Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #2)

Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #2)

by Dorothy L. Sayers
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Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #2) by Dorothy L. Sayers

The fiancé of Lord Peter's sister, Mary, is found dead outside the conservatory of the Wimsey family's shooting lodge in Yorkshire. The evidence points to their older brother, Gerald, the Duke of Denver, who is charged with the murder and put on trial in the House of Lords.

To clear the family name, Lord Peter and his close friend Inspector Charles Parker scour the lodge's grounds, finding several tantalizing clues, including mysterious footprints, a piece of jewelry, and a cat charm. What do these leads mean, and why are Mary and Gerald suddenly acting so mysterious? Unraveling a string of coincidences, Lord Peter is determined to solve this intriguing case. But will the answer save his brother . . . or condemn him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062315540
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 133,517
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.

Date of Birth:

June 13, 1893

Date of Death:

December 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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Clouds of Witness 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
hereford More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JJDTX More than 1 year ago
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.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
I love Lord Peter Wimsey, he has an incredible sense of wrong and right, of honor and love of family. He finds that his brother has been accused of murder and jailed. Lord Peter drops everything and rushes to investigate. His brother refuses to talk,so he does it his way. This is a true British mystery which I love. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery
Teacher-and-Reader More than 1 year ago
I have pruchased and read the Lord Peter Whimsey books since 1970 and still love to reread them on my nook, keeping them for revisiting! We lost a great writer when she turned to religious writing, but her biographer is also tlented and has fleshed out her WW IIabd after outlines richly and well.
marileec More than 1 year ago
I first read this 35 years ago and immediately read the rest of the series. Set in England just after WWI with well-drawn characters from all levels of society. Lord Peter and his valet Bunter are classic Amateur Sleuths. If you like Agatha Christie's early work give Sayers a try.
Joanne Eldred More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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A 200 page very well-written free English mystery book in the time after WWI with the second son Lord Peter Wimsey and his friend Police Detective Parker needing to prove the innocence of his brother Earl Denver in a murder at his hunting lodge. The narrative and dialog are all dated for that period of England after WW I in the various dialects of the regions. Shock, angst, deception, drama, humor, and mentions of romance. An enjoyable round of mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trifle dated for us today as the accepted mores were different one of the best for pure mystery and construction is whose body peters post war trama at that time was something not usually mentioned
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If this NOOK book were the regular printed version, B&N would NOT be able to sell it! The French text (in some parts of this Nook book) was so very poorly "printed" it was not only distracting but indeed an insult to the reader! Cannot B&N find someone (who knows French) to advise the printing co. that French vowels do, at times, have accents, and they simply should NOT be replaced with symbols? It makes no sense at all! Buyer beware! if you do NOT know French you may be "satisfied" and finish reading this Nook book. However, if you do know French, you will be very disappointed, to say the least! A SHAME, because the story is good, captivating and does keep you interested to the end .. once you can manage your frustration, that is! Perhaps no one at B&N has read this NOOK version .. hopefully this review will awaken someone's interest and the Nook Version will be corrected!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book captures the mood of the time clever plot
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CDM55 More than 1 year ago
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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