Gaudy Night

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Chivers, 1988 - 741 pages
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Repeat. Mystery. 1 in stock.

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Such a wonderful love story... - Goodreads
And yay for Latin puns. - Goodreads
Wonderful , clear writing evocative of a lost world - Goodreads
Sayers' prose gives me the shivers. - Goodreads
The plot is a fairly minor mystery. - Goodreads
A great mystery and engaging love story. - Goodreads

Review: Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey #12)

User Review  - Milele - Goodreads

This is my favourite Peter Wimsey book so far -- even though it doesn't include much of Lord Peter! The slow-paced plot follows Miss Harriet Vane for most of the book, as she returns to her Oxford ... Read full review

Review: Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey #12)

User Review  - CL Francisco - Goodreads

Of all the mysteries I have read, Dorothy Sayers' are by far the most delightful. I've learned over the years that I look for four things when I read mysteries: quality of writing/character ... Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Dorothy Sayers's impressive reputation as a contemporary master of the classic detective story is eclipsed only by Agatha Christie's. Sayers was born in Oxford and attended Somerville College, where she received a B.A. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1920. During that period, Sayers worked as an instructor of modern languages at Hull High School for Girls in Yorkshire and as a reader for a publisher in Oxford. Her early literary work was in poetry; she published several volumes and served as an editor for the journal Oxford Poetry from 1917 to 1919. Sayers also worked as a copywriter for a major advertising firm in London. She was president of the Modern Language Association from 1939 to 1945 and of the Detection Club in the 1950s. Around 1920 Sayers developed the idea for her detective hero Lord Peter Wimsey, and she soon published her first mystery, Whose Body? (1923), in which Lord Peter is introduced. For the next dozen or so years, Sayers wrote prolifically about Wimsey, creating in the process what many critics of the genre consider to be the finest detective novels in the English language. Perhaps her most famous Wimsey mystery was The Nine Tailors (1934). Although Sayers essentially followed the classic form in her detective fiction---a formula in which the plot assumes a greater importance than do the characters---Sayers maintained that a detective hero's greatness depended on how effectively the character was portrayed. All but one of Sayers's mysteries feature Lord Peter Wimsey. By the late 1930s, Sayers had apparently tired of writing detective fiction. She stated in 1947 that she would write no more mysteries, that she wrote detective fiction only when she was young and in need of money. Thus saying, Sayers turned her attention to her early loves, medieval and religious literature, spending her remaining years lecturing on and translating Dante (see Vol. 2).

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