Clouds of Witness

Clouds of Witness 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 sl

  • Title: Clouds of Witness
  • Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • ISBN: 9780061043536
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 bRustic 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 Egypta grieving fiancee with suitcase in handd a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.

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    1. Published in 1926, this is a terrific murder mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. At a hunting house party, Denis Cathcart is discovered dead – shot through the chest and apparently dragged from some bushes some distance away to a spot near the conservatory door. Lord Wimsey (Gerald, or Jerry) left the house late at night and trips over the body on his way back to the house around 3:00 a.m. His sister, Lady Mary, also sees him and claims in the inquest that she heard a shot fired around 3:00 a.m. The [...]

    2. dashing peter wimsey dashes into some more dashing adventures. he's one of literature's greatest detectives. but just as enjoyable is his faithful manservant bunter. peter runs around figuring things out with his clever, clever mind but it is bunter who often gets his hands dirty with rather agreeable tasks like chatting up all the maidservants and various other domestics. tasks he clearly relishes but approaches with suave professionalism. various witnesses never fail to succumb to bunter's cha [...]

    3. This delightful mystery is the second featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. When his brother, the Duke of Denver, is accused of murder then it is Lord Peter’s job to clear his name. The Duke is found standing over the body of his sister’s fiancé, who he has recently argued with about claims that the victim, Captain Denis Cathcart, was a card sharp. However, when questioned, he refuses to give a reasonable account of why he was wandering around outside, in the middle of the night. Why is he being so [...]

    4. Amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey's family is neck-deep in the soupe murder soup! (Most delicious!) The police aren't much help, so with the help of his friend, Chief Inspector Detective Guy Man And Other Words Charles Parker, Wimsey attempts to solve a devilishly difficult case involving his brother, sister and sundry others related and not.This is all very hoity–toity, upper English society stuff where a spot of murder is nothing next to the accusation of cheating at cards. Bunch of silly ass [...]

    5. Where I got the book: purchased on Kindle. A re-read.One thing I always appreciate about the Wimsey stories is that each book has a distinct character. In Clouds of Witness the pace is fast and frenetic, with a wildly confusing murder mystery at the center, and yet Sayers does more to develop her characters here than in some of the other books. The mystery itself almost takes second place to the doings of Wimsey's family, placing Wimsey himself very firmly in a distinct social setting, his home [...]

    6. Dorothy Sayers works seem to me to be perfect for anyone who enjoys the writing of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse. Sayers imparts an acerbic edge that keeps things from getting too twee. She manages to make sharp observations on both the gentry and the socialists, sometimes at the same time. I’ve recently been cataloguing the works of H.G. Wells, who wrote a lot about socialism in the early 20th century, and I find Sayers’ insights on the complicated societal changes of this time period [...]

    7. This is the best Sayers I have read to date!I found the beginning a little tiresome, but as soon as Lord Peter started his investigation my interest was engaged.Sayers writes with a dry wit that had me chuckling out loud in places, and reflecting on the social changes that have taken place in less than one hundred years. If anyone said "I wouldn't suggest such a thing to a woman, my lord. It goes to their heads, if I may say so." in these times, they would no doubt find themselves in court on ha [...]

    8. Clouds of Witness is wonderful. I was in the mood for a lovely mystery. This one seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I've decided to read these in order they appear on . I liked Lord Peter Wimsey in Whose Body? and I loved him here. Not much has changed in this book. His quirks work so well in his world. In Clouds of Witness he is trying to save his brother (the Duke) who has been accused of murder. From their estate to Paris and back, from England to somewhere very far away, through the dangers o [...]

    9. Sayers may be the perfect mystery writer for me - she combines the plotting of Christie with the wit of Heyer & I get the wonderful Golden Age setting from all of them!Everything is improved (other than Bunter, he was already wonderful!) fromLord Peter while still insouciant is no longer Bertie Wooster playing at detectives. His is a well rounded character who lives a life filled with varied interests as well as his work as an amateur sleuth.So many witty quotations - I've added a couple to [...]

