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Clouds of Witness
Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
When blood stains his family name, Lord Peter fights to save what he holds most dear After 3 months in Corsica, Lord Peter Wimsey has begun to forget that the gray, dangerous moors of England ever existed. But traveling through Paris, he receives a shock that jolts him back to reality. He sees it in the headlines splashed across every English paperhis brother Gerald has been arrested for murder. The trouble began at the family estate in Yorkshire, where Gerald was hunting with the man soon to be his brother-in-law, Captain Denis Cathcart. One night, Gerald confronts Cathcart with allegations about his unsavory past, leading the captain to call off the wedding. Just a few hours later, Cathcart is dead, with Gerald presumed to be the only person who could have fired the fatal shot. The clock is ticking, and only Englands premier sleuth can get to the bottom of this murky mystery. Clouds of Witness is the 2nd book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
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galueth28
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Finished my first book of the month 🤗 Still love Peter Wimsey and the mistery was interesting, although much more straightforward than it seemed at first.

#scarathlondailyprompts #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick #bookspinbingo #promptmaze @TheAromaofBooks #spookoween @TheSpineView #31by31 @Catsandbooks #pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #20in4 @Andrew65

TheSpineView Excellent 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks Woo! 🖤 2mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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galueth28
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Since this overlaps with #scarathlon2022, my goal is to finish the tagged book, which fits the theme, and may be finish one of the other eight books I'm currently reading 😋

#20in4 @Andrew65 #teamslaughter

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SerialReader
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Another event addition: A shocking murder at Riddlesdale Lodge with the victim's own brother as the prime suspect leads to more twists, surprises, and deadly threats for Lord Wimsey.

writerlibrarian Loved this one. 5mo
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BarbaraJean
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I enjoyed this 2nd Lord Peter Wimsey mystery just as much as the first, but for different reasons. The dialogue felt wittier, and the character descriptions at the beginning were🔥 But one too many false trails made the solution feel like more of a stretch than an “aha!” Even so, it was a satisfying classic “manor house” murder mystery & I‘ll keep on with the series. Also, how great is this battered old hand-me-down copy from my friend‘s grandma?!

LeahBergen I need to carry on with this series, too. I‘ve only read the first. 13mo
Ruthiella That paperback is definitely well-read! 😆 13mo
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lfrye
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My imagination took of with this mystery thanks to the beautiful and captivating writing style of Dorothy Sayers. My favorite part of the book is how she weaves new and different storylines throughout the book- even up until the final chapters. Brilliant. Her use of French and how she so eloquently made out English slang to be enjoyable to read made the book all the more authentic. Thoroughly enjoyed this read and would do it over and over again.

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RaeLovesToRead
Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
Mehso-so

Apparently the series gets better, but for me there was something missing from this mystery. A key binding ingredient to keep me hooked. I found it a bit of a tedious slog.

More Conan Doyle than Christie in style, Lord Peter Wimsey's main personality quirk seems to be a chipper flippancy that is supposed to be rooted in past tragedy but that gets on my nerves.

⭐⭐

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RaeLovesToRead
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So far I'm really not feeling this one. I don't understand why it feels like such a tedious slog. Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of Lord Peter Wimsey himself, gleefully gallivanting about while his (equally obnoxious) brother awaits trial.

I don't tend to DNF books though... especially not murder mysteries.

shanaqui Lord Peter can be an acquired taste -- he cares dreadfully, but is too well-bred to show it (or so the idea goes). I don't know quite when he grew on me, because my first reviews of the first couple of books were quite lukewarm, and now the books are favourites! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @shanaqui I've heard that her later books are much better. I've only read the first one and (most of) this one so far and I just don't seem to be clicking with them. Which is your favourite of hers? 2y
shanaqui Ooh, rough choice! I think Strong Poison, probably. Or maybe The Nine Tailors, but I read that after I'd already read Strong Poison (and Have His Carcase), which is the point I think the books won me over! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @shanaqui If this one has a reasonable denouement, I may give her another try 😊 I'm such a massive Agatha Christie fan that I tend to feel that books written by her contemporaries don't quite meet my expectations! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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In the mood for some golden age crime tonight. I didn't think much of the first Lord Peter Wimsey novel so let's have another go.

Still catching up on last year's PopSugar Reading Challenge - a book set in the 1920s #pop20 (I will finish it eventually I'm sure!!!)

