First Line: Lord Peter Wimsey stretched himself luxuriously between the sheets provided by the Hôtel Meurice.
All is not well at Riddlesdale Lodge, a Wimsey family retreat for country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt. Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be is dead, and his accused murderer is Wimsey's own brother. Lord Peter has his hands full with this all-in-the-family murder.
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!
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Amazon Digital Services © 2013
Originally published in 1926.
eBook, 279 pages
Private Investigator, #2 Lord Peter Wimsey mystery
Source: Purchased from Amazon.