    10. The plot is absurdly complicated, amusingly so. There are no end of intrigues in the country house where the murder takes place.But that's not the joy of reading a Sayers' novel: the pleasure is all in the humor. Wimsey acting a fool, Bunter's magical ability to produce anything needed, Mary's good heart, and the Dowager's formidable control of everything. It's Downton Abbey written by Oscar Wilde.Personal copy

    11. Jolly confounded story, old bean, what?Oh My, but was this book tedious, melodramatic and disappointing, not a patch on a pleasantly entertaining Book #1. If it wasn't for Ian Carmichael's excellent reading, I probably would not have finished at all. The concept of the the crime (view spoiler)[ that it wasn't a crime at all, but suicide (hide spoiler)] was interesting, but it was very badly done. It might have worked as a short novella, but was just too thin for a complete novel.All the red herr [...]

    12. I've been a Dorothy L Sayers fan ever since I borrowed Strong Poison from the school library when I was about fifteen. Sayers was a woman ahead of her time and not a typical writer of crime fiction. In 1912 she won a scholarship to Oxford University, achieving first class honours in French in 1915. Women could not be awarded degrees at that time, but Sayers was in the first group of women to be finally awarded their degree in 1920. She was a published poet and had worked in a publishing house, a [...]

    13. Featuring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey, Peter Jones as Bunter, and Gabriel Woolf as Inspector ParkerThis is the second of the Lord Peter radioplays, at least going chronologically by the order of the books. It’s longer than Whose Body? and a bit more personal: Lord Peter has to defend his own brother, the Duke of Denver, against a charge of murder. As usual with the Wimsey radioplays, the cast is excellent, and the parts chosen directly from the novels for dramatisation are great. I thi [...]

    14. "Clouds of Witness" was a very delightful book! In both the mystery and the characters, I thought Sayers came through brilliantly!Lord Peter Wimsey (the main character and detective) is truly a humorous, clever, thoughtful, and lovable character! He breezes through life, always seeing the amusement and humor in situations, but doesn't lack the ability to understand people and events for the gravity they may hold. Wimsey himself was a delightful enough character to hold my interest through the bo [...]

    15. 4.0+ stars. I quite enjoyed my first Sayers mystery, and am delighted to have begun what I assume will be a long and pleasant acquaintance with Lord Peter Wimsey. Hard to describe his mixture of intelligence and thoughtfulness, compassion, humor but served up with a good share of the silly, foppishness of young men of the era who have little to do but spend the fortunes and honor to which they were born as aristocratic Englishmen. Yet, as one character so wisely remarks, Lord Peter doesn't just [...]

    16. This isn't my favorite of the Lord Peter novels – but as I'm sure I've said somewhere, that's like being my least favorite chocolate or my least favorite Beatle. And this does have some of my favorite Peter-Bunter scenes, and gave me the name for one of my blogs (Bompstable Cat, for the record).This isn’t so much a review as gathered musings on a book, a cast of characters, and an author near and dear to my heart.Peter is thirty-three in this book. At the very beginning it mentions "he had f [...]

    17. I just love Lord Peter. Very frivolous, but totally serious about his crime-solving! In a way, he's like Columbo. (Not fashion, obviously.) He is underestimated by his adversary because of the front he puts to the world, but when you come right down to it, they're doomed. In this story, we learn more about Lord Peter and his family when a murder comes to the heart of his aristocratic family. Very fun what with adultery, card sharps, elopements and Soviets!

    18. As usual, Sayers manages a convoluted plot, the characters we love, and some bits of pure fun. Peter’s mother is catching my interest this time — if you focus on it, you can follow through exactly why each of her remarks leads on to the next. Of course, if you’re missing a reference in the chain, you’re doomed, but I’m having fun trying to follow it all through. Sometimes it helps to google things and find people wondering about the same bits, too…Considering how close to Peter the s [...]

