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Clouds of Witness (1926)

by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Series: Lord Peter Wimsey (2)

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Lord Peter Wimsey's future brother-in-law is murdered during a family retreat at Riddlesdale Lodge. His brother Gerald Wimsey, the Duke of Denver, is charged with the crime. Lord Wimsey joins the investigation, uncovering a mysterious letter from Egypt, a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand, and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.… (more)
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3.5 stars. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
Lots of classic stuff here: a house full of suspects, the English moors, conflicting stories, bangs in the night, heaps of melodrama, and clues left in bushes and deciphered from blotting paper. And of course, I love a mystery book that includes a floorplan! ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
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  18cran | May 19, 2021 |
Clouds Of Witness (1927) (Wimsey #2) by Dorothy L. Sayers. The Duke of Denver has been caught up as the chief suspect in the murder of his sister’s soon to be husband. The Duke happens to be Lord Peter’s brother so Wimsey hurries home from the Continent to assist in the investigation. It at first appears that the Duke must be guilty as he has been accused of the crime by his own sister. The scene was 3 A.M. and the body was outside the conservatory. The Duke was kneeling over the man when Lady Mary came across them and stated that the Duke had killed her soon to be husband.
You know that isn’t the whole tale. Slowly the stories of the other house guests come out, contradictions about the time of the shot being heard rise up, and even far a right-wing political agitators enters the scene. There is a mysterious motorcyclist roaming the countryside and a very nasty farmer and his too beautiful wife who become part of the problem.
Whimsy and Parker turn over the information as it comes to them and try to decide what is true testimony and what is just smoke.
A nice little country estate novel that is fascinating and well thought. As usual, Ms. Sayers plays fair with the reader. You might guess the whys and wherefores along the way, but this is a delight to read. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Apr 3, 2021 |
Much better than Sayers' previous and first detective novel, "Whose Body". Her cleverness with different means of narrative, for example the many transcript-like depictions of inquests and trials, is evident. In humour, Sayers far outdid her two "rivals", Marsh and Christie. Whimsey is less irritating than previously, although his doggerel at the end of the trial is still pretty tough to get through.

Ian Carmichael's narration was excellent. I would enjoy the novel less without the Yorkshire accents. ( )
1 vote themulhern | Feb 14, 2021 |
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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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Lord Peter Wimsey stretched himself luxuriously between the sheets provided by the Hotel Meurice.
[Afterword] The year 1920 is the generally accepted dawn of the Golden Age of detective fiction.
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The inimitable stories of Tong-king never have an real ending, and this one, being in his most elevated style, has even less end than most of them. But the whole narrative permeated with the odour of joss-sticks and honourable high-mindedness, and the two characters are both of noble birth. -- The Wallet of Kai-lung
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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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Lord Peter Wimsey's future brother-in-law is murdered during a family retreat at Riddlesdale Lodge. His brother Gerald Wimsey, the Duke of Denver, is charged with the crime. Lord Wimsey joins the investigation, uncovering a mysterious letter from Egypt, a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand, and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.

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When blood stains his family name, Lord Peter fights to save what he holds most dear

After three months in Corsica, Lord Peter Wimsey has begun to forget that the gray, dangerous moors of England ever existed. But traveling through Paris, he receives a shock that jolts him back to reality. He sees it in the headlines splashed across every English paper-his brother Gerald has been arrested for murder.

The trouble began at the family estate in Yorkshire, where Gerald was hunting with the man soon to be his brother-in-law, Captain Denis Cathcart. One night, Gerald confronts Cathcart with allegations about his unsavory past, leading the captain to call off the wedding. Just a few hours later, Cathcart is dead, with Gerald presumed to be the only one who could have fired the fatal shot. The clock is ticking, and only England's premier sleuth can get to the bottom of this murky mystery.
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