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Strong Poison (1930)

de Dorothy L. Sayers

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Sèrie: Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane (1), Lord Peter Wimsey (6)

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Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fianc has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novelsso naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage? Strong Poison is the first of a series of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mysteries in which their complex romantic relationship is revealed in detail. This superb classic was originally published in 1930.

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A page turning murder mystery where Lord Peter Wimsey first meets Harriet Vane, accused of murder, falls immediately in love, and decides he will solve the mystery and save her. Read on a plane at breakneck pace. ( )
  atreic | Apr 15, 2024 |
This wasn't my favorite Dorothy Sayers, but it was still an enjoyable read. ( )
  pianistpalm91 | Apr 7, 2024 |
"If anybody ever marries you, it will be for the pleasure of hearing you talk piffle." ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
Good, fairly traditional, crime novel. A little jollier than I had expected. Looking forward to reading more. ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
Kind of... weird? It's written as well as you would expect from Sayers and I enjoy her characters but 1) the introduced "romance", such as it is, is kind of weird and creepy 2) the mystery isn't very exciting.

This is related to 1) and it's "spoiled" on the back cover but just in case The very first time Wimsey sees Vane, while she's imprisoned on a murder charge, he says "I want to marry you". Uhhhhhhhhhh. I think the only reason I was OK with it is because Vane is similar to Sayers - mystery writer etc - so it was like "oh if she's ok with the creepiness then fair enough". But it's a really bizarre plot, with no reason for his attraction to her or why this is a reasonable way of doing things. Given that it was the major character plot, so to speak, it bothered me

With 2, massive massive ending spoilers There are only 3 possibilities ever brought up, with no other suspects or even red herrings: Vane killed him, he committed suicide, Urquhart killed him. We know from the start the first isn't possible because it opens with the crown trying to prove it was true and Wimsey knows they're wrong (just because HE KNOWS no other reason), the second is constantly undermined with 0 evidence for it and eventually firmly disproved about halfway through, leaving the third as the only possibility. So the suspense is entirely in why and how he did it. "He did it for the inheritance" is the oldest motive in the book and becomes pretty obvious from early on but you only find out for sure late on. I didn't guess the how but I feel you could pretty definitely work it out and realise it if you have more experience with mystery/crime stuff if only as an "elimination of the impossible and whatever remains" thing. There are also a few things not explained in the end, like whether Urquhart intended to frame Vane - it feels it must have been deliberate but it's not mentioned. He'd been planning it for *years* though so it seems strange he'd have worked out who to frame for it - but the coincidental timings of attacks seem impossible otherwise. And it's not as if the earlier poisonings were at all necessary and in fact just created more suspicion. So it's weird. Not that elegant.

Other people have complained about Wimsey not always being the focus, but I like Climpson a lot - Sayers has a pretty funny and recognisable speech pattern down with the italics being surprisingly effective. Her attempts at spiritualism are funny and some of the most enjoyable parts of the book ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Sayers, Dorothy L.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bayer, OttoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bleck, CathieAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Brand, ChristiannaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carmichael, IanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
George, ElizabethIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Griffini, Grazia MariaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lehtonen, PaavoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martens, Hilda MariaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Michal,MarieAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fianc has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novelsso naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage? Strong Poison is the first of a series of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mysteries in which their complex romantic relationship is revealed in detail. This superb classic was originally published in 1930.

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