Review: Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers

In Gaudy Night, the penultimate Peter Wimsey novel, Sayers returns her attention to Lord Peter's beloved Harriet Vane—almost to the exclusion of Peter himself. As with Have His Carcase, I first read this under the influence of SRDS (Sleuthly Romance Derangement Syndrome); which is to say, I first read it in order to find out what happens to Lord Peter and Harriet, rather than to enjoy the mystery. On that first reading I found it long, confusing, and full of all manner of extraneous hoohaw … [Read more...]

Have His Carcase, by Dorothy Sayers

The next of Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey mysteries is Have His Carcase; it is also the second which involves mystery novelist Harriet Vane, the first being Strong Poison. This is one of the first few Wimsey novels I read, very shortly after Strong Poison, and while there were bits I liked I'm afraid I found it long, tedious, and confusing. Consequently, I was surprised and pleased to find the book completely entertaining on this go round. Harriet Vane is out on a walking tour of the … [Read more...]