Strong Poison tells the story of Harriet Vane, detective fiction writer and now accused murdress on trial for the poisoning of her lover by arsenic.
In comes Lord Peter Wimsey, attending the trial and watching the seemingly condemned Miss Vane from above. He is struck by both her beauty and her innocence of the crime in question. Whilst attempting to make a decision over the verdict, a certain jury member, Miss Climpton, makes it all very difficult and thus a re-trial is ordered
Thus the tale begins as Wimsey goes on a mad chase to find the evidence that will save Miss Vane from the hangman's noose.
For those who know Sayers, Lord Peter is a familiar character and all the great characters appear, including Parker (his loyal friend at the police station), Bunter, his ever sensible man servant and of course, Miss Climpson – the stubborn juror who has quite a connection to our gentleman sleuth.
This an excellent book, fast paced and clever - it's a great way to spend an afternoon. I recommend it to any lovers of detective fiction. Sayers was also a prolific writer, so there are lots of other stories of Lord Peter Wimsey to entertain you if this isn't enough!