Harriet Vane mystery. Good Sayers book, as usual.
Classic British mystery with Harriet Vane on the case. Plot twists that keeps you guessing.
The mystery writer Harriet Vane, recovering from an unhappy love affair and its aftermath, seeks solace on a barren beach - deserted bur for the body of a bearded young man with his throat cut. From the moment she photographs the corpse, which soon disappears with the tide, she is puzzled by a mystery that might have been suicide, murder, or a political plot. With the appearance of her dear friend Lord Peter Wimsey, she finds a reason for detective pursuit - as only the two of them can pursue it.
a dead man on the shore that washes into the ocean starts a pursuit for justice... a photograph is the only clue...
Enjoyable if you love Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane (and I do!), but I think there's a reason this is one of Sayers's more forgettable volumes. The language is particularly dated -- I don't think I've ever read the word "wop" so many times in my life, used over and over again in dialogue as a casually derogatory reference to the [deceased] title character, and while I'm sure it was a perfectly natural usage in its time and context, it's still jarring.