Clouds of Witness; And, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

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by Dorothy L. Sayers | Mystery & Thrillers |
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Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/17/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, March 17, 2019
I got this slightly-battered book-club-edition hardcover at the local library's annual book sale. It contains two of Sayers' "Lord Peter" novels:

Clouds of Witness, one of my favorites in the series. Here, Lord Peter - whose reputation as an amateur sleuth has been a growing annoyance to his brother the Duke of Denver - finds himself having to try to solve a murder of which his brother's been accused! Lots of amusing byplay, especially when Peter and his friend Detective Parker are examining the crime scene:

Mr. Parker proudly stepped to a row of wooden frames, carefully covered with matting. Stripping this away, with the air of a bishop unveiling a memorial, he disclosed a V-shaped line of footprints.

“These,” said Parker, “belong to nobody—to nobody I've ever seen or heard of, I mean.”

“Hurray!” said Peter.
“Then downwards from the steep hill's edge
They tracked the footmarks small

(only they're largish).”

“No such luck,” said Parker. “It's more a case of:
“They followed from the earthy bank
Those footsteps one by one,
Into the middle of the plank;
And farther there were none!”

“Great poet, Wordsworth,” said Lord Peter; “how often I've had that feeling."

And there's considerable drama, as when Lord Peter finds himself lost in a treacherous bog. Oh, and some budding romance as well, in a rather unlikely quarter...

And The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, focusing on the devastating after-effects of WWI on those who lost loved ones and those who survived - all mingled with an intriguingly complicated crime in which determining the precise time of death of two very elderly individuals could have huge effects on the potential heirs. Another very entertaining entry in this marvelous series.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the Wimsey books, with some entertaining tidbits. And I enjoyed the 1972 TV adaptation starring Ian Carmichael as Wimsey - though I admit I liked Edward Petherbridge's Wimsey better.]

Released 1 mo ago (3/19/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Hanover St. in Manchester, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the bright yellow Little Free Library; hope the finder enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2019 Oh the Places We Can Go release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2019 Four Elements release challenge. ***

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