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This review is from: Clouds of Witness: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 2 (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) (Paperback)
I used to read the Lord Peter Wimsey novels when I was a boy. Now, thirty plus years later I've come back to one I was unfamiliar with.
The other reviewers provide a useful synopsis of the book, so I won't bother with a repeat exercise. Suffice it to say that this one is a delight. The dialogues are quirky and at times a little melodramatic, the story unfolds in a reassuringly unformulaic manner, and Wimsey maneuvers his way through his investigation with typical eccentricity. And throughout, Sayers' observations about society are full of wit - her descriptions of the procedures within the House of Lords are just a joy.
A few of the characters could do with a little more fleshing out - Bunter is 'there', but not a particularly defined presence. One is never quite sure of the character of Wimsey's brother - but then he is off-stage for a great part of the narrative. It's hardly a fast-paced storyline, but then it seems to be written for those of us who like to chew over our literature slowly, and relish the ingredients.
A throwback to an age when language, thought and character were prized, reminding us of how much we have lost from our culture.