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  • The conclusion was simply brilliant and satisfying - I have enjoyed this book very much

    • by Jacinth K Lee

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      Clouds of Witness was written by Dorothy L Sayers and published by Avon Books in 1966.

      Sayers’ unique style of writing the descriptive and beautiful language was a joy to read. This is yet another witty and entertaining story about Lord Peter Wimsey, this time to save his brother, the Duke of Denver from the gallows.

      Lady Mary found her brother, the Duke of Denver standing over the dead body of her fiancé, Captain Cathcart. The Duke was the obvious

      suspect, as he was heard having a loud disagreement with Cathcart earlier. Lord Peter, away in Corsica, was informed of the situation and rushed home. He was delighted to find his good friend, Inspector Parker handling the investigation, and together the professional and amateur sleuths went in search of witnesses, suspects and missing evidence - the Duke had lost a letter he received regarding Cathcart’s vices, which had caused the altercation; furthermore he steadfastly refused to elaborate on his whereabouts ...

      • at the time of the murder. Meanwhile Lady Mary was behaving suspiciously; she seemed to be harboring some guilty secrets.

        Lord Peter is always hilarious wisecracking and sometimes uttering gibberish at the most improper time , such as quoting a poem during his brother’s trial by the peers (pg 203) Yet he is perspicacious and unpretentious, a rare quality among the English nobles. It is also in this story that Parker was first introduced to Lady Mary,

        whom he married in the later books. Sayers had aptly described the snobbishness of the English aristocracy; it was a wonder that Parker was welcome in Lord Peter’s home. In the middle of the book I was able to deduce the reason for the Duke’s reluctance to divulge his whereabouts; but still had not figured out the murderer or the reason for Cathcart’s murder. The conclusion was simply brilliant and satisfying - I have enjoyed this book very much!

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