    19. A man was shot dead, and all of the clues point to none other than Lord Peter Wimsey's bother who also happened to have a good motive for the murder. Lord Peter Wimsey is determined to find a real killer and to clear his brother's name. I hope I will not give a big spoiler when I say that he eventually succeeds in this.This is the second book of Lord Peter Wimsey investigations. It was disappointing for me. For starters, the characters were somewhat wooden with none of the charm and oddities of [...]

    20. Well, the Lord Peter novels certainly improve the older they get. This one, the second mystery that Sayers wrote, is mostly okay. Not bad, not great, just okay. It has some good points, like more of the frankly marvelous Wimsey/Bunter dynamic (seriously, I love these two. Not since Holmes and Watson has literature known such a true bromance), plus it ends with a scene where Lord Peter is drunk as a skunk for no apparent reason. But the mystery itself isn't terribly compelling (which, considering [...]

    21. Десь раз на рік я здійснюю спробу зрозуміти, what's all the fuss about Lord Peter Wimsey, й слухаю аудіокнижку якогось із романів серії. Оскільки зазвичай я встигаю забути все, то часто це той же роман - а потім дивуюся, чому результати послідовно незадовільні (зазвичай це Whose Body?, відгук тут). За [...]

    22. 3.5 stars Not the best in the series but not bad. In this installment of Lord Peter Wimsey’s detective series, Peter’s older brother, the Duke of Denver, is accused of murder. The Duke is strangely silent about his alibi although he insists that he is innocent. It’s up to Peter to get his brother out of the murder charges. Along the way, Peter uncovers piles of confusing evidence, most of which complicate the case and some of which he never wanted to know. So much has been going on under t [...]

    23. This is the only book where I feel a little bad for Helen.My favorite moment is probably when Peter goes to visit Denver in jail and they look at each other, each seeing his own features in the other's face, each unable to figure out why his brother thinks the way he thinks.It's that family angle that saves this book, because the mystery is, frankly, a letdown.

    24. This is the second book in the Peter Wimsey series and is simply delightful. His brother, the Duke of Denver, is arrested at a family's "shooting box", Riddlesdale Lodge. The murdered man is the fiancée of his sister, Mary. This novel really gives you a look at Peter and his family. There is not enough of the Dowager Duchess but it's fun getting to know his siblings. Bunter is someone I want in my life. He runs Peter's bath water, brings him breakfast in bed and pulls him out of quicksand. Pete [...]

    25. “Beliefs don’t matter. It’s what you know about people.”Readers who like 1926 tongue-in-cheek detective stories of manners and fans of Downton Abbey, will find this just their cup of tea. Others, not so much. The reader is assumed to be literate in French, which I'm not. I muddled through. “Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an adult old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.” Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver, is accused of murder. Suddenly Peter's [...]

    26. I think I liked Clouds of Witness more on a reread than I did the first time round. I now have a better mental image of Peter & co after all, and I only comprehensively fell in love with the character when he fell in love with Harriet Vane. It helps that I can picture him as portrayed by both Ian Carmichael and Edward Petherbridge (leaning toward the Petherbridge, though my mother disapproves of my love for the newfangled late eighties Lord Peter), too. I'm not a visual person at all, and it [...]

    27. The second Peter Wimsey novel, in which our hero helps defend his brother against a murder charge."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 Lor [...]

    28. I SO needed this book. I've read every Lord Peter Wimsey book and story written by Dorothy L Sayers, so this was a reread for me. But after spending eight grueling days on Tristram Shandy, I really needed a comfort read. I can always count on a Sayers mystery for that. Clouds of Witness is her second novel featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. And this time, it's not just a matter of him indulging his detective hobby--the family honor and his brother's life is at stake.Lord Peter's brother--Gerald, Duke [...]

    29. This is the second novel featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. This time murder comes unpleasantly close to home when Lord Peter's brother - the Duke of Denver - is accused of the murder of his sister's fiancé. Riddlesdale Lodge is the scene for the death of Captain Cathcart and no one seems to be telling the truth about what they were doing at the time of the man's death. Lord Peter begins to think that his brother will go to the gallows rather than reveal what he was doing at the time.The investigatio [...]

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