who prevents the jury from bringing in a "guilty" verdict, and someone attending the trial, Lord Peter Wimsey, who determines to prove Harriet's innocence and make her his wife.
Dorothy L Sayers then makes little pretence at hiding the identity of the killer. Instead she unfolds a fascinating investigation into how the crime was committed and how Lord Peter and one or two helpers collected the evidence to convict.
Neither as long nor as long-winded as some of Miss Sayers' later detective fiction, this one offers rich and pure pleasure all the way. The additional luxury of hearing it read by Ian Carmichael in audio book form is well worth investigating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Carmichael IS Lord Peter Wimsey Aug. 9 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
I should admit my prejudice up front: to me the English actor Ian Carmichael IS Lord Peter Wimsey. I was introduced to Dorothy L. Sayers by "Masterpiece Theatre," which ran at least five dramatizations of her Wimsey novels beginning in the 1970s. While I certainly acknowledge the artistry--both as actor and audiobook reader-- of Edward Petherbridge, who appeared later in the three Harriet Vane-Wimsey stories broadcast by PBS on "Mystery!," I still tend to visualize Lord Peter as Mr. Carmichael when re-reading the books or when listening to audio cassettes. There are other British actors who excel at audiobooks--Martin Jarvis comes to mind--but I like listening to Ian Carmichael whether he is reading Sayers or P.G. Wodehouse. I might even be tempted to listen to him read Miss Sayers' translation of Dante's "Inferno." Well, no, that would be going too far. "Strong Poison" is the first of the Harriet Vane stories. Murder is done in a diabolically clever manner. The aristocratic detective comes to the defense of the accused and falls in love with her, a romance that is continued through three additional novels, four if you count the recently-published fragment "Thrones, Dominations." There is a neat blend of familiar characters from previous books and a number of new and interesting supporting players. Be prepared to go on to "Have His Carcase" and "Gaudy Night" and "Busman's Honeymoon." Did I mention that Ian Carmichael is really good at this sort of thing?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet Vane's Debut Enchants July 14 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books are diverting detective fiction, set in a 20s and 30s England in which an aristocrat who is much less silly than he sometimes pretends to be goes about solving well-thought-out literary puzzle mysteries. As the saying goes, if Lord Peter did not exist, we would have to invent him.
Strong Poison marks the introduction of Ms. Sayers' love interest for Lord Peter, Harriet Vane. Ms. Vane, a curious mix of 19th Century ideas and 20s era feminism, is a mystery writer (and, in this volume, accused murderess) in her own right.
Apparently, some of those folks they call "purists" took a dislike to Ms. Vane, much preferring Lord Peter to be assisted only by his Jeeves-like gentleman's gentleman, Bunter. In fact, Sayers' Harriet Vane is a thorough delight.
This book is the first of a set of subplots in a love story notable for the fact that its heroine is frequently described as "not pretty", the affair is one of the head as well as heart, and the enchanting quirkiness of the couple makes the chase a bit winding but the result inevitable.
Is the plot a bit of whimsy? Absolutely. But, after all, it is Lord Peter Wimsey, and that makes it all come out right.
If you've not read this, I strongly recommend. If you have read this, take a good afternoon, and return to the Wimsey/Vane world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Harriet Vane series
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Harriet Vane series
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Harriet Vane series
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Harriet Vane series
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2010 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars ... except the girl's innocent
A lot of women want to poison their ex-boyfriends. Only a few actually do it.

But the suspicion is enough to land a woman in the dock in "Strong Poison," the first of a... Read more
Published on June 5 2009 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Well doneFirst in the Harriet Vane series
Personally I have always been an Agatha the Christie fan. My first encounter with Dorothy L. Sayers was the Mobile Mystery Theater series showing on PBS. Read more
Published on July 4 2007 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars More minor errors (spoiler alert)
The arsenic-eating peasants live in Styria, not Syria, and investigating spiritualists go in for psychical, not physical, research.
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Lucy Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a wonderful series of romance/mysteries
Harriet Vane, an author of mysteries, is on trial for the murder of her former lover. Amateur detective and wealthy nobleman, Lord Peter Whimsey attends the trial and becomes... Read more
Published on July 28 2001 by Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read!
I really like Sayers's writing style. She lacks the intensity and tension found in some mystery writers, but she makes up for it with her classic style. Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by Amazon Customer
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