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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabriela on 04-22-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Mello on 04-18-17

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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