Saturday, October 06, 2012

Dorothy L. Sayers is back!

Last week I received a box of books from Harper Paperbacks. I receive a lot of boxes of books every week but these were special - these weren't just any books, these were newly re-released Dorothy L. Sayers books.

The grand dame of mysteries. The spirit behind the eponymous Dorothy-L mystery fiction listserve. 

The four titles follow Lord Peter Wimsey, a proper English aristocrat and sleuth, and Harriet Vane, the astute mystery novelist whom Lord Wimsey is hell-bent on marrying. 

The good folks at Harper Paperbacks enlisted Elizabeth George to write new forwards and they will be available for purchase October 16. Plus they have beautiful new covers!

“One of the greatest mystery story writers of this century.”
Los Angeles Times

Bourbon Street Books Presents
Dorothy L. Sayers’
Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Series
With an introduction by Elizabeth George

HarperCollins Publishers is proud to reissue STRONG POISONHAVE HIS CARCASEGAUDY NIGHT, and BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON (Bourbon Street Books/Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins Publishers; October 16, 2012; Paperback; $14.99 each), four Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers, published as part of the new Bourbon Street Books line. This spell-binding series includes:

·         STRONG POISON — Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancĂ© 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.
·         HAVE HIS CARCASE — The mystery writer Harriet Vane, recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath, seeks solace on a barren beach—deserted but for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut. With the appearance of her dear friend Lord Peter Wimsey, she finds a reason for detective pursuit—as only the two of them can pursue it.

·         GAUDY NIGHT — When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the “Gaudy,” the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters—including one that says, “Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup.” Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection, and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.

·         BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON — Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. What Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case: the deceased has not a spot of blood on his smashed skull and not a pence less than six hundred pounds in his pocket.
Packaged with stunning new designs and accompanied by an introduction by contemporary mystery stalwart, Elizabeth George, these new editions are sure to captivate Sayers’ legion of fans and mystery novices alike. These four titles stand apart from Sayers’ renowned oeuvre as magna opera, and the quintessential gentleman detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, is at his finest.

About the Author

Often called the greatest detective novelist of the Golden Age, Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and later became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world’s most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.

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