Students in my Women Who Sleuth class had differing opinions about Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. I am firmly in the camp that has delighted in reading about this duo.
Harriet makes her first appearance in Strong Poison, the novel in which she is accused of murdering her lover. Have His Carcase is the first mystery in which Harriet, a writer of mysteries, is the detective rather than the suspect. In this novel, Harriet discovers a dead man on the beach. Who was he? What happened to him? Will the evidence disappear with the tide? You will need to read the book, of course, to find out.
The books in the series are long but, if you enjoy classic, intelligent, mysteries, put these on your list. I look forward to rereading all of them with a shout out for Gaudy Night which takes place at Harriet’s college. It is also fun to watch the relationship between Harriet and Peter evolve.
Gaudy Night is a super e book bargain right now in the edition listed above.