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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Gaudy Night does indeed feature elegant writing. And I really like the portrayal of Harriet Vane here - that scene where she's quite proud to be going back to Oxford in her car resonates. I also like her sense of vulnerability about what everyone will think of her after the notoriety she's gained. Of course, there's the unforgettable Oxford setting too... Yes, I think there are some really good reasons to like this one.

    Les Blatt

    Margot, Oxford remains (at least around the university)the beautiful city that Sayers loved; it's one of my favorite stops when I visit Britain. As for Harriet, I'm sure the fact that she was one of Oxford's first female graduates and a successful mystery writer is purely coincidental with the fact that her creator was one of Oxford's first female graduates and a successful mystery writer... ;-)

    Jennifer Lowe

    Have you see that Open Road is republishing Ellery Queen in an e-format? I was lucky enough to get an ARC for the Chinese Orange Mystery through NetGalley and enjoyed it immensely. It is one of the earlier Queen mysteries and the characterization of Ellery had similarities at time with Lord Peter Wimsey, I thought.

    Les Blatt

    Jennifer, I put up a post about the Queen e-books earlier this month. I have The Chinese Orange Mystery on my Kindle, and I'll be having a review posted here in a few weeks time. I must admit I think the early EQ is more like Philo Vance than Lord Peter Wimsey, although the early Wimsey could be nearly as irritatin'... ;-)

    Elizabeth Tierney

    A beautifully written review of one of my favorite books!!

    Les Blatt

    Thank you, Elizabeth. I'm flattered that you liked my review and delighted that you enjoyed Gaudy Night - it really is a fine book.

    MaryR

    The frequent literary quotes and allusions are one of my favorite things about the Sayers books, esp. the Harriet Vane ones!

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    I lover, love, love Sayers! And your review of Gaudy Night is spot on. I definitely agree with you about the literary allusions. Those and the quotes are part of why I love Sayers so much. She's one of the few mystery writers that I can read over and over and find something new every time I pick one of her books up.

    Les Blatt

    Mary, I agree. HarperCollins has just republished all four of the Harriet Vane books. My acquisitive nature is stirring again... ;-)

    Les Blatt

    Bev, there's much to love, I think, in Sayers' writing. She savors the words and phrases, and the result frequently can take my breath away. Glad you enjoy it as well.

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