After her acquittal on a murder charge, Harriet embarks on a walking tour of the West Country while working on her new novel. She spots a man lying on a rocky outcropping and tries to warn him that the tide will soon cut him off from the land. Approaching him, she finds his throat has been cut. She cooly collects evidence from the corpse before it is swept out to sea and walks to the nearest village to report the death. She shrewdly also calls the newspaper in order to cash in on the publicity of her discovery. Wimsey and Bunter volunteer their services to help her in her investigation. The dead man turns out to be a gigolo who worked as a professional dancer in aa local seaside resort and was engaged to a wealthy middle-aged widow who is convinced the death is murder and not homicide as the police believe. Written by
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It is stated that Harriet Vane discovers the body on Wednesday, 16th October. Specifying the day of the week means that the action must take place in either 1929 or possibly 1935. However since action in Strong Poison takes place in May to July 1929 (based on a murder that took place in February 1929) and action here follows that within a short time, it must be October 1929. See more
The small amount of whiskey that the reporter pours in Bright's glass does not match the amount that he drinks. See more
I'm sorry, I know I'm being horribly ungrateful...
Lord Peter Wimsey
Oh, *hell*! Am I never to hear the end of that hateful adjective? I keep telling you, I don't want gratitude! I don't want kindness, I don't want sentimentality! I just want common honesty.
But that's all I ever wanted! I don't think it's to be had.
Lord Peter Wimsey
Harriet, I do understand. I know you don't ever want to have to depend on another person for your happiness ever again.
That's true. That's the truest thing you've ever said.