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Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers

Clouds of Witness (1926)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Series: Lord Peter Wimsey (2)

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Lord Peter Wimsey makes detecting a bit of a hobby. This hobby turns serious, however, when his brother, the Duke of Denver, is on trial for murder -- the murder of their sister's fiancé. Peter is determined to clear the family name, but for some reason the Duke is stubbornly refusing to cooperate. How could Peter's detecting be more embarrassing than the Duke's potentially hanging?

Wimsey is a delightful character. I especially enjoy his relationship with Parker and how they work together to solve the murder. Every time I read a Wimsey book, I wonder why it takes me so long to have got to it. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 28, 2019 |
CLOUDS OF WITNESS is probably my favorite Wimsey mystery??? It is QUITE a tangle of intrigues and plots that may or may not have to do with the murder. Wimsey's older brother and sister, fiance to the deceased, are some of the key suspects, so we get a lot of Peter's family life here. Cool mystery, character driven, often funny, family drama, Peter falls spectacularly into a bog, what's not to like? REC: READ ( )
  epaulettes | Jan 3, 2019 |
The second in Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series. He's still clever, yet Woosterish at times, and he comes to the wrong conclusion more than once before hitting on the solution. To begin, Lord Peter's future brother-in-law is found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest on the family premises; Peter's brother, the Duke, is suspected and arrested, but will say nothing in his own defense. Their sister, the dead man's fiance, begins acting very strangely, shuts herself in her room, and refuses all attentions. There is evidence at the scene that another person, identity unknown, was present on the night in question. Theoretically, this being a Golden Age mystery and Sayers being very particular about the fairness doctrine, the reader should be able to pick up all the necessary clues to solve the case. I quibble. When Lord Peter takes off for Paris, and then for America, to follow up his brainstorm (which is NOT totally shared with the reader), I could certainly see how he came to his deduction, but I could not make the deduction myself. Maybe I just need more practice. I enjoyed this one very much up to a point, and then I got a bit impatient for the reveal. I think there was one too many red herrings in the pot. ( )
1 vote laytonwoman3rd | May 13, 2018 |
A pre-WWII British cozy mystery that started out much better than it ended. The banter between amateur sleuth Peter Wimsey and pretty much everyone from his Scotland Yard friend Parker to his gentleman's gentleman Bunter was a hoot. And the mystery itself, with its convoluted mess of coincidences and witnesses practically tripping over each other, was pure comic drama. But then there was the long-winded info-dump of a solution that brought in characters and situations barely hinted at earlier in the book. What?! The first in this series, Whose Body?, had me expecting another tongue-in-cheek parody of a Sherlock Holmes-level mystery but that's not what I got. I'm hoping the next will be better. ( )
1 vote wandaly | Feb 28, 2017 |
I continue to stumble my way through Golden Age mysteries in an attempt to understand what so many other readers enjoy in them. So far, my only real success has been with Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley, but I am determined to emerge triumphant with Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey. I have to admit that it's been a bit of a hard slog. Perhaps I should just jump ahead to the book in which Harriet Vane makes her appearance?

The largest part of Lord Peter's investigation in Clouds of Witness seemed to be crawling around on the floor staring at the carpet, and I was about ready to admit defeat when Wimsey's sister finally decided to tell the truth. Then the mystery really began to get somewhere.

I am glad that I soldiered on to the end because I do see glimmers of what this series will be in snippets of conversation between characters, and that "lost in the fog in the bog" scene is marvelous. I do enjoy historical mysteries, but I am most definitely a 21st-century reader, so I do sometimes doubt the wisdom behind my dabbling into these fabled waters... but it is for the very reason that these mysteries are fabled that I can't leave them alone! ( )
  cathyskye | Jan 30, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sayers, Dorothy L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barcilon, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bleck, CathieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michal, MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Please distinguish between this mystery novel, Cloud Of Witnesses by Dorothy L. Sayers (1926), and the similarly-titled anthology of essays, Cloud Of Witnesses edited by Jim Wallis and Joyce Hollyday (1991; rev'd 2005). Thank you.
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Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat filled with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt -- until the game turned up human and quite dead. He lay among the chrysanthemums, wore slippers and a dinner jacket and was Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimsey's own brother, and if murder set all in the family wasn't enough to boggle the unflappable Lord Wimsey, perhaps a few twists of fate would be -- a mysterious vanishing midnight letter from Egypt...a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand...and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.

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Lord Peter is on vacation when he hears that a dead body has been found at the Wimsey family retreat, and that Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver, is being held for the crime. The dead man? Their sister's fiance.? Lord Peter must clear his brother's name to avoid the death penalty. There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence against the Duke, but Lord Peter firmly believes that his brother is innocent and begins his own investigation into the murder. Can Lord Peter find the truth in time to save his brother and the family name?… (more)

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