Harriet Vane is a mystery novelist who knows all about poisons because that’s what she writes about in her novels. But when her ex-boyfriend died the same way she just wrote about in her one of books, a jury is ready to say she is guilty of murder. Lord Peter Wimsey comes into investigate and is determined to find her innocent and also becomes determined to make the accused his wife.
This mystery was really good in some unexpected ways. This novel was originally written in 1930 so it had a lot of turn of the century references. Which I always enjoy. And because of when it was written it was also a clean read. Of course, I haven’t come across one that wasn’t yet that was written during this time period or earlier – but I’m sure they do exist.
As for the book itself… One fun feature – Lord Peter Wimsey figured out the true murderer fairly early on – but not how the murder was committed. A definite hitch. That was a nice little change from regular stories though – usually it’s the opposite. We know how the murder was committed but not “who did it.”
Lord Peter Wimsey also uses a woman to help him investigate. Would this had been normal during this time period? I don’t know. But I do love his forward thinking.
All in all I thought this was a great book. If you’re a fan of mysteries – especially historical mysteries – then pick this one up. And it’s part of a series with 15 books all together so if you love the book you’ve just hit a gold mine!