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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Dorothy Sayers' Early Work
In some respects Dorothy Sayers is a problematic author, and early in her career she struggled with what can only be called a tendency toward incessant clutter: a wordy style, an often awkwardly expressed fascination with the mechanics of timetables, and constant reference to erudite academia that frequently verged on the downright obscure. But with CLOUDS OF WITNESS she...
Published on 14 Aug 2003 by Gary F. Taylor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not one of Dorothy L. Sayers' best works.
As always, Dorothy L. Sayers provides an excellent story. At times, it seems a little melodramatic, and Lady Mary Wimsey's behaviour is very irritating, but we see the beginning of the Parker/Lady Mary storyline, there are developments in the depiction of Lord Peter's character, and Bunter is, as always, on good form!
As with all Dorothy L. Sayers' books, read today...
Published on 29 Mar 2001


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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery this is England, 1 July 2013
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Clouds of Witness (Paperback)
Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter that can now be found on DVD ASIN: B000062XDX. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.
Lord Peter returns from Corsica. To find his older brother the Duke of Denver practically accused of murder. What is worse is his brother is not talking. So it is up to Peter to find out what happened and clear his brother.
In the process he puts his foot in it and practically gets all his relatives and friends accused. As with all Sayers' stories nothing is simple there are overlapping plots and foolish deeds, as if Peter can not figure them out. On the side we learn a little about English society and ballistics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery this is England, 8 May 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Clouds of Witness (Hardcover)
Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter that can now be found on DVD. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.

Lord Peter returns from Corsica. To find his older brother the Duke of Denver practically accused of murder. What is worse is his brother is not talking. So it is up to Peter to find out what happened and clear his brother.

In the process he puts his foot in it and practically gets all his relatives and friends accused. As with all Sayers' stories nothing is simple there are overlapping plots and foolish deeds, as if Peter can not figure them out. On the side we learn a little about English society and ballistics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery this is England, 1 Jan 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter that can now be found on DVD. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.
Lord Peter returns from Corsica. To find his older brother the Duke of Denver practically accused of murder. What is worse is his brother is not talking. So it is up to Peter to find out what happened and clear his brother.
In the process he puts his foot in it and practically gets all his relatives and friends accused. As with all Sayers' stories nothing is simple there are overlapping plots and foolish deeds, as if Peter can not figure them out. On the side we learn a little about English society and ballistics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery this is England, 21 Oct 2002
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter that can now be found on DVD. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.
Lord Peter returns from Corsica. To find his older brother the Duke of Denver practically accused of murder. What is worse is his brother is not talking. So it is up to Peter to find out what happened and clear his brother.
In the process he puts his foot in it and practically gets all his relatives and friends accused. As with all Sayers' stories nothing is simple there are overlapping plots and foolish deeds, as if Peter can not figure them out. On the side we learn a little about English society and ballistics.
This particular media is the cassette edition with Ian Carmichael. There is a version with Petherbridge but it is abbreviated and you need to hear every word to make the magic of the mystery work. Ian does speak rather fast and once in a while you get the detective mixed up with Peter. So I suggest you also read the book. However the tape has the advantage of inflection and is also desirable for the morning commute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Whimsy's, 21 Oct 2006
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This review is from: Clouds of Witness (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
I know other people haven't rated this as highly as some of Sayer's other books, but it's always been one of my favourites because of the family setting and the unusually high level of emotion - albeit repressed suitably!

Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver, is arrested for the murder of his sister's fiance and Peter has to not just find the real culprit, but also negotiate his way through his sibling's private lives to find out why Gerald won't offer any alibi and Mary is covering up what she knows. Yes, this is full of all kind of impossible coincidences, but frankly do we read Sayers for reality? And anyway, how 'real' are most thrillers and to what extent does that spoil our enjoyments of them? At least with Sayers you get intelligent witty writing, great characters and a strong sense of period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2014
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Wonderful dramatization dvd, Ian Carmichael was the best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Clouds of Witness, 25 Mar 2006
This review is from: Clouds of Witness (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) (Paperback)
The 2nd Peter Wimsey mystery. This does have interesting characters but I found the murder mystery to be thin and not very compelling. Disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery this is England, 13 Nov 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter that can now be found on DVD ASIN: B000062XDX. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.

Lord Peter returns from Corsica. To find his older brother the Duke of Denver practically accused of murder. What is worse is his brother is not talking. So it is up to Peter to find out what happened and clear his brother.

In the process he puts his foot in it and practically gets all his relatives and friends accused. As with all Sayers' stories nothing is simple there are overlapping plots and foolish deeds, as if Peter can not figure them out. On the side we learn a little about English society and ballistics.

This particular media is the cassette edition with Ian Carmichael. There is a version with Petherbridge but it is abbreviated and you need to hear every word to make the magic of the mystery work. Ian does speak rather fast and once in a while you get the detective mixed up with Peter. So I suggest you also read the book. However the tape has the advantage of inflection and is also desirable for the morning commute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars an old friend, 8 Mar 2013
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I have read all of Dorothy L Sayers books and love them all. This one I have read several times and wanted it on my Kindle as an old friend - always there for when I need it.
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