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In a shocking scandal, the likes of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the 18th century, the Duke of Denver stands accused of the foul murder or his sister's fiancé, shot through the heart on a cold, lonely night at Riddlesdale Hall in Yorkshire. The duke's brother, Lord Peter Wimsey, attempts to prove Denver's innocence, but why is the duke refusing to cooperate? And what does his sister, Lady Mary, know about the affair? Trying to reveal the truth, Wimsey uncovers a web of lies and deceit within the family and finds himself faced with the unhappy alternative of sending either his brother or his sister to the gallows - until he himself becomes a target.

Public Domain (P)1992 AudioGO

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Ian Carmichael is the quintessential Wimsey.

A terrific classic of the golden age. The way in which three of the characters' stories get intertwined produces a very enjoyable mystery. The class distinctions of the English nobility, as well as some of the consequences of the First World War, are mixed up with the funny and erudite deductions of Lord Peter. As for Mr. Carmichael's narration, he is truly the quintessential Wimsey. He gets the spirit and tone of the book perfectly. Highly recommended. Can't wait to continue with the series.

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The audio is the best version of all

I have read the book decades ago. I have seen the TV version multiple times, first on PBS (oh please! May PBS not ever be discontinued by shortsighted politicians) and later on tape and later still on DVD. But this version on audio is the most delightful of all.

Narrator/actor Ian Carmichael does a wonderful reading of Sayers' delightfully cloudy mystery. Absolutely superb and well worth listening to, over and over again. The humor in her earlier Lord Peter mysteries shines brightly in this version of "Clouds of Witness. " The tension of the rescue of Lord Peter from sinking into the Yorkshire bog is fully realized. I always thought Ian Carmichael too handsome on the TV versions for Sayer's Lord Peter character and too dignified. Here, where I listen only to his voice acting, he more fully becomes Lord Peter, the amateur detective who delights in silly patter while investigating death.

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Detection with Class!

Lord Peter is the ultimate English Upper Class Detective, and Ian Carmichael does a great job of portraying him, and the other characters in this novel. Dorothy Sayers is one of the "Queens of Crime" of the Golden Age detection, and I am glad to see that Audible seems to be re-releasing the unabridged versions of this series. Don't waste your time on any abridged versions, they loose the beauty of Sayers's prose.

Highly recommended. May the series continue to be released until all of Sayers's detective novels and short stories are available.

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Great Read<br />

I loved the Peter Wimsey series when I first read all the books 50 years ago. Listening to this one now was even better. The narrator did all the voices so beautifully. I just wish the rest of the audio books were available in the US. Evidently they're available in England but not the States.

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classic novel of manners and mystery

beautifully written novel with a complex but plausible plot. elegant and detailed characterization of even minor figured

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The ultimate Lord Peter

Ian Carmichael will always be the one I will think of as Lord Peter. Perfect!

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Sayers/Wimsey/Carmichael for another winning book

Love the detailed info about period life
Missed having more about Bunter
Enjoyed the bells, but too much numeric content about the peals, but I just skipped it.
Wimsey and Ian C are wonderfully paired. Hope that all the rest of the Sayers books are put into audio! Particularly Busman's Honeymoon.

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Great reading; poor story

I really struggled to finish this one because of the story line. Love D. L. Sayers, though, so I am disappointed. Ian Carmichael does a phenomenal job reading, though, as per his usual.

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