Sayers, the heroine, Harriet Vane, wonders whether mystery novels can ever rise to the level of literature. Human beings were not like that. Writers like Tana French , Laura Lippman, Megan Abbott, and Celeste Ng have won both popular and critical praise with stories about the damage that the world inflicts on women, and, sometimes, about the damage that damaged women do. But Harriet Vane is an earlier, often overlooked member of the same lineage.
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Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back. At first she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled, as she encounters obscene graffiti, poison pen letters and a disgusting effigy when she arrives at sedate Shrewsbury College for the 'Gaudy' celebrations. But soon, Harriet realises that she is not the only target of this murderous malice - and asks Lord Peter Wimsey to help.
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Gaudy Night is a mystery novel by Dorothy L. The dons of Harriet Vane's alma mater , the all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford based on Sayers' own Somerville College , have invited her back to attend the annual Gaudy celebrations. However, the mood turns sour when someone begins a series of malicious acts including poison-pen messages , obscene graffiti and wanton vandalism. Harriet asks her old friend Wimsey to investigate. Harriet Vane returns with trepidation to her alma mater , Shrewsbury College, Oxford to attend the Gaudy dinner. Expecting hostility because of her notoriety she had stood trial for murder in an earlier novel, Strong Poison , she is surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life.