I’ve missed a few weeks, but I’m back with my book suggestions! This week, I’m focusing on four fantastic books by one of my very favorite authors.
It’s quite clear that the mystery novelist, Harriet Vane, is guilty of murdering her ex. However, when the jury disagrees on a verdict, and she gets a 30 day reprieve. That 30 days is just enough for Lord Peter Wimsey to set about trying to prove her innocence (and to fall in love).
Have His Carcase
Okay, mild spoiler, this one comes about two years after the events of Strong Poison and does feature Harriet Vane and Lord Peter. Harriet finds a body on the beach, and Lord Peter shows up to help investigate the murder which proves to be a bit tricky considering that the body disappears.
True story, I read
my mom’s copy of this novel so many times I wore it out and had to buy a new one (which I’ve done a decent amount of wear to, as well). I think she’s relieved I finally got this on my Kindle. This is definitely my favorite of the four.
When Harriet returns to her alma mater to attend a reunion, she ends up getting mixed up in a poison pen mystery. It’s a different kind of mystery novel, because it’s more about the choices people make and how they affect other human beings. Also, there isn’t (but there is) a murder to be found in the book.
I can’t say much without giving away important spoilers. Here’s what I will say, this is a classic whodunit. An unpleasant man is killed, and almost everyone seems to have a motive.
There are two additional novels that were based on writing Sayers did, but never completed. I’ve not read either novel, so I can’t speak to how well they fit with the first four novels.