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  • Strong Poison

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 6
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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By: Dorothy L. Sayers
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
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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 killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang.

But the jury disagrees.

©1930 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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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Strong Poison

Yet more great detectin, on an almost impossible case to prove. Brilliant characters and written with hummer.

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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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Excellent

Love all the Lord Peter stories, very well read the performance was top hole. The question is audible when do we get Gaudy Night and Have His Carcase?

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Classic crime

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

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Excellent story, accurately but not well read.

DLS’s stories are old favourites of mine, read and re-reread many, many, times. These Jane McDowell readings are accurate and the French well rendered but the lady, hard though she tries, has a poor command of the idiomatic. She rather breathlessly renders many phrases with incorrect emphasis. Many an old-fashioned phrase is less than perfectly interpreted. Rehearsal and editing might help. A great pleasure tinged with irritation.

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A refreshingly modern feeling clasic

This was unexpected, it's very much of its time and yet (possibly because it's written by a woman) it felt refreshingly modern.
Personally I wasn't really invested in the mystery although it's perfectly fine but not gripping. I would recommend this for those who love murder mystery's but I don't think I'll re-visit the Lord Peter Wimsey series.

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Meh....

Im sorry I know everyone thinks shes The Don, but I got bored this. The plot would have made a good short story and the narration was confusing as I couldn't work out who was speaking what dialog when. Disappointing.

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Great story, distracting narrator

Odd pronunciation of some ordinary words and strangely stressed sentences distract from a great book

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A favourite book spoilt by the narrator

I like this book but the narrator was completely wrong, and spoilt the book for me. I can only assume that the people who match up books with a narrator, have no idea of the book’s contents or are simply seeking to get a narrated book out as quickly as possible to Audible. I’m sure the narrator is excellent, but totally unsuited to Lord Peter Wimsey. I look forward to this excellent book being re-read for Audible by an infinitely more suitable narrator.

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Oh dear!

What disappointed you about Strong Poison?

I can't remember why I purchased this book...perhaps buy one get one free, but I started listening to it the other day.
Now whilst I understand, this book is set in a time when language was completely different to that that is used today, this book, given there is a lot of non essential chatter in, has begun to grate. So much so that I cannot waste any more time listening to it.
I'm now into chapter 12 of 24 and have decided to return it for a refund.

What was most disappointing about Dorothy L. Sayers’s story?

It was sooooooooo incredibly slow! 12 chapters in and I'm not engaged with any of the characters at all which is a shame.

What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

I think she gave it a good shot, but this book would defy even Sean Barrett to bringing it to life!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. I shan't be buying another book by this author.

Any additional comments?

All I can say is thank goodness for Audible's great listening guarantee!

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