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Summary

When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the 'Gaudy', the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters - including one that says, 'Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup.' Some of the notes threaten murder, and one of them involves a long Latin quotation, which makes Harriet suspect that the perpetrator is probably a member of the Senior Common Room. But which of the apparently rational, respectable dons could be committing such crazed acts? 

When a desperate undergraduate, at her wits' end after receiving a series of particularly savage letters, attempts to drown herself, Harriet decides that it is time to ask Lord Peter Wimsey for help. And when the mystery is finally solved, she is faced with an agonising decision: should she, after five years of rejecting his proposals, finally agree to marry Lord Peter?

Also included on this release is a bonus interview with top crime novelists P. D. James and Jill Paton Walsh about Gaudy Night, conducted by Henny Fordham.

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  • 13-01-22

Abridged and Disappointing

The description does not disclose that this “audio dramatization” is an abridged performance, not of the entire book. While the performances are fine, much nuance is lost without Sayers’ unique language and observations. Disappointing - would not have wasted the credit if this fact had been in the product description.

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  • Kathleen E. Casey
  • 05-01-22

Fantastic

I felt like a play was happening inside my mind with all the sound effects and the many additional people speaking. This was so much fun to listen to!

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