Strong Poison

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by Dorothy L. Sayers | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780061043505 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/19/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, March 19, 2023
I got this softcover at the annual book-sale at the Nashua Public Library, for another release copy - this one's in the top 3 of my "favorite Sayers novels" list. (While I'd recommend reading the Lord Peter books in chronological order, as some plot elements and relationships develop from book to book, it isn't necessary to have read all the previous books to enjoy this one. However, some of the events here follow directly on those from Clouds of Witness, so you might want to read that one first.)

One of the special qualities of this book: it's the one in which Lord Peter first meets Harriet Vane, whom he will court assiduously for several more books before - but that would be telling, wouldn't it? The story opens as a judge is giving the summation to the jury in a murder trial - Harriet's trial, as it happens; Lord Peter chanced to be in the audience and fell for the lady at once, and is in agonies over the verdict. But the jury can't reach a verdict (thanks in part to the redoubtable Miss Climpson, who has an even more dramatic part to play later in the story) and so Peter has a chance to try and clear the lady's name before the next trial.

Despite the suspenseful circumstances, there's humor, too; the scenes in which Lord Peter's man Bunter coaxes a cook to describe the victim's last meal is very amusing (not least when Lord Peter instructs Bunter to insinuate himself into the bosom of the household and Bunter replies "I shall attempt to insinuate myself to your Lordship's satisfaction." I adore Bunter!).

It's a lively mystery and romance and life-in-Bohemian-London tale, strongly recommended!

[There was a very good made-for-TV adaptation of the novel, starring Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter. And the TV Tropes page for the series includes some entertaining tidbits - but do beware of spoilers.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Craig Dr. in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Monday, March 20, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/20/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Craig Dr. in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2023 Oh, the Places We Can Go challenge, for the "Strong River" in Mississippi. **

** Released for the 2023 Movie challenge. **

Journal Entry 3 by NewEnglandHiker at Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Hunted and caught this book as I pursue the Lord Peter Wimsey series.

Released 1 mo ago (4/10/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Pine Hill Rd in Hollis, New Hampshire USA


Left this extra copy for someone else to enjoy.

Journal Entry 5 by NewEnglandHiker at Hollis, New Hampshire USA on Monday, May 8, 2023
Oops, forgot that I had a copy of this and had left this one where I found it. I'll get it back into circulation soon.

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