Can Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder - or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows? Impossible, ...Show synopsisCan Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder - or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows? Impossible, it seems. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the right person is on trial. The judge's summing-up is also clear. Harriet Vane is guilty of the killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang. But the jury disagrees. 'She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller.' Minette WaltersHide synopsis
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This is the first time we meet Harriet, Lord Peter's amore, whom he woos throughout the next three books. Interestingly, Sayers shifts her focus to Harriet's point of view and we finally get a closer look into Lord Peter's hopes and dreams which we have not seen in previous books.
This is a pretty formulaic mystery which for the most part was a little flat for me. There were passages that seemed to ramble on completely unrelated to the story. The main characters just did not click with me. The one thing that elevated it from a two star rating to a three was the ladies of the "cattery". I loved the ingenious Miss Climpson much more than either Lord Wimsey or Harriet Vane. Other than that, this just was not my "cuppa tay"!
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