Clouds of Witness

Paperback, 288 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 1995 by HarperPaperbacks.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

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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3 stars

This is the second of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, and it is not quite as good as the first one. It is quite easy to go too far into caricature with a character like Wimsey, and I think Sayers does so here. And it has a lot of the Golden Age tropes of mysterious goings on in the night with everyone keeping secrets. But at least there are plausible reasons why they are keeping secrets. Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver, is accused of murder when he is found bending over the body of Lady Mary's fiance, with whom he had quarreled earlier in the evening. The man was killed with the Duke's pistol, and all the Duke will say is that he was going for a walk (at 3am!). And why was Lady Mary up? IF you like golden Age mysteries, this will be satisfactory, and it …

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