Can Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder--or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows?
Impossible, it seems. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the right person is on trial. The judge's summing up is also clear. Harriet Vane is guilty of killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang.
But the jury disagrees.
©1930 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)
"D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers." (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)
"I admire her novels...she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail." (Ruth Rendell)
Given that most of the characters, including the lead, are male, I wonder if a male narrator would've been better (or just a different female narrator with a better technique). I found it a strain listening to the narrator trying to do a variety of male voices and the artificial voice deepening was tiring to listen to at long stretches. The magistrate's monologue at the start was painful to listen to. She also pronounces some words strangely, with lazy long vowels. I get that most of the characters are British aristocracy but the accent was annoying.
I can't remember why I purchased this book...perhaps buy one get one free, but I started listening to it the other day.
Now whilst I understand, this book is set in a time when language was completely different to that that is used today, this book, given there is a lot of non essential chatter in, has begun to grate. So much so that I cannot waste any more time listening to it.
I'm now into chapter 12 of 24 and have decided to return it for a refund.
It was sooooooooo incredibly slow! 12 chapters in and I'm not engaged with any of the characters at all which is a shame.
I think she gave it a good shot, but this book would defy even Sean Barrett to bringing it to life!
Not really. I shan't be buying another book by this author.
All I can say is thank goodness for Audible's great listening guarantee!
Good story, slightly spoilt at times by strange pronunciation of words and very odd phrasing of sentences.
"Did she do it?"
Introducing Harriet Vane, this is a classic mystery. Romance, espionage, spiritualism & spinsters all play a part in one of the most challenging cases of Lord Peter's career.
Love all the Lord Peter stories, very well read the performance was top hole. The question is audible when do we get Gaudy Night and Have His Carcase?
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