A tale spinning and ingenious detection
Lord Peter's brother is accused of murder.
Book Description: "Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat filled with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt -- until the game turned up human and quite dead. He lay among the chrysanthemums, wore slippers and a dinner jacket and was Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimsey's own brother, and if murder set all in the family wasn't enough to boggle the unflappable Lord Wimsey, perhaps a few twists of fate would be -- a mysterious vanishing midnight letter from Egypt...a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand...and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey."
Read by Edward Petherbridge, the actor who played Lord Peter in the PBS series. Dorothy L. Sayers mystery of Lord Peter Wimsey. Lord Peter's sister's fiance is murdered and Peter's brother is arrested.
Mysteries don't get much better than Dorothy Sayers. Her plotting and language put more modern mysteries in the dust.
1995 reprint of 1927 classic. The inimitable Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to acquit his own brother of the charge of murder.
Lord Peter Wimsey is know for dabbling at solving murders as a bit of a hobby, rather like collecting first editions. But now he has to put his life on the line to help acquit both his sister and his brother of murder charges.
A very suspenseful book, with danger looming at Lord Peter and his family from all directions. His usual, charmingly flippant manner takes a bit of a nosedive in this book, but all to good purpose.
Possibly Dorothy Sayer's most thrilling book.
Although several of the members recommended Dorothy Sayers books to me I could not get into this one. Does not mean it is not a good book....just not one for me.
I continue to stumble my way through Golden Age mysteries in an attempt to understand what so many other readers enjoy in them. So far, my only real success has been with Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley, but I am determined to emerge triumphant with Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey. I have to admit that it's been a bit of a hard slog. Perhaps I should just jump ahead to the book in which Harriet Vane makes her appearance?
The largest part of Lord Peter's investigation in Clouds of Witness seemed to be crawling around on the floor staring at the carpet, and I was about ready to admit defeat when Wimsey's sister finally decided to tell the truth. Then the mystery really began to get somewhere.
I am glad that I soldiered on to the end because I do see glimmers of what this series will be in snippets of conversation between characters, and that "lost in the fog in the bog" scene is marvelous. I do enjoy historical mysteries, but I am most definitely a 21st-century reader, so I do sometimes doubt the wisdom behind my dabbling into these fabled waters... but it is for the very reason that these mysteries are fabled that I can't leave them alone!