Strong Poison

  • by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by Ian Carmichael
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels, so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?

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"Dorothy Sayers is 'in a class by herself.'"(Chicago Tribune)

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At Last

I have been waiting for more unabridged audiobook versions of the Lord Peter novels by Dorothy Sayers, preferably read by Ian Carmichael ever since I joined Audible several years ago. I love Dorothy L. Sayers's prose, I love Lord Peter and I love how Ian Carmichael interprets him. I hope the rest of the series will be added soon. (Please, Audible, do the entire series, including Five Red Herrings read by Patrick Malahide.)

For those new to Sayers and Lord Peter, this book is in the middle of the series, but the first that introduces his love interest, Harriet Vane, who is on trial for murder. Since at that time and place a swift hanging was the result of a guilty verdict, Lord Peter, who has fallen in love with her during the trial feels great pressure to clear her name in time! This book also contains Miss Climpson, one of my favorite secondary characters of all time. She and Miss Silver and Miss Marple are all spinster detectives invented within a year of each other by English mystery writers.

So a fairly good place to jump into the series, but I hope more will be available soon from Audible US.
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At last Sayers read by Carmichael! Do the rest!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

These are my all time favorite recorded books. I have them all on tape but now the world is digital and I have been begging the publishers to bring them out in digital format. Finally they have. I hope Strong Poison is only the first and the rest will be soon on the way. Ian Carmichael is the quintessential Lord Peter Wimsey and he does all the supporting voices to perfection from his perfect "Gentleman's gentleman" Bunter, to the barmaid at the pub with the Dowager Duchess along the way.

I would recommend these to anyone who wants an entertaining, well written story with clever references and perfect narration.


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- Beth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.