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Gaudy Night
Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
Back at Oxford for her reunion, Harriet Vane, Lord Peters beloved, finds herself in mortal danger [Description] Since she graduated from Oxfords Shrewsbury College, Harriet Vane has found fame by writing novels about ingenious murders. She also won infamy when she was accused of committing a murder herself. It took a timely intervention from the debonair Lord Peter Wimsey to save her from the gallows, and since then she has devoted her spare time to resisting his attempts to marry her. Putting aside her lingering shame from the trial, Harriet returns to Oxford for her college reunion with her head held highonly to find that her life is in danger once again. The first poison-pen letter calls her a dirty murderess, and those that follow are no kinder. As the threats become more frightening, she calls on Lord Peter for help. Among the dons of Oxford lurks a killer, but it will take more than a superior education to match Lord Peter and the daring Harriet. Gaudy Night is the 12th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
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kat_forster
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A brilliant woman writing about brilliant women at Oxford in the pre-WWII period. I‘m rereading this (via audiobook, anyway) and loving it. I‘d forgotten that the first half (at least) is entirely from Harriet‘s point of view. It‘s a refreshing change - we get a little deeper into her head than we do Wimsey‘s.

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ozma.of.oz
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“It‘s elementary, my dear Watson.” 🔎

1. Gotta go with the classics here, Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot.
2. I like to be surprised. But my absolute favorite is when I guess part of the solution correctly.
3. Never read Sayers before!

#SundayFunday Have a fantastic day and remember to tag me!

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Verity
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I‘ve been awol for a while. It‘s been a bit like that this year hasn‘t it? I‘ve basically spent the last four months listening to Gaudy Night on repeat. With a side order of Amelia Peabody and Inspector Alleyn, but mostly Gaudy Night. I wrote a whole thing about it on my blog, but basically my brain has decided that listening to Peter and Harriet work things out is about all it can cope with right now and I‘m sort of at peace with that.

LiteraryinLawrence Hey, whatever gets you through the day. 💗 Comfort reads are important. 7mo
Verity @LiteraryinLawrence they really are 7mo
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AmandaBorchers
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Wow this book was such a treat. It had the feel of a Victorian novel but with a great little mystery. After listening to The Literary Life podcast episode on this book, I realized a lot of the literary references went over my head but the story was still enjoyable. A great comfy cozy October read!

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I started this thinking that I was going to get an old fashioned mystery, but there is so much more in the pages of this book if you are willing to look for it. I loved it. 📕

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Verity
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As part of my attempt to deal with my Bad Week last week I treated myself to the audiobook of Gaudy Night. It‘s been ages since I read this - I have the radio play which is (obviously) abridged - and I had forgotten how much wonderful character development there is in this. I‘ve ended up listening to it and reading it as well. I‘m about an hour from the end of the audiobook, but I‘ve already finished re-reading.

wanderinglynn I hope this week is going better for you! 💜 12mo
Verity @wanderinglynn so far it is an improvement thank you. 🤞🤞 (edited) 12mo
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GatheringBooks
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TK-421 As an avid tea drinker, I agree! ✨☕️ 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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Gaudy Night is called Sayer's best novel, and I can see why. It feels surprisingly modern and lands unexpected emotional punches. Harriet goes back to Oxford to help her college. It's as much about women's education and their place in society as about Harriet's complicated relationship (or lack thereof) with Peter Wimsey. My edition has a picture of Edward Petherbridge on the back. I found his version on youtube and he's a really great Wimsey.

charl08 The actor is too weedy for me! I do love this book though. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @charl08 I picture Wimsey looking kind of like Leslie Howard. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#NamasteNovember
This #purplecover book I have yet to read.

veritysalter Have you listened to the Shedunnit podcast? They discuss all the British Golden Age crime writers, with especial focus on Sayers and Christie. They are an interesting group, who went on to become The Detection Club. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @veritysalter I did not know about this. I love AC and the Golden Age crime authors, will look it up! Thanks 🤗 3y
batsy Cool edition! 💜 3y
Eggs ❤️💜👏🏻💜❤️ 3y
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Susanita
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Lukewarm pick. Interesting plot but far too much banter, bickering, ruminating, etc. Anyway, it knocks off prompts for a couple reading challenges.

#Booked2019 #nightoriented not just because of the title but also because much of the mischief occurs at night.

#MMD for a book published before I was born. It was probably quite modern at the time...

