This is the first of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books that I've read. Although Peter is the series' main character, it takes him a while to appear in this book - the main character is Harriet Vane, a friend of his who has been involved in some of his previous cases, who is called back to her (fictional) old Oxford college, Shrewsbury, to investigate a series of unusual occurrences, including anonymous letters sent to residents of the college and other unsavoury happenings.
I enjoyed the mystery itself; it was unusual (in not being a murder mystery, or a straightforward crime), and I definitely didn't see the ending coming - looking back, there were some clues, so it might have been possible to have had a guess at the culprit, but I obviously wasn't paying enough attention.
I also liked the characters a lot and the development of Harriet's and Peter's relationship was really well done - although this book does rely on some backstory in the previous no…
Summary (from Goodreads): In this sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns to the "Aunt Hill" after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly, she is surrounded by male admirers, all expecting her to marry them. But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman. Besides, she suspects that some of her friends like her more for her money than for herself.
I read this for the 14th Classics Club Spin. It was my third time participating, and the first that I actually completed my book on time. I'd been meaning to read this for quite some time - since I read Eight Cousins in fact, which was more than three years ago! Because of this I found the beginning part of the book a little confusing as it took me a while to remember who everyone was and so on. But that was more a fault of mine than of the book, and once I got going, I really enjoyed this, more so than Eight Cousins.
I thought it was a sweet story. The main…
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre. I've decided go for classics, so I'm listing ten older books that have been mostly forgotten or that I think should be better known: A Cathedral Courtshipby Kate Douglas Wiggin
A sweet romantic tale combined with a tour of English cathedrals The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge
A tragic Victorian bestseller White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
A story about family, friendship, and ice skating The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Six children determine to restore their family's fortunes - but things don't really go according to plan Seven Sisters at Queen Anne's by Evelyn Smith
Seven sisters go off to school for the first time, Half Magic by Edward Eager
A magic coin that only grants half of what you wish for - what could possibly go wrong? Jane of Lantern Hillby L.M. Montgomery
I've reviewed this recently here. Young Bess by Margar…