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Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey #6)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  22,319 Ratings  ·  1,028 Reviews
Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancé died in the manner prescribed in one of her books, a jury of her peers had a hangman's noose in mind. But Lord Peter Wimsey was determined to find her innocent—as determined as he was to make her his wife.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1930)
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Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm sorry, Hercule Poirot. There's a new literary detective in my life, and while I will always cherish your silly Belgian antics, Lord Peter Wimsey just understands my needs better - he makes me laugh so much more than you do, and he has that sincerity that you lack.

Now don't cry, Hercule. It's not your fault; the fact is that Lord Peter is just...well, truth be told he's a better man than you. You take cases more out of boredom, and also because the police tend to beg for your help. Lord Pete
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1847, the average woman who read novels apparently wanted Mr Rochester. In 1930, she wanted Lord Peter Wimsey. And in 2015, she wants Christian Grey.

This is called progress.

Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-completed
Lord Peter Wimsey meets the love of his life – finally – and decides then and there he is going to marry her. Unfortunately, Harriet Vane, the source of Lord Peter’s willingness to forgo the bachelor life for a house and family, is not in a position to accept.

Harriet Vane is in the prisoner’s dock of the court, charged with the murder of her previous lover. If convicted, she will hang. Instead, there is a hung jury and a second trial due to be opened in a month. Lord Peter has only that short ti
Jason Koivu
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was reading this, feeling a whole lotta deja vu and just wondering which came first, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series or PG Wodehouse's Wooster/Jeeves series, when out of the blue one of Sayers' characters name-drops Jeeves!

For me and the sort of reading I enjoy, this hit the spot! It was like reading a murder mystery penned by Wodehouse. And if you're been reading my reviews, you know he's one of my favorite authors. There's something very Wooster-like about the foppish Wimsey. The st
mark monday
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: murdertime
introducing harriet vane! she's a loveable heroine and lord peter wimsey practically becomes a walking boner as soon as she arrives on the scene. dorothy sayers is one of the most elegant of writers and her super-detective peter wimsey is one of literature's most elegant creations. he's a semi-tragic war hero, he's brave & strong & fast & loyal, he's kind to service staff, he's a defender of the innocent...and all his heroic attributes would grow quickly obnoxious except that sayers ...more
Carol  ꧁꧂
I think this may be the Sayers I read in my younger years & didn't much care for.

I can appreciate Sayers' ability more now.

I did enjoy this title very much, but not quite a perfect read for me. There was quite a bit of filler & not many suspects. But the murder method was ingenious & this is enough to make this title a most satisfying read.

Good stuff!
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, favourites
You would think that having read Strong Poison once, listened to the Ian Carmichael audiobook, and watched the Edward Petherbridge tv adaptation twice, I wouldn't be still at the point of giggling every few pages or staying up all night to finish it. You'd definitely be wrong.

It's so good coming back to these characters and learning more about them, and having the fondness about them, and not having my mind occupied with trying to figure out the mystery. Miss Murchison! Miss Climpson! Bunter! Pa
Published in 1930, this is the sixth book to feature Lord Peter Wimsey and the first to feature Harriet Vane. When we are introduced to Harriet, she is a prisoner in the dock; on trial for killing her lover, Philip Boyes. Lord Peter is convinced of her innocence and instantly smitten. However, the case against her looks pretty convincing at first glance. Miss Vane had left Mr Boyes, after an attempt at ‘free love’ had fallen apart. A writer of detective fiction, Harriet had been investigating de ...more
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.

Dorothy Sayers has been a popular mystery writer for at least eighty years. She was writing books in the twenties and thirties and they, despite the competition of Agatha Christie and everyone else writing similarly mannered mystery puzzles and polite comedies of manners (which category her books also fall into), have lasted until now, which means they've come through at least three generations of fans. And it isn't hard to
I listened to this on audiobook and completely forgot to add it to my Goodreads challenge. Dorothy L. Sayers is now officially my no. 1 Agatha Christie substitute. If you like Agatha Christie, I can only recommend checking out one of the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries! They have a very similar feel to them and they're always very satirical and funny.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery

So far the only Wimsey book I didn't like was Unnatural Death and that's because there was no Wimsey. He appears in a couple of scenes but the majority of the book is a woman he hired to investigate for him. Well, that was one of the main reasons.