Cinfhen I love a #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 3y
shanaqui I think Gaudy Night might work significantly better if you've actually read the series leading up to it, or at least Strong Poison and Have His Carcase. It's really not typical of the series in many ways, but relies heavily on the investment in the characters for the emotional part of the plot. 3y
Susanita @shanaqui I was thinking that too as I got further into the book. 3y
shanaqui @Susanita For fans of the series it's the most awesome payoff, but why should you care if you don't know the background, after all! 3y
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Susanita
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All too soon it will be cold and dark when I want to sit outside and enjoy my #favoritereadingspot and a beverage, so I‘m taking advantage of the sunshine now. #selfimprovementsept

CogsOfEncouragement Great read! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Nice! 😊 3y
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Pam.Kokomo
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My copy has seen better days! The more I read Dorothy Sayers, the more I love her. These aren‘t your run-of-the-mill mysteries. Gaudy Night gives you so much to think about that a reread would undoubtedly be worthwhile.

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Emilymdxn
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I might be an idiot for being surprised there wasn‘t a murder in this 😂 other than that, I really enjoyed the oxford nostalgia and Harriet Vane, and I would read more Dorothy Sayers, but I found the pacing a bit slow because there weren‘t any bodies, and the conclusion was quite unsatisfying for me.

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Emilymdxn
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Guys Spain is incredible! The #bookfitnesschallenge hasn‘t been at the front of my mind tbh I haven‘t done loads of reading - I was taken by surprise by an enormous festival involving burning enormous wooden effigies and being sprayed with water by firefighters until 5am but not complaining! I‘ll be less distracted once I‘m back in the uk

How we doing @Trashcanman @TheEllieMo @RachelO @cewilf @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @Megabooks @wanderinglynn

Freespirit Oooh I loved Spain too....so much history ,art, architecture ❤️❤️ 3y
cewilf Wonderful! I‘ve never been, but my students took a trip there this past school year. Enjoy yourself!! The week is off to a strong start for me 💪 3y
cobwebmoth Enjoy your trip! 3y
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KathyWheeler Have fun! I‘ve always wanted to go there. 3y
wanderinglynn Have a fabulous time! 3y
Megabooks Enjoy!! I‘ve been doing a lot of walking and reading. 👍🏻 3y
Trashcanman Enjoy your time and day 😊 3y
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Emilymdxn
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Welllll. First minor setback #bookfitnesschallenge is that my flight yesterday was delayed 24 hours and I‘m still in England, will spend most of today travelling unable to do any walking at all 😐 I anticipate spending most of today sat down angrily with a book. Bright sides tho - British airways have paid for my breakfast and at least I have a book! Having a healthy breakfast so I‘ll call that fitness progress even if it isn‘t one of my goals.

rockpools How frustrating! Where are you off to? And yes, extra progress on the reading goals 😉. Hope it‘s all sorted relatively smoothly. Have a good journey. 3y
TheEllieMo Adaptable goals in action right there! 3y
Megabooks There you go! Sorry about the delay, but I‘m glad you‘re able to get in some reading. Told you I stayed up late 😉 it‘s 3:30 am here! 3y
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squirrelbrain Ugh, were you flying out of Manchester then? At least you weren‘t on that Jet2 flight that got turned back to Stansted and was escorted in by fighter jets! 😬 3y
Emilymdxn @squirrelbrain @megabooks @TheEllieMo @RachelO Gatwick 😞 I didn‘t even know anything had happened in Manchester. Off to Spain with my bf‘s family for a few days (hopefully) 3y
KathyWheeler I hate that your flight is delayed but you‘ve got a book, so that‘s good. And having a healthy breakfast is definitely a good thing! 3y
marleed I love a challenge where the goals change to match the day rather than the other way around! Enjoy your trip - and the journey! 3y
wanderinglynn Sorry your flight was delayed. But a free breakfast is good and there is always reading. I hope the rest of your trip is awesome (but uneventful). Adapt your goals as needed to compensate the life happening! 💜 3y
krayoncolorz Sorry to hear about your flight delay! That is frustrating. Enjoy the book and breakfast though! 3y
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BookaholicNatty
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Book #2 in the Must Read mystery blog from Modern Mrs Darcy. This is another Lord Peter Wimsey mystery that takes place at Oxford University. When Harriet Vane, Alma Mater, is incited back to college to attend the annual Gaudy celebrations someone starts to send poison pen letters and performing other malicious acts toward her. She calls in Lord Peter Wimsey to help her figure out what‘s going on. These are also a tv series!

