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CLOUD OF WITNESSES
Writer: Dorothy L. Sayers
Challenge: Mystery and Suspense Challenge 2011
Challenge: 2011 E-Book Challenge
Challenge: Vintage Mystery Challenge
How I read it: Kindle
Synopsis: The fiancé of Lord Peter's sister, Lady Mary Wimsey, is found dead outside the conservatory of the family's shooting lodge in Yorkshire. Peter and Mary's elder brother, the Duke of Denver, is charged with willful murder and put on trial in the House of Lords.
My Thoughts: Once again I picked up a book by Sayers--her second book. She's a wonderfully complex writer, trying to find her niche. Although her plots are intriguing, I have to admit I had a difficult time getting through it. I don't really know why.
Perhaps it's because I couldn't relate to some of the characters. Lord Peter Wimsey's brother is on trial (and facing the death penalty) for murder, and even though I thought I would feel anxious about it, I didn't In fact, at one point in the reading, I put the book down and thought it didn't matter to me who the killer was. I love Agatha Christie's Five Little Pigs and in that book a woman is hung for murder. In that book, I cared. I didn't want her to die. In this book, I was like... meh!
We really don't meet the brother so there's no rapport.
I did love reading the dialogue in Sayer's novels. Peter and the other characters have some interesting idioms. For example, Peter uses the question 'What?' a lot.
"...we must make what we can of him as a witness, what?"
"havin; no turn for criminology, what?"Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey reference:
Whether, like the heroine of Northanger Abbey, he expected to find anything gruesome inside was not apparent.Should you read this book?
Yes. It's classic literature. And it's cheap on Kindle.