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Publisher's Summary

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The twelfth book featuring Lord Peter (the third novel to feature Harriet Vane) is set in an Oxford women's college.
Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back....
At first she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled, as she encounters obscene graffiti, poison pen letters, and a disgusting effigy when she arrives at sedate Shrewsbury College for the Gaudy celebrations.
But soon Harriet realises she is not the only target of this murderous malice - and asks Lord Peter Wimsey to help.
©1935 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic Reviews

"I admire her novels...she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail." (P. D. James)
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5 out of 5 stars
By EC Williams on 09-10-17

Gaudy Night

I've adored this novel for 20 years. This reading of it made me dislike Harriet and Peter.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Phyllis on 01-31-17

Run to the end of the story

jane Sayers reads too quickly which detracts readers attention. Story is weakened significantly as a result

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4 out of 5 stars
By Annemarie on 07-28-16

Awful performance nearly spoils good book

If you could sum up Gaudy Night in three words, what would they be?

Oxford; romance; mystery

What did you like best about this story?

A Continuation of the ongoing story of Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, as well as a love-letter to Oxford and a detective story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

in many, many, ways. I will avoid any book she is reading - she could spoil any book! She pauses irritatingly after every few words, at inappropriate places, she stresses the wrong words to make sense of a sentence, and she frequently mispronounces words - even homophones, such as 'bow' are pronounced incorrectly (revealing that she has little understanding of what she is reading. Why on earth was she recruited as a reader????

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

the book delighted me, but the reading made me scream with frustration and irritation.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE restore or re-commission new readings of the Sayers books, and don't let this woman loose on any books again.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Wilson on 01-03-16

A lamentable narrator and badly produced

Stilted! She stops halfway through speeches to take a breath where nobody would. Reads like an amateur. However, I did feel that some editing, or production, might have spared us the howlers and mispronunciations. Plus not knowing how Oxford names should be spoken. 'Saint Aldgates' indeed. And 'Dives' pronounced like seedy nightspots. it should be 'DivES, with the E pronounced. I stuck with it, because I like the story, but this is the second of the new series of Lord Peter books I have been disappointed by and I shan't get any more. I and Ms Sayers deserve better than this. Thank heavens I have all the Ian Carmichael recordings.

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4 out of 5 stars
By j on 11-02-17

A great classic nicely presented

The performance was spoilt for me by a simple mispronunciation- the hideous ‘mischievEEOus’ for mischievous
Otherwise I found it well and sympathetically read.
As a love story with a detective interest it is one of, if not the, best.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna Thierry-Higgins on 10-23-17

Sayers at her zenith

Unlike the half dozen unnatural deaths in many modern crime novels, Sayers gives us not one body in Gaudy Night. In fact, crime is almost a background noise. Yet her understanding of relationships as expressed through her characters is profound. This is definitely my favourite Wimsey/Vane. Jane McDowell's narration is expressive and enjoyable. Bravo all around.

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