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bookandbedandtea
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First, I half adore this ugly old cover and half want to replace the whole lot with new elegant covers.
Sayers' writing style delights me so I may regret reading this as I now have a powerful urge to reread the whole series- which won't do anything for my TBR pile. I enjoy this book not so much for the mystery as for the location, the dialogue, the social commentary, and the characters.

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Swoon. I can't deny that I have a bit of a #litcrush on Lord Peter.

jillrhudy Who doesn‘t? 3y
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy Right? Well educated, well dressed, and well monied plus self aware and civic minded with a social conscience? What's not to like? 😉😁 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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Reading has been such a struggle for me these last few months that, rather than fight with myself, I've decided to revisit an old friend. Harriet and Lord Peter are one of my favorite literary couples and, of the books that focus on them, this is the one I like best. (Not sure why some of them show up twice in my kindle library 🤔) #amreading #finally

wanderinglynn I feel your pain. I‘ve been struggling with a major reading slump too. I‘m slowly coming out of it, but now I feel like I‘m way behind on all my reading goals. 😕 3y
bookandbedandtea @wanderinglynn My not-so-new job gives me so little time to read that when I do have some time on the weekends I find myself flailing and dithering. Which REALLY isn't like me when it comes to reading but that's where I find myself right now. It's frustrating! 3y
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cathysaid
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I forget who turned me on to this site...but thank you and I hate you 😬

I‘ve only read three so I‘ve got some reading to do!

https://crimereads.com/the-7-creepiest-manor-houses-in-mystery/

#mystery #crime

gradcat Ooh! I‘m in! I hope I won‘t be sorry 😂😂😂 3y
SailorMoon OooMG I wanna read this too!!! 3y
AlaMich This is great! Thanks for sharing! 😊 3y
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cathysaid @AlaMich @gradcat @SailorMoon Right?!?! The website is dangerous for my TBR...and my wallet. 😣 3y
SailorMoon BTW if you love the subject (and you are brave af!!!) you should watch the first season of American Horror Story and The Haunting Of Hill House. Both are tv series that take place in haunted mansions, and they are REALLY good!!! 3y
cathysaid @Sailormoon I do like AHS (what does that say about me?!?) but there are at least two seasons even I couldn‘t stomach. And I had forgotten The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix! I feel a day of binge watching and knitting coming on... 🧶 3y
SailorMoon I also love AHS so... no judgment here LOL 🤣 I couldn't bare the CULT season, I was too scared but managed to finish watching it. I couldn'r finish ROANOKE though, when it got to cannibalism was a little too much for me to handle! The one I loved the most was ASYLUM. OMG it was sooo good! And HOTEL too. We'll end up talking for hours about the subject if you just give me a little rope........... 🤣 3y
SailorMoon Do watch Hill House, it's AMAZING. I couldn't stop watching! I finished it in a day and a half!!! 3y
batsy I try not to look at this site though I love it... My TBR explodes. 3y
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brandymuses
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💗”Placetne, magistra?” “Placet.” 😭😍
2/14 Valentine‘s = new book+treat day in our house
💏 Tazwell (That is for reals his name. My in-laws were weird.)
😊 I can handle sad if it‘s well written, but I don‘t go looking for them.
📚Peter from tagged book, Gen from Queen‘s Thief, Parsons from Earth Bound...I have a Type™️.

#frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🌙 and yes, such peculiar and interesting in-laws 🤣 4y
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saresmoore
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I adored this. It was my first Sayers and I think I read the perfect one because, although it centered on mysterious happenings, it wasn‘t so much about the mystery. Set in a (mostly) fictional women‘s college at Oxford, the story and characters manage to deal with so many important topics (feminism, education, gender roles, love) in unexpected ways. The love story woven throughout was a delight & Sayers‘ writing style is beautiful. Absolute pick!