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xicanti
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I gave it a solid 50%, but CLOUDS OF WITNESS lacks the sparkle of Sayers‘s later books. I don‘t care who killed the guy and I find most of Lord Peter‘s dialogue borderline unreadable. Way too much stereotypical British upper class folderol. What a disappointing surprise.

rockpools Oh boo. But folderol is a much under-used word in book reviews, so there is that! 2y
batsy @rockpools @xicanti I was really happy to see "folderol" too ? I last encountered it in a Fiona Apple song, lol 2y
xicanti @rockpools @batsy I AM glad I got to trot out folderol. 2y
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xicanti
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My gnocchi with tomato and pesto didn‘t look too appetizing, but it sure tasted good.

Supper took me 30% into CLOUDS OF WITNESS. I haven‘t decided how I feel about it. Sometimes it‘s fun; sometimes every single character is a contender for Upper Class Twit of the Year, and not in an enjoyable, ironic way. Hmm.

Kimberlone I feel like pesto never looks very appetizing when you make it at home....mine always ends up kind of greenish/brown once it cooks. But it usually still tastes awesome! 2y
xicanti @Kimberlone this pesto came from my mum, who made it with basil she grew in her garden, and it‘s definitely kinda brownish. Tastes great, though! 2y
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xicanti
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This quote leaped out at me at breakfast. I come from a family of morning people who think breakfast is GREAT and we should mark every special occasion with a special breakfast out. I, in contrast, am NOT a morning person and believe breakfast is best enjoyed alone, after one has properly eased into wakefulness.

(I have zero patience with this “less robust” thing, or with morning people who act like not being a morning person is a moral failing.)

readordierachel Agree on all counts 2y
sarahbarnes Seriously though. 2y
xicanti @sarahbarnes I‘m never gonna be one of those people who hops out of bed the second they wake up, ready to Do All The Things. My body‘s not wired that way. 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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I'm slowly filling in the gaps of my Wimsey collection. This is an early one, meaning there are more annoying antics and less depth than in the later ones, but it's still enjoyable. I was surprised how often Wimsey was in peril, but then his middle name is Death!

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

This is a case where I‘m not sure if it‘s me, the situation, or the book. It was my first Sayers book and I didn‘t connect to it at all. The audio narrator was good but I had trouble caring what happened. And it didn‘t seem like a clever mystery... But maybe it was just the craziness of this week? Either way, I will wait a while before trying Lord Peter Wimsey again. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Dolly There‘s a person on BookTube asking readers if they‘ve recently lost interest in reading. Many have and are unable to concentrate and some haven‘t been reading. My last book suddenly flagged badly in the last week. I thought the problem was the author lost her focus. Now I‘m questioning if it was my emotions as I cant seem to pick up my next read. 3y
wanderinglynn Oh, great puzzle choice! That one is one my list to buy. 👍🏻💜🧩 3y
Dolly Gorgeous puzzle! 3y
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Zelma @Dolly I am having the same problem. Nothing I pick up works for me and I keep abandoning books. I have been listening to music and watching a lot of comedy on YouTube. 3y
Dolly Utube works for me also. @Zelma 3y
MaureenMc I ordered that puzzle this weekend! It‘s scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. 😁 3y
LiteraryinLawrence @MaureenMc @Dolly @wanderinglynn I got this puzzle for my birthday a few years ago and I love it! It‘s the right mix of challenging and doable. And the pieces fit together in a satisfying way. 3y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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It‘s been ages since I did a puzzle (because, cats) but today I did several hours of #audiopuzzling. Very calming. The narrator has a delightful British accent and the plot is a light mystery. I also wrote to each of my students today and had a long virtual faculty meeting, which helped me feel more connected.

How is everyone holding up today?

@DebinHawaii I wish you a great remainder of your day, new buddy (in EST mine is almost over!). 💜

wanderinglynn What a fun puzzle! ❤️🧩 3y
Butterfinger We're doing well. Stay safe. 3y
DebinHawaii That looks so nice! I should have tagged you on my desk lunch pic because I haven‘t gotten to anything else today but work as we are figuring out business continuity. I hoping to leave soon & do the book quote thing when I get home. I‘ll shoot for earlier contact tomorrow! 😉 3y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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The theme of the last few hours has been self care. 💗 I downloaded the tagged book on Libby and went for a short walk outside. I pre-ordered several later-2020 books to support my local indie. I did a virtual meditation class my sister suggested. I made a tofu/veggie stir fry. Now I‘m nestled into a couch cocoon looking to revive my bullet journaling about books while listening to more of this mystery.

