Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey, #2) by Dorothy L. SayersRustic 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 Peters brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimseys own brother, and if murder set all in the family wasnt 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.
Edward Petherbridge on playing Lord Peter Wimsey
1926 novel by Dorothy L Sayers featuring Lord Peter Wimsey
The sharp contrast between these two novels from a peak year during the Golden Age of detective fiction raises a question: By what addled marketing logic did the authors of those works become yoked together as so-called Queens of Crime? Gender, of course, played a big part in the coining of that shared designation. But aside from being women who wrote about criminals and crime solvers, Christie and Sayers had little in common as creative figures. Christie, as she exultantly demonstrates in Ackroyd , excelled at devising intricate mechanisms that would enable her to misdirect and astound readers. Sayers , while she would exhibit greater ingenuity in later works, shows in Clouds of Witness that setting a complex, fair-play puzzle was an endeavor that tapped into neither her talents nor her interests.
This is the first book review by Daniel, who is joining me at the Special Collection for a work placement. Daniel is a second year English and History student, and thus perfectly placed to get involved with the collection. Welcome Daniel! The story itself, although almost predictable in parts, had a good number of twists and turns that kept me gripped until the end at which the biggest twist of all occurred! The protagonist, Lord Peter Wimsey, is both interesting and highly likable and this is reflected in the fact Sayers used him in fourteen volumes of novels and short stories. As a modern reader, it appeared at times that the mystery could have been solved quicker and with more ease by using methods which have become common place by detectives these days, such as accurate fingerprinting and forensic investigations, which may not have been around or if they were, not in heavy use at the time. Also it was hard to truly appreciate the greatness of Wimsey taking a flight to America to pursue the case, something that is taken for granted in modern times, but as was later noted, this was a huge journey for the time and is mentioned in all local newspapers within the novel.
Gaudy Night is a mystery novel by Dorothy L. The dons of Harriet Vane's alma mater , the all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford based on Sayers' own Somerville College , have invited her back to attend the annual Gaudy celebrations.
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Clouds of Witness (1926) by Dorothy L. Sayers
On 6 October , a woman went into a cloakroom in Boulogne, France and never came out. She was never seen alive again. Her disappearance captivated the world, and even detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers tried to solve the case. Find more information about this episode and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow. The podcast is on Twitter , Facebook , Tumblr and Instagram as ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps.
Whose Body? Sayers , in which she introduced the character of Lord Peter Wimsey. Thipps, an architect, finds a dead body wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez in the bath of his London flat. Lord Peter Wimsey -- a nobleman who has recently developed an interest in criminal investigation as a hobby -- resolves to investigate the matter privately. Leading the official investigation is Inspector Sugg, who suggests that the body may be that of the famous financier Sir Reuben Levy, who disappeared from his bedroom in mysterious circumstances the night before.