Lynnsoprano My favorite of Sayers‘ novels. Now you need to read Busman‘s Honeymoon. 4y
saresmoore I‘m counting this for the Female Detective prompt in #Booked2019—Harriet Vane did easily as much detective work as Lord Peter Wimsey in this one! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4y
saresmoore @Lynnsoprano Ooh, will do! 4y
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saresmoore @Moray_Reads I also read this for the #MMDChallenge, “a book recommended by someone with great taste”—that‘s you, Moray! And I‘m reading about fifteen books this year that you‘ve recommended. 😁 You‘ve yet to steer me wrong, my friend! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I keep thinking I have to read the series in order. I‘ve read the first three and I‘ve heard this is her best in the series! 4y
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm I really think it stood alone on its own merits. I felt like I got a good understanding of the history, even though it wasn‘t explicit. 4y
Cinfhen Congrats on another prompt completed 💪🏼🤓 4y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I haven't read the Wimsey series in order, and I would like to go back to the beginning and read them all. But it's a real treat to read the Wimsey and Vane books in order; and only four with the two of them 😊 4y
batsy So glad you enjoyed this. It's one of my favourites. 4y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'm honoured to be your pick for the prompt but it's the book that deserves the credit really. Glad you liked it. I recommend Murder Must Advertise, it's Peter-based and there's no Harriet but it's very funny. Probably my favourite after this one! 4y
catebutler I just read and loved it!! Sayers is such a clever and fun author! So happy you enjoyed this one!! 4y
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Lynnsoprano
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For any Dorothy L. Sayers fans who don‘t already own this, or for anyone who loves a good mystery, this popped up in my Bookbub email today.

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shanaqui
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This is perhaps the most serious novel of Sayers' output: she was, it's saod, tiring of Wimsey -- but that doesn't show. It's an honest dissertation on the kind vs the heart, with a detective subplot. The important parts are all Harriet's slow understanding (at last!) of Peter and what he offers her. I love it so much.

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saresmoore
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Oh, my goodness, this book is a delight! I never know quite what to expect from this quirky cast of Oxford women.

Lynnsoprano One of my favorites! 4y
saresmoore @Lynnsoprano I can see why! Sayers is brilliant! 4y
Lynnsoprano @saresmoore Once you finish this, Busman‘s Honeymoon is a must. Probably my favorite Sayers. 4y
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Leftcoastzen Need to read ! Found a copy recently. 4y
saresmoore @Lynnsoprano Ooh, great! I look forward to it! 4y
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen It‘s a refreshing read, hope you enjoy it, too! 4y
Moray_Reads @Lynnsoprano I plan to read Busman's Honeymoon over Christmas. I'm devastated that it's the last Wimsey-proper book. Have you read any of the books completed/written after Sayers' death? 4y
Lynnsoprano @Moray_Reads No, I haven‘t. I just can‘t bring myself to. 4y
Moray_Reads @Lynnsoprano that's how I feel too 🙁 4y
batsy This is one of my favourites 💜 4y
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saresmoore
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This is from the Author‘s Note—I like it already! I‘m getting a jump start on next year‘s reading challenge because this just came available from my library. Looking forward to it after it was highly regarded by @Moray_Reads

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Sayers had some razor-sharp observations on women's education, and the attitudes towards it, in Gaudy Night (Geoffrey sounds like a prat) #schoolinlife
@cinfhen @Billypar

charl08 Cited this book in my thesis! 4y
gradcat I absolutely loved 4y
Moray_Reads @gradcat me too, Gaudy Night for thinking and Murder Must Advertise for fun! 4y
Moray_Reads @charl08 very cool. What was your thesis? 4y
batsy @gradcat Me three! 💜 4y
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Moray_Reads
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Loved this one. The mystery isn't particularly central nor the perpetrator difficult to identify but it's a wonderful insight into Oxford life, good and bad, and there some fascinating discussions of women's roles and responsibilities. It's obviously a very personal story for Sayers. Picture is of the front quad of Lord Peter's college (Balliol) from my recent trip to Oxford

JazzFeathers Sounds like one l need to read. I've been meaning to read her for a while now 4y
Moray_Reads @JazzFeathers definitely one of my favourites. I'd read Strong Poison and Have His Carcase first as Harriet Vane is introduced and developed in these and is the main character in Gaudy Night 4y
Kalalalatja Great photo! I love Oxford 👌 4y
batsy Yes! I love this book for those reasons. Although I did find the odd goings-on a bit unnerving at times, too 😆 4y
Moray_Reads @batsy yes, lots of heightened passions! I loved the relationships between all the different women. They felt very genuine and showed so many opinions and compromises. I liked seeing Lord Saint George too 4y
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MaureenMc
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This mystery just didn‘t land for me. Too many characters, too many superfluous scenes, and too many archaic and otherwise references to Oxford and England that I just didn‘t get.

