Clouds of Witness

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Published: 1926
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,948 / 247 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 22,126
Added to site: 2009.01.20
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The fiancé of Lord Peter's sister, Lady Mary Wimsey, is found dead outside the conservatory of the family's shooting lodge in Yorkshire. Peter and Mary's elder brother, the Duke of Denver, is charged with capital murder and put on trial in the House of Lords. In solving the case Lord Peter is presented with an unusual problem: too many clues.

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him the bags--scarcely opened the previous night--repacked, relabelled, and standing ready for a journey.

"I say, Bunter, what's up?" said his lordship. "We're stayin' here a fortnight y'know."

"Excuse me, my lord," said Mr. Bunter, deferentially, "but, having seen The Times (delivered here every morning by air, my lord; and very expeditious I'm sure, all things considered), I made no doubt your lordship would be wishing to go to Riddlesdale at--"

"Riddlesdale!" exclaimed Peter. "What's the matter? Anything wrong with my brother?"

For answer Mr. Bunter handed him the paper, folded open at the heading:

RIDDLESDALE INQUEST.

DUKE OF DENVER ARRESTED

ON MURDER CHARGE.

Lord Peter stared as if hypnotised.

"I thought your lordship wouldn't wish to miss anything," said Mr. Bunter, "so I took the liberty----"

Lord Peter pulled himself together.

"When's the next train?" he asked.

"I beg your lordship's pardon--I thought your lo

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2014.02.15
Min Lacey
*****

The text has obviously been cleaned up since the last review, and this is a perfectly readable copy of an excellent Dorothy L Sayers mystery. Readers of today should be thankful to the original publishers, as Miss Sayers was extremely reluctant to allow a translation of the letter in French that holds the key to be supplied, feeling that her readers should no doubt be fluent in at least two languages ( if not more - the final words of \\\"Gaudy Night\\\" are in Latin and, alas, no translation in the edition I read...)

2010.02.07
Leah A. Zeldes
***..

Lord Peter Wimsey comes into his own in a complex murder case in which his brother is accused of killing his sister's fiance. The cleverly told story is full of twists and turns and fascinating trivia, but though I heartily recommend the novel, I suggest you read it elsewhere. This is an extremely bad transcription full of notations about "[garbled]" and "[missing]" text.


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