The reason I mention Unnatural death is that here too Miss Climpson is sent to investigate something but in Strong Poison it wasn't too much and she actually does interesting things trying to find the item she came for. She isn't just talking to peo
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars for the audiobook

First off - narrator is the actor Ian Carmichael who is excellent. He narrated a few in this series and also was in a full cast recording by BBC (abridged dramatizations) and he also played Lord Peter Wimsey on TV. I remember seeing a BBC Wimsey series with a different actor, which turned me on to reading the books in the 80's or it may have been the other way around.

This is the 5th book in the series which takes place in the 1920s, England. I started here because it in
Olga Godim
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
This was a very good book. In it, Peter Wimsey first meets the love of his life, Harriet Vane, a writer of mystery novels. She is accused of murdering her former lover with arsenic, and Peter sets out to prove she didn’t commit the murder. His clock is ticking too – he has only one month to collect his evidence and find the real killer before the woman he loves is convicted and hanged.
The plot is fairly simple, but the characters are what makes the story shine, especially Peter. I’ve been re-rea
Oct 02, 2016 added it
Shelves: reprize
Jednom je neko objašnjavao Edmundu Vilsonu kako je Doroti Sejers ozbiljan pisac a ne samo autorka krimića, i Vilson (koji se u slobodno vreme družio s Nabokovom dok nije krenuo da kritikuje Nabokovljeve prevode s ruskog) sedne i uzme da čita i naravno strašno se razočara i tom razočaranju da oduška preko novina.
Jasno je na čemu se zasnivaju argumenti i jedne i druge strane - Sejersova ima velike ambicije (pogledati kako iskusno i vešto gradi uvodnu scenu u Strong Poison) ali, s druge strane,
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I enjoy every Lord Peter Wimsey novel more than the last! With each book we learn a little more about Lord Peter and his personality blooms. He is not so much the 'buffoon' in this book, and we see another side to him - stricken with love.

In Strong Poison Harriet Vane, a novelist, is on trial for the murder by arsenic of her lover, also a novelist. Lord Peter's man Bunter, his friend Charles Parker, and Miss Climpson who runs his typing agency (a.k.a. 'The Cattery' a front for other things revea
Sharon Ervin
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All readers--men and women
Recommended to Sharon by: Michael Seidman
Sayers wrote many novels. Four feature Lord Peter Wimsey and love interest Harriet Vane. Those are my favorites: STRONG POISON, HAVE HIS CARCASE, GAUDY NIGHT and BUSMAN'S HONEYMOON.

There is something about Sayers' writing that conveys images, humor, characters, etc., from her brain to mine. GAUDY NIGHT actually is my all-time favorite book. I've recommended it to avid reader friends, many of whom could "not get into it."

Her murderers, motives and methods delight me. She simply writes marvelous
Brenda H
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers is the fifth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, a nobleman and an amateur detective.

The story takes place in 1930 London. Mystery author Harriet Vane is on trial for the murder of her lover, Philip Boyes. The trial ends with a hung jury and is scheduled to be heard again in a month. Following the trial, Lord Peter visits Harriet in prison and declares his belief in her innocence and promises to catch the real murderer. He also announces his intention to marry her - w
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of what are often referred to as the “golden age of crime” novels especially those of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. Strong Poison is one I had wanted to read for some time but- though I have spotted her novels in charity shops and on book laden tables during bookcrossing meet ups – never seem to come across this particular novel. So I gave in recently and downloaded it to my kindle at a cost of £4 or £5 – I think it was worth it. Having stumped up the cash – s ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
First of all, I love that the new edition has an introduction by Edward Petherbridge. Ian Carmichael was a brilliant voice for Peter, but if I could picture Peter, I think it’d be Petherbridge I’d see. And his introduction is fitting: erudite and respectful of Sayers’ work, but also playful.