We can do this, friends. Sending hugs. 💗

Desha I love Dorothy Sayers ❤️ it sounds like you had a lovely day 👍🏻😊 3y
Meaw_catlady Sending hugs ! 💕 3y
Paperback.Propensity Great job on the self care! Sounds like a nice day. 3y
BennettBookworm Gorge journal! 3y
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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #TBRRead The last one of the year.

Clwojick 16 pt 3y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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I hit 1000 Litfluence! Thanks, Littens!

wanderinglynn Congrats! 🥳🎉👏🏻 3y
Connster Yay! 🎉🎊🎈 3y
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shanaqui
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#bookblanket starting to look quite good, if I do say so myself. There's actually a whole new row worth to make and add. I've been reading fast!

Right now I happen to be reading Clouds of Witness at the same time as watching the Ian Carmichael tv dramatisation (while crocheting to catch up on this!). Wish we could put Carmichael's voice on Petherbridge's appearance - though Petherbridge is really no slouch as Peter, I just heard Carmichael first.

Hooked_on_books Wow, that looks great! 4y
rretzler Very nice. I‘m more of a knitter myself, never could seem to remember how to crochet from one project to the next. 😝 Big Fan of Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter! Enjoy. 4y
shanaqui @rretzler Agreed! I've read and reread the books a bunch of times, listened to the radioplays quite a few times, and seen the Petherbridge adaptations at least twice. The only thing new to me is the Ian Carmichael tv series! Even that's familiar enough from the books that crocheting while half watching it works, haha. 4y
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rabbitprincess
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This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed Peter and Parker's relationship and their ability to work together. I also liked how Sayers crafted dialogue to evoke French while still writing in English.

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shanaqui
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Having a Brexit related panic attack, so wrapping up in a duvet and hanging out with these guys.

(The bald hippo is Helen; she's been with me since I was 2 days old. The whale and octopus are Æthelbert and Sashimi, respectively; they're my wife's teddies. She never liked teddies before me but now she has a family of octopuses: Sushi, Takoyaki, Calamari and Sashimi. They're all excellent cuddlers and book holders. It's all my doing, she says.)

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rabbitprincess
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"These," said Parker, "belong to nobody--to nobody I've ever seen or heard of, I mean."
"Hurray!" said Peter.

I don't know why that "Hurray!" cracks me up so much, but it does ?

shanaqui I do love their whole friendship. I like the ditch Peter "proceeds to fall into", too. Ugh, now I want to reread. Again. 4y
rabbitprincess @shanaqui I was grinning a fair bit throughout the book 😄 4y
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Sarah83
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Mehso-so

The second part of this series was quite nice, but not as good as the first one. I really liked the twist in the end and the whole idea behind it, but the story telling didn't get me this time. Hope the next one will be better. 🌞👍

saresmoore I‘m reading this right now. It‘s not great, but I‘m still enjoying Peter Wimsey. 4y
Verity It‘s not my favourite of the series - in fact it‘s one of the ones I revisit least - but it does set up a few things for the future 😉 4y
erzascarletbookgasm This was a so-so for me too. Wimsey is always fun though. 4y
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Sarah83 @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm @Verity so happy that I am not the only one thinking like that 😍 4y
Gissy But I like that ☕️and picture looks so attractive for readers. 4y
Verity @Sarah83 there‘s no beating the Peter and Harriet books and Murder Must advertise imho. Just perfect all of them. 4y
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Liriope
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Panpan

I chose this book, starting my first attempt at reading challenges. For my #popsugarreadingchallenge2019 (prompt: a book featuring an amateur detective) and #pwowreadingchallenge19 (prompt: a book I got as a gift).

It is vaguely entertaining. The plot is absurd at times, the characters were annoying and entitled. The best part was the interrogation in Court, but I couldn't wait to finish this. A book I'll be donating to someone else who wants it.

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Liriope
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This book is taking me forever. I'm hoping to finish it soon so I can start another one.

#currentlyreading #reading #bibliophile #notintoit #cloudsofwitness #ogatodediamantes #dorothylsayers #colecaovampiro #mistery #detective

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Liriope
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BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 4y
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 4y
Liriope @Crazeedi Thank you! 4y
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thea-block
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Loved this second installment of the Lord Peter Wimsey series. A lot less about Peter and a lot more about his family in this one. Enjoyed the many plot points, red herrings, and “clouds of witnesses.” A great gilded age mystery series, if you‘re into them!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt4 Another beautiful cover on another Lord Peter Whimsey novel. Even the spines are pretty, they‘re gonna look great when I have the whole series lined up on my shelf. The Duke Of Denver is on trial for the murder of his sisters fiancee. He also happens to be Whimseys brother but he‘s not talking to anyone. Is he guilty? Or covering up for someone.