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Suelizbeth
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An extremely involved, beautifully complicated mystery, with gorgeous descriptions of university life and environs. The story has a distinct feminist bent and so I‘m not satisfied with the ending between Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. It feels like a cop out, but more true to the times, perhaps? Otherwise, I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Readathon #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid I‘m at 16 1/2 hours and hope to make it to 24.

Leftcoastzen I found a copy not long ago, sounds like I need to move it up mountain TBR!😀 4y
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Suelizbeth
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I am loving this book! It‘s the Modern Mrs Darcy book club September selection that has taken me until now to read. I overbooked myself in September, pun intended. The book flight is Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl, which I probably won‘t be able to finish this month. #Readathon #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage You're still killing it with the time! 👍🏻 4y
Suelizbeth @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! 📚❤️ 4y
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RebeccaRoo7
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I haven't committed to annotating any of my books since graduating from college. I forgot how fun and consuming it can be! #havefun #alwaysannotate #noslackinghere #dorothysayers #modernmrsdarcy #bookclub #mystery #detectives

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suvata
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My first Dorothy Sayers. Guaranteed it won‘t be my last!

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suvata
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Starting today: #MMD Book Club September 2018 pick

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Leniverse
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📚 Gaudy Night (but also Geek Love and The Graveyard Book)
✏️ Neil Gaiman
📺 Gilmore Girls
🍽️ Gnocchi

#ManicMonday
#LetterG
@JoScho

julesG Gnocchi! ❤️ 4y
JoScho Yeah gnocchi is a good one! 4y
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suzanne.literarylife
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Absolutely love this mystery. The main character is a female detective in the 1930's who is definitely ahead of the times. Witty and charming. Watch my review at https://youtu.be/E1nb6S1t4FY
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#literarylife #bookreview #mysterybooks #gaudynight #bookishweekend #bookworm #booklove #dorothylsayers #harrietvane #lordpeterwhimsey #mysteryseries #bookwormheaven

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ValerieAndBooks
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Back in the 1980s, I was an avid follower of the #character of Lord Peter Wimsey in the books (ICYMI, see my post from a couple days ago for a pic of my books), and the BBC TV series. Harriet Vane is also a great character! #Maylovesclassics

batsy Yes, they're both so enjoyable together! (even when they drive me up the wall, sometimes 😂) 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Do you ever wish you could go back in time for a day? I would def pick 1981. Lol. I swear I never expected to get this old!!! When you came of age in the 80s, there‘s no way you ever thought you‘d be old...that was for people who came of age in the 50s. Lol I had to edit this post 3 times...clearly, I‘m sans coffee and old. Hahahahaha (edited) 4y
LeahBergen I really must try one from this series! 4y
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ValerieAndBooks @batsy they‘re never dull 😊!! 4y
ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 yes! I‘d pick 1982 (graduated HS in 83). It cracks me up that the kids nowadays have “dress like the 80s” parties 😂! 4y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen when you do, try to read in order 😊 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 1982 and 1983 were fabulous, but they had major heartbreak for me, that‘s why I picked ‘81. My mom passed away in ‘83. But had she been well and lived, the whole of the 80s would have been outstanding. They were definitely fun days!! I just ordered a book on BO called Once Upon A Kiss (I‘ve forgotten which booktuber hauled it and introduced me to it) but it involves time travel back to the 80s and it was something like 99 cents, so why not? (edited) 4y
ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m so sorry that you lost your mom — so young for both of you 😢. I feel like the 80s weren‘t without flaws but it did seem like we had closer personal connections back then; today‘s technology is great but can keep people from really getting to know each other. With texting & social media there‘s less urgency for people to actually hang out. That book looks like fun, I don‘t dare go to BO right now but maybe next time👍 😄 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you, Valerie. Yeah, way too young. I agree wholeheartedly about the interconnectedness of society back then. It was great, I went dancing up 4 nights a week sometimes during college!! Do you remember the wine and cheese places that had board games-huge date places. Disco Rollerskating. Lol. Yeah, it was about connecting to people. I really loved those days!! 4y
ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I met my now-hubby in my first semester of college so our night life tended to be relatively low-key 😊. But I do remember going to roller rinks all the time in High School with my friends and hoping cute guys would choose us when they put on a “couples skate” song 😊 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 😀hahaha! That‘s cute!! I graduated HS in 80, so I have a few years on you.!ive been listening to old school mixes on YouTube....came across the song One More Shot...forgot about that song...so great (edited) 4y
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MrsMalaprop
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These two #whodunits from the 1930‘s have been on my #TBR shelf for about 20 years 😱. Has anyone out there read them?

