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In this classic mystery, murder strikes close to home. Lord Peter Wimsey's brother is accused of murdering the man who is about to marry their sister. The body has been found at Riddlesdale Lodge, the Wimsey family retreat. Lord Peter must solve the case and clear the family name.

"In sum, as tale spinning and as ingenious detection, it is admirable."--James Sandoe

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In this classic mystery, murder strikes close to home. Lord Peter Wimsey's brother is accused of murdering the man who is about to marry their sister. The body has been found at Riddlesdale Lodge, the Wimsey family retreat. Lord Peter must solve the case and clear the family name.

"In sum, as tale spinning and as ingenious detection, it is admirable."--James Sandoe

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Dorothy L. Sayers
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893 -1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She is also known for her plays and essays. Sayers's most notable religious book is probably The Mind of the Maker which explores at length the analogy between a human Creator (especially a writer of novels and plays) and the doctrine of The Trinity in creation. She suggests that any human creation of significance involves the Idea, the Energy (roughly: the process of writing and that actual 'incarnation' as a material object) and the Power and that this "trinity" has useful analogies with the theological Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In addition to the ingenious thinking in working out this analogy, the book contains striking examples drawn from her own experiences as a writer and elegant criticisms of writers when the balance between Idea, Energy and Power is not, in her view, adequate. She defends strongly the view that literary creatures have a nature of their own, vehemently replying to a well-wisher who wanted Lord Peter to "end up a convinced Christian". "From what I know of him, nothing is more unlikely... Peter is not the Ideal Man". Her very influential essay The Lost Tools of Learning has been used by many schools in the US as a basis for the classical education movement, reviving the medieval trivium subjects (grammar, logic and rhetoric) as tools to enable the analysis and mastery of every other subject. Sayers also wrote three volumes of commentaries about Dante, religious essays, and several plays, of which The Man Born to be King may be the best known. Her religious works did so well at presenting the orthodox Anglican position that, in 1943, the Archbishop of Canterbury offered her a Lambeth doctorate in divinity, which she declined. In 1950, however, she accepted an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Durham. Although she never describes herself as such, her economic and political ideas, rooted as they are in the classical Christian doctrines of Creation and Incarnation, are very close to the Chesterton-Belloc theory of Distributism.

Biography

Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency from 1921 to 1932. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. Dorothy L. Sayers also became famous for her religious plays, notably The Man Born to be King, which was broadcast controversially during the war years, but she considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She died in 1957.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Dorothy Leigh Sayers (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 13, 1893
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Death:
      December 17, 1957

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Yes, it's a classic--find out why!

    As a long time Dorothy L. Sayers fan, I was delighted to find Lord Peter Wimsey available on my Nook. I just wish the later ones were there, as well. Clouds of Witness is the second Lord Peter book, which introduces the reader to Peter's family, as he is put in the unenviable position of seeing either his brother or his sister convicted of murder. This book also opens the door for other important people to Peter being charged with the heinous crimes which he and his "sidekick" butler are so adept at unraveling. Sayers is first a notable academic and translator, so her diction and syntax are complex at times; thus, she teaches as well as entertains. Additionally, I've often wished I had taken French rather than Spanish when reading her books, but the Latin roots and cognates usually get me past when mere context clues fail. I cannot recommend strongly enough for the mystery lover to indulge him/herself in all of Dorothy L. Sayers' books. Please, please Nook people--work on getting Gaudy Night and the other later books out in electronic form--my paperbacks are wearing out!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    Excellent! It's impossible not to love Lord Peter.

    Sayers' 2nd of the Lord Peter Whimsy stories is a great read. This Nook edition is also easy to read (formatted well), which is an issue I've had with other classics of similar price.

    If you are a fan of mystery, this book will not disappoint!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Great Read

    This was my first introduction to Dorothy Sayers and the world of Lord Peter. I found myself looking for more by this author, and have been hooked ever since.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    A PERFECT PORTRAYAL

    Acclaimed for his portrayals of Lord Peter Wimsey on BBC, Ian Carmichael is the ideal voice for this story. As the London Daily Express put it he plays Wimsey so perfectly that 'Sayers might have created Wimsey just so Carmichael could portray him.' Dorothy Sayers (1893 - 1957) is surely one of the most popular mystery writers of all time. Today, some years after her death, her stories continue to be widely read. With 'Clouds of Witness' her protagonist Lord Peter Wimsey is called upon to investigate the death of his sister's fiancé. At least it may have been a fragrant departure as the recently murdered was found dead among the chrysanthemums, sartorially perfect in dinner jacket and slippers. Most shocking is the fact that Sir Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver, stands accused. Surely that cannot be so. Sir Peter begins his own investigation in order to save his brother. As is often the case, Sayers creates a surprising courtroom scene and Carmichael reads it with gusto.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Great mystery

    Great mystery

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    she's no Agatha Christie

    Bought this book because I saw the author compared to Agatha Christie. This was not even up to Christie at her worst. Save your money for Christie!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    very interesting book

    lots of detail and many twists and turns

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    good. british mystery

    readers who enjoy well written british mysteries will enjoy dorothy sayre.the books are set in england after world warone, so readers getsome history also. A very enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Great Classic Mystery!

    I love Dorothy Sayers and was so happy to see some of her books available in e-format. This is an early Lord Peter Whimsey story with engaging characters and numerous red herrings along the way to the solution. Sayers is such an intelligent writer, so her style is very literate. Some may be put off by her occassional French phrases or historical references, but these books were written years ago and reflect a different era - but the mystery still holds together very well. I learn something new every time I read one, and her story lines always hold my attention. I hope more of the Peter Whimseys get added to the Nook list!

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    Posted April 6, 2012

    Xavier

    Hello?

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    Great detective!

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