Gaudy Night is a tale of intrigue within an intellectual setting. The crime is not actually a physical wrong committed against any number of people, but is more of an intellectual crime committed against an educational institutition.
The protagonist, Harriet Vane is asked to return to her alma mater Oxbridge, to solve the mystery of who might be doing the mechevious acts against certain Dons within the school. Vane herself has just recently been acquitted of murder against her old boyfriend who had been found dead of poisoning. Vane calls in her good friend Peter Wimsey to help her solve the mystery of the university.
Wimsey is a world-renown sleuth who has political connections all over the continent. Through his many investigative tactics Wimsey is able to prove that the crime is against the intellectual women of the school and also against their integrity as scholastic members of society. The antagonist, due to the fact that her husband lost his tenure because of one of the Don's reports, has become bitter and evengeful.
The plot of Gaudy Night is a highly sophisticated plot and is definately not for the reader who is looking for a easy and light-hearted read.
This report prepared by Christina Forsyth
In Gaudy Night, the mystery takes a backseat to the characters. Normally, that'd be a disaster, but Sayers writes so well she can pull it off - and pull it off masterfully.
Harriet Vane returns to her Oxford alma mater, only to become involved in a poison pen mystery that threatens to do serious harm to her college.
This report prepared by Ivy