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Publisher's Summary

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, 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.
©1930 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic Reviews

"She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit." (P. D. James)
"D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers." (E. C. Bentley, Daily Telegraph)
"I admire her novels . . . she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hilary on 09-28-15

Classic crime

Good story, slightly spoilt at times by strange pronunciation of words and very odd phrasing of sentences.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 07-26-15

Did she do it?

Introducing Harriet Vane, this is a classic mystery. Romance, espionage, spiritualism & spinsters all play a part in one of the most challenging cases of Lord Peter's career.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 01-26-17

I didn't like the narration

Given that most of the characters, including the lead, are male, I wonder if a male narrator would've been better (or just a different female narrator with a better technique). I found it a strain listening to the narrator trying to do a variety of male voices and the artificial voice deepening was tiring to listen to at long stretches. The magistrate's monologue at the start was painful to listen to. She also pronounces some words strangely, with lazy long vowels. I get that most of the characters are British aristocracy but the accent was annoying.

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