#OldCoolBooks #whodunit

Leniverse I love Sayers' Lord Peter books! And Gaudy Night is my favourite. I've read it multiple times. But I recommend reading a few other books before Gaudy Night. That book is more about Harriet Vane than Peter, and you should at least read the book where she is introduced first, so that you understand their relationship. 4y
Leniverse The Nine Taylors is one of the two books she has on Boxall's 1001 list. (Gaudy Night should really be there too.) It's been a while since I read it, but I think you can probably read that one without having read any of the previous books. Although there might be references to previous cases which could be spoilers for those books. 4y
MrsMalaprop Thanks @Leniverse 😊. Will try to get hold of Strong Poison before I read these two. 4y
Leniverse Harriet isn't in Nine Taylors, so no need for that. It's better to get to know Peter pre-Harriet first. 😉 4y
Linsy TBR shelves can be like that! There are some books I fear I‘ll never get to. 4y
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Leniverse
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Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey may follow the family motto "as my whimsy takes me", but he is nothing if not persistent in his pursuits, but he does try not to be a nuisance and assures Harriet Vane that she can just ignore his #proposals completely. (Peter Wimsey is, however, difficult to ignore.)
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batsy Good one! He is very difficult to ignore. 4y
MayJasper Come on Harriet. He sounds like a keeper to me 😊 4y
CrowCAH Those are quite the holidays to celebrate love on; Guy Fawkes?! Lol 4y
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Leniverse @CrowCAH Well, it has fireworks and bonfires. That's romantic, right? 😂 4y
CrowCAH @Leniverse and burning effigies! 😂 4y
Leniverse @CrowCAH Burning hearts! Effigies of our love? 😂 Seriously though, it's supposed to be silly and not overly romantic so that she can turn him down with no harm done and he gets to propose again another day. Peter is smart. 4y
BarbaraBB I just read a Lord Peter Wimsley book as well! 4y
LeahBergen This sounds like my cup o‘ tea. I haven‘t read Sayers yet. 4y
Leniverse @LeahBergen I recommend reading them more or less in order as books often refer back to previously solved mysteries. 4y
LeahBergen @Leniverse Thanks! I‘m one of those people that just CAN‘T jump into the middle of a series. It drives me crazy. 😆 4y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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Pickpick

Another enjoyable Wimsey mystery.

Dulcinella I like her books a lot! 5y
CogsOfEncouragement @Dulcinella I only heard of them last August and have read five so far 😃 5y
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batsy
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#BecausetheNight, gaudy as it is, belongs to Wimsey and Vane ? #Rocktober @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

I should probably "update" my copy of Gaudy Night. Go it used in this nibbled state. Lol. I'm so fond of it; it's the version I first read and loved.

Leniverse 😍 5y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Its quite lovely! Nibbles and all! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Loved this series! It‘s been many years since I‘ve read them, with the exception of a short story collection and I keep thinking I should re-read them. 5y
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batsy @ValerieAndBooks Yes, it's so good! There's a bunch that I haven't read and really want to collect them all. 5y
kspenmoll What a wonderful series!! 5y
batsy @kspenmoll It is! ☺️ 5y
Ms_T Nibbled = well loved 😉 5y
batsy @Ms_T Stopped just short of devouring it! 😀 5y
Leftcoastzen It was truly nibbled but such a cute cover.😂 5y
LeahBergen It's a lovely edition! ❤️ 5y
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you 😘 5y
batsy @Leftcoastzen Haha, isn't it though :) 5y
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MandaChittles
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Mehso-so

While I relished in the truly beautiful paragraphs in this novel and appreciated the early feminism in championing education and equality for women, I still found the read to be quite a slog. A few 100 pages too long. There were some moments of being caught up in the mystery of the 'crimes' but mostly I was not invested in the characters or their odd scenarios. I enjoyed the flirtations and love interests which had a high society British flair.

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MandaChittles
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Kicking it old school with the intellectual ladies from Oxford.... I've just hit chapter three and Harriet (the mystery novelist) has just stumbled upon a 'clue' to a mystery in her real life.

