Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries with Harriet Vane)

Sayers, Dorothy L.

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Synopsis: The mystery novel 'Strong Poison' of 'Dorothy Leigh Sayers' was first published in 1930; before her novel 'The unpleasantness At the Bellona Club' and after 'Five Red Herrings'. 'Strong Poison' is one of the most popular novels of 'Lord Peter Wimsey' series. Harriet Vane, a police fiction writer, is on trial for murder of her former lover, Philip Boyes, who was a novelist and essayist. Philip Boyes wrote in support of atheism, anarchy, and free love. He disapproved marriage and persuaded Harriet Vane to live a bohemian life with him without marriage. He proposed after a year, but Harriet got outraged, accused him for destroying her reputation and broke off the relationship. Later, after taking his dinner with his cousin, Philip Boyes went to her flat for reconciliation and Harriet offered him a cup of coffee before he left her flat. In that very night he fell ill and died after four days. His post-mortem examination showed that he was killed by poisoning with Arsenic. Harriet Vane is accused for his murder and all clues point at her as guilty of his murder. Lord Peter Wimsey, who helps to prove her innocence, wants to marry Harriet Vane.......... Dorothy Leigh Sayers was born on 13 June 1893 and she was the only child of her parents. Her father, Rev. Henry Sayers, was headmaster of Choir School and, chaplain and rector of the Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. Her mother, Helen Mary Leigh Sayers, was the daughter of a solicitor Frederick Leigh from Millbrook, Hampshire. Dorothy grew up in a tiny village in Huntingdonshire, where they moved after her father became rector. Later, her father moved to Christchurch in Cambridge-shire. When she was six years old, her father started teaching her Latin. From 1909 to 1912, she was educated at the Godolphin boarding school in Salisbury. In 1912, she won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford. She studied there modern languages and medieval literature. She finished with first-class honors in 1915, but at that time the women could not be awarded degrees. When the position changed, she graduated as MA in 1920 and she was one among the first women to receive a degree. After finishing her education, Sayers worked for Blackwell's and then as a teacher in several locations including in Normandy, France. She worked as a successful copywriter from 1922 to 1931 at S. H. Benson's advertising agency in London. Her collaboration with artist John Gilroy resulted in "The Mustard Club" for Colman's Mustard and the Guinness "Zoo" advertisements. On January 3, 1924, at the age of 30, Sayers secretly gave birth to a son,* who was named John Anthony. This birth was the result of her sexual affairs with Bill White. The child was cared for by her aunt and cousin, Amy and Ivy Amy Shrimpton. Sayers passed her son off as her nephew to her friends and the truth got revealed by her will after her death. Two years later, after publishing her first two detective novels, Sayers married Captain Oswald Atherton "Mac" Fleming, a Scottish journalist on April 8, 1926. His professional name was "Atherton Fleming" and her son John Anthony was given his name, Fleming. Fleming was a divorced man with two children. Sayers and Fleming lived in the flat at 24 Great James Street in Bloomsbury and Sayers lived there for the rest of her life. Fleming worked as an author and journalist and Sayers as an advertising copywriter and author. Later, Fleming's health worsened, largely due to his First World War service. He died on June 9, 1950 at Sunnyside Cottage in Essex and he was buried in Ipswich. Sayers died on 17 December 1957, at the age of 64. Her remains were cremated and her ashes were buried beneath the tower of St Anne's Church in London where she had worked as warden.

From the Publisher: Ian Carmichael is a veteran British actor. His lengthy career includes several portrayals of Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Television, as well as appearances in other TV series, stage productions, and feature films.

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Publication Date: 2012
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