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Clouds of Witness Paperback – May 18, 2011
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Intrusion: A Novel
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Unlike Unnatural Death, where Wimsey seems more devil-may-care and speaks in more slang-y sentences, this book shows a more mature Wimsey who's fully aware of his duties to his family and the responsibilities of his position in life (an occasional theme in the series), and we see that Wimsey is far from being merely a man about London.
The mystery itself is one of the more clever ones in the series, revolving around holes in Gerald's testimony which Wimsey must investigate, as well as the background of the murder victim, although the final resolution seems not to completely justify the build-up. (This is common in Sayers' mysteries; the setting and characters tend to be stronger than the puzzle driving the plot.) Overall, though, it's an entertaining book, featuring more moments of dramatic suspense than in the later novels, making it perhaps the most well-rounded Wimsey adventure.
When an alibi is demanded, Gerald refuses to give one, and so is charged with the crime. As he is the Duke of Denver, Gerald's case will not be heard in court, but before the House of Lords. Lord Peter is confronted with a case in which the accused seems bound and determined to get himself hung. Gerald offers no help to his brother, the police, or even Impey Biggs, his barrister. Peter and his long time friend Inspector Parker, are left with only faint clues and surmises as the basis for building a defense.
It quickly becomes apparent that there is guilt everywhere. Denis Cathcart, the victim, had lived a suspicious life in Paris, Lady Mary has complicated ties to the British socialist movement, and Gerald, if he wasn't killing Cathcart, had to be doing something he didn't want to reveal. Wimsey and Parker find a surplus of suspicious behavior, in England and abroad, but the puzzle refuses to be unlocked. Worse, those mysteries they can solve do nothing to help Gerald. Time marches inexorably on, and Lord Peter must make a last minute race against time in an effort to solve the mystery.Read more ›
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A delightful old classic. Skip over or use your best guess as to the outdated or strictly British slang and prep-school rigmarole to enjoy the humor aimed at the upper class... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the great creations of the Golden Age of mystery writing, and Dorothy Sayers is an ingenious plotter. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kathryn M. Young
I have loved Sayers stuff for many years - however this edition is printed with such a small font that I had to return itPublished 1 month ago by coastalkate
Clean language, great story/mystery. I enjoyed the characters, the pace and storyline. Some would call these books cozy mysteries. Like this author.Published 1 month ago by Pat Smith
Good solid mystery story written to solve the mystery. A little talkative.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know who is making money on this edition of Sayer's book, but it's transcribed from, perhaps, an audio version. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer