Sometimes a book takes me by surprise. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers certainly did. I thought I was going to get some light crime fiction entertainment and found myself immersed in thoughts about women and academia instead. The book was first published in 1935 as one of the ‚Lord Peter Wimsey‘ novels. Yes, Lord Peter features as well, but the most interesting character is the writer/hobby sleuth Harriet Vane and her emotional struggles.