The novel itself, well: it’s Strong Poison. I love it for so many reasons. Okay, I do get a little frustrated with Peter for making the fact that Harriet is likely to be hanged about how awful it is for him,
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I can’t find the name of the person who voiced Harriet, and my Audible file doesn’t seem to include that intro. Blast. Still, Strong Poison is mostly not about Harriet, and she appears comparatively little — really, it’s about Lord Peter getting to be a knight in shining armour, and he really starts escalating toward sainthood in his actions here, how he comes to save her and doesn’t push and so on. If you look at it with a cynical eye, it’s all rather obvious lionising of the c ...more
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peter Wimsey fans
I think I would have liked this book better if I didn't already know Lord Peter Wimsey from "Clouds of Witness"—meaning, I love Peter so much, that I was disappointed he wasn't in "Strong Poison" more. I adored all the chapters with him in "Strong Poison" but they seemed few and far between, so as interesting and all as the other characters were, I was never as wholly invested because I wanted to get back to Peter and the other beloved characters from past novels. For me, the book felt a little ...more
sayers books are like macaroni and cheese to me: comfort food that i've had before and go back to when i'm tired and don't want to make the effort of reading something new.
this is the one where he saves Harriet Vane from a murder charge.
favorite quote:
Wimsey is getting older. Someone has asked him "not to alter himself."
"The first time the request had exalted him; this time, it terrified him. ... he felt for the first time the dull and angry helplessness which is the first warning stroke of the
Beth Bonini
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"It was natural that the conversation should turn to the subject of murder. Nothing goes so well with a hot fire and buttered crumpets as a wet day without and a good dose of comfortable horrors within. The heavier the lashing of the rain and the ghastlier the details, the better the flavour seems to be. On the present occasion, all the ingredients of an enjoyable party were present in full force."

I'm not a huge fan of detective novels - honestly, I find them a bit tiresome - but when a close fr
Pamela Shropshire
This isn't the most baffling mystery of the series (I figured out the "vehicle" for the poison before the Big Reveal), but the rest is just superb. The Dowager Duchess of Denver is one of my favorite supporting characters in all of fiction (another is Julia Quinn's Lady Danbury) - as I mentioned in a previous review, I adore her stream-of-consciousness type conversations.

The premise is that Lord Peter and a number of family members and friends are attending a murder trial. The accused is a young
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: my bookshelf.

Lord Peter Wimsey's latest case has high stakes. He's fallen in love with the accused, novelist Harriet Vane, and has one month to save her from hanging for the death of her former lover, Philip Boyes. Boyes was poisoned with arsenic, the method Harriet used in her latest novel; and who else would want to kill a young man of dubious talent and no wealth?

As my bookfriends have reminded me, Sayers used this novel to work out some of her own relationship issues wi
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I packed this for vacation to force my friend to read this. (She did. Really liked it, too, and now is raving about Gaudy Night.) And of course I had to reread it as well!

You all know I love Sayers, especially the Harriet books. This one isn't perfect; I think it's too long, for one, and it feels like the middle section contains some extraneous details - but it's a fabulous introduction because Harriet is such a well-drawn, compelling character. Peter's fatuous, casual front bumps up against her
Annie-and-Katie Book Club selection! We had been looking forward to spending more time with Lord Peter, but alas he was not ever-present, and barely sometimes-present. This was a very confused sort of book--the first several chapters were quite dry, all courtroom stuff, blah-blah about the case against Harriet Vane. Then, the midsection of Lord Peter believing her innocence and trying to prove it--yet he employs several other people to do so and we end up hearing all about one of the lady's trip ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
I have long loved the novels of Dorothy L Sayers, in particular those featuring Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. I haven't re-read them for a while, though. So discovering them on audiobook has been very exciting. I have just finished listening to the audiobook of Strong Poison, which was wonderful, and will be starting on Have His Carcase soon. I had forgotten how much humour there is in Strong Poison, and it's not just Lord Peter's wit. Ms Climpson's and Ms Murchison's investigations are a hoot!
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, re-read, 2017
2017 Reread

Found I was in the mood to reread these over the holidays (by which I mean, I felt like rereading Gaudy Night, and then decided to just reread the Peter/Harriet arc).

Peter and Harriet are sort of relaxing for me, in a way. On this reread, I particularly enjoyed how everyone else reacts to Peter in love, mostly because quite a few people notice, despite his best efforts. And I continue to really enjoy the ending.

2016 Reread
Skipping over The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club because I
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“Nothing goes so well with a hot fire and buttered crumpets as a wet day without and a good dose of comfortable horrors within. The heavier the lashing of the rain and the ghastlier the details, the better the flavour seems to be.” 95 likes
“Do you know how to pick a lock?"
"Not in the least, I'm afraid."
"I often wonder what we go to school for," said Wimsey.”
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