Clouds of Witness

Clouds of Witness

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
When his future brother-in-law is murdered during a country retreat, Lord Peter Wimsey is shocked when his brother is accused and seeks the truth in a letter from Egypt, a suitcase-bearing fiance+a7e, and a second murder attempt. Reissue.

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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperPaperbacks, 1995, c1927.
ISBN: 9780061043536
0061043532
9780062315540
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 18 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

A Duke’s great house on the edge of the English moors, many overnight visitors, an argument, a shot rings out, a body found by the front door, the Duke arrested for murder. It’s not Sherlock Holmes, for the detective is himself a British Lord, not to mention being the Duke’s brother. The deceased is the fiancé of their sister, Mary. There are suspects all over the place but the detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, can’t seem to stop talking and annoying everyone in sight. As a mystery, it’s not terrible difficult; but the interactions of the stuffy upper crust with the “ordinary” sorts are quite funny. There are many wry observations about the British class system and about what happens when rich folk want to play at being communist radicals.

The language is very, very British with some slang and references that I found completely impenetrable but which I assume readers of the 1920’s would have caught easily.

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diannehildebrand
Jan 02, 2018

Love these Dorothy L. Sayers whodunits about the detective Lord Peter Whimsey. I'm obviously reading them out of order, so this is one of the earlier ones, without Harriet Vane, but it's really good anyway. The odd thing is, in this book, she has Lord Peter Whimsey and some other nobs dropping all their g's - livin' singin' happenin' - very weird. Would this have been the way the upper class talked in the 1900s? In the later one I read - Busman's Honeymoon - he doesn't speak like this at all. An odd change.

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