Why did I love this book?
This is not the first book in which Lord Peter appears, but it is the first of the books that include Harriet Vane, with whom he falls hopelessly in seemingly unrequited love when he saves her from the noose. Written in 1930, Lord Peter is an actual gentleman with all the deceptively shallow mannerisms and slang of a young Bertie Wooster about him, but he of course is covering up his blinding intelligence and his very vulnerable heart. Besides collecting rare books, playing faultless Bach on the piano ,and struggling with bouts of shell shock from the trenches in France, his great joy is solving murders. And he has beautiful manners. When asked why she had invented Lord Peter, Dorothy L. Sayers answered, “I wanted to create the perfect man.”