Leniverse I love that book. ❤️ 5y
Leniverse Btw. If you're the type to google all Latin and literary references etc, you'll like this link. It's basically annotations for the whole book. http://planetpeschel.com/the-wimsey-annotations/gaudy-night/ 5y
batsy One of my faves 💜 I wasn't aware of the annotations, @Leniverse. Thanks for that! It's an excuse for a reread sometime soon 😊 5y
LizzyM Love these books!! 5y
MandaChittles Should I have started with this one? It was recommended by The Book Club - an Australian television series. 5y
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HardcoverHearts
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First class of the week for my class at Oxford, in Christ Church called Oxford Murder. We talked about Gaudy Nights to kick it off and it was a fantastic and masterful discussion of this classic read. While I loved it before, it has more resonance for me now!

SusanInTiburon Omigosh! What an alluring subject to study! What else will you be reading? Gaudy Night is my fave mystery of all time -- if I had to choose just one. 5y
HardcoverHearts @SusanInTiburon Tomorrow is The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crisp. It's a fun, romp, kind of a mad capped dash around Oxford with a lot of the dialog reminiscent of Wodehouse. 5y
SusanInTiburon @HardcoverHearts I have a copy of The Moving Toyshop but I haven't read it yet. 5y
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HardcoverHearts
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Making my way through my Oxford syllabus for my week studying literature in a class called Oxford Murder. I have 2 more books to go after this one. It's hard to believe that I will be there in little over a month! This one feels the most Oxford of them all. I do love being introduced to Dorothy Sayers' work through this class. Her Harriet Vane character is pretty wonderful- a smart, independent older mystery writer. Super fun.

batsy I love this book. So clever and erudite. I thought the 1987 adaptation was very good, too. It should be available on YouTube ☺️ 5y
HardcoverHearts @batsy - whaaaa? An adaptation?! I had no idea that existed. Now I can't wait to finish and then scour YouTube to find it. Thank you. 5y
batsy @HardcoverHearts You're welcome! Enjoy 5y
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EloisaJames I love this book! Especially the descriptions of the river. I haven't read it in years but those come back immediately. 5y
HardcoverHearts @EloisaJames, @batsy - You were both so right. I don't think I have ever read anything like it before. Of all the books I have read of the syllabus in preparation for my week at Oxford, this one will stay with me. And I am beside myself with excitement to be staying in the dorms of Christ Church. I feel like I know the place from this book. Amazing. 5y
batsy @HardcoverHearts Oh, that's so exciting 💕 Hope you enjoy the experience! 5y
EloisaJames @HardcoverHearts I lived in grad dorms at Christ Church the first year of my MPhil -- it's so much fun going in to dinner! 5y
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Leniverse
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@DuckOfDoom I meant to share this passage with you a while ago, and today I was randomly reminded of it.
"How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks..."
How is that for #DuckQuotes ?

DuckOfDoom Great quote! 😊 5y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Pickpick

Well this was a delightful and unexpected novel dedicated mostly to Harriet Vane, not Peter Wimsey and focused only about half the time on the mystery--a prankster at a women's college whose stunts are getting more serious and violent. The other half is spent on what I might call an intellectual romance between Harriet and Peter, mostly Harriet investigating what marriage in the 30s meant for an intellectual independent working woman. #Audiobooks

EloisaJames I read this book the first time at 14 and was completely flummoxed by the proposal-in-Latin but loved the feverish feeling of Oxford. I got a degree there years later definitely due in part to this book. 5y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @EloisaJames Yeah, that part confused me too! Had to google it. So cool the book influenced where you got your degree!! 5y
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Leniverse
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I know that Harriet Vane is basically Sayers' alter ego and Peter Whimsey is Sayers' imaginary ideal boyfriend. And he is really infuriatingly perfect and upperclass. And I love it. This book has more literary quotes and obscure references (incl. music) than an Eng. Lit. text book. Not to mention all the weird Oxford traditions. And I love it. Even on a 2nd reading, knowing the (re)solution. I've laughed, googled, swooned. Placet. Placet placet!

Leniverse This blog is invaluable in working through the literary quotes, Latin or otherwise: http://planetpeschel.com/the-wimsey-annotations/gaudy-night/ 5y
Moray_Reads Ooh, great link, thanks! 5y
Leniverse @Moray_Reads There really should be an annotated edition of Gaudy Night. Instead I have an edition which contains the occasional typo and a lot of erroneous punctuation. Sayers would be appalled. Though I suppose she wouldn't approve of annotations either. One should of course know one's Greeks and Romans, and one's English poets and essayists by heart. 😏 5y
Moray_Reads @Leniverse unfortunately one doesn't 😂 5y
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