Lynnsoprano My first Lord Peter. Love these books. 4y
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Read66
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Mehso-so

It has been a long time since I have read this series/author. This particular story wasn‘t bad but not as enjoyable as other Golden Age mysteries I have read.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

The second book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series, but I didn‘t like it as much as the first book. Wimsey is the usual dapper and devilishly clever. Witty dialogues and the trial scenes in the House of Lords are really good but other than that, it was rather meh - the last scene or the ending especially.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Paperback books by this author are not frequent to come across. I need to find the rest in the series.
#HeyJune #paperbackwriter

batsy 😍 4y
kspenmoll Great series! 4y
Cinfhen Will keep my eyes open for this author 4y
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Mdargusch I‘m intrigued. I‘m going to check out this series! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @Mdargusch if you like Golden Age detective novels, this author comes highly recommended 🙂 4y
Crazeedi Shes a great author 4y
Weaponxgirl I'll keep an eye open from now on 4y
writerlibrarian My favourite edition of Sayers is the nel one. Gorgeous covers. 4y
writerlibrarian @Cinfhen She's really really good. I have three left to read and I've been stalling for years because there won't any left after. 😪😿 4y
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Verity
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Fouled have a handy series list on the shelf next to the Peter Wimseys. What a fab idea for those of us who like to read in order!

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zsuzsanna_reads
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Panpan

I am not a huge fan of Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series at the best of times, but this one was positively slapdash. To be honest, I'm surprised I finished it.

Biggest plothole: Wimsey recovering from a gunshot wound - possibly a broken collarbone - overnight. Seriously?

zsuzsanna_reads Also, why are my images becoming blurry again? 5y
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shanaqui
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Another old favourite to beguile my insomnia -- and celebrate my exams being over. May have giggled too loudly at the end -- made both the wife and the bunnies stir.

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Jess_Read_This
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?"I didn't mind thinking you were a murderer," said Lady Mary spitefully, "but I do mind you being such an ass."

?Kitty Cat on this gorgeous spine for a #CatsInTheCradle nod for #RockinMay.

#WhoDunnit #Mystery #LordPeter #Classic #DorothySayers

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Haha these books are so funny. 6y
BethFishReads I 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕these books 6y
batsy ❤️ the Peter Wimsey mysteries 6y
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Cinfhen Nice 😺😻 6y
Jess_Read_This @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian She always cracks me up! 6y
Jess_Read_This @BethFishReads ❤️❤️❤️Me too! 6y
Jess_Read_This @batsy So do I! I'm never disappointed while reading them! 6y
Jess_Read_This @Cinfhen Thank you! ❤️ 6y
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Moray_Reads
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I'm playing catch up on #feistyfeb again! I don't often need a #palatecleaser but when I do it's usually Dorothy L. Sayers or #discworld

saresmoore Yes and amen. 6y
gossamerchild Omg, those books 😍 6y
Moray_Reads @gossamerchild aren't they gorgeous? I'm slowly collecting them 6y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Another delightful cozy British mystery audiobook by the master Dorothy L Sayers. This is only the second book in the series and I've already read some of the later ones, so it was nice to go back and see the seeds of the characters' changing relationships in this book. Not sure what is going on with the cover illustration; it's supposed to be a bog in Yorkshire Wimsey falls into, not a pit of lava. #Audiobooks

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missjenniferlowe
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Listening to a great classic mystery with my reading partner, getting my hygge on!

Suzze Cute! What's your kitty's name? 6y
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 6y
missjenniferlowe @Suzze Her name is Valentine! 🐱😊 6y
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Faibka So adorable! 😻 6y
missjenniferlowe @Suzze @Faibka Thank you! She's the best! 6y
rubyslippersreads Valentine is just darling. 😺💕 6y
Bette ❤️🐱👍 6y
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Genrebending
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All I want to do in this weather is sit with a blanket and bourbon and read mysteries or horror. Hence this stack for #HelloOctober readathon. It's also the start of #inktober, so I'll be doing some art and posting it on Instagram.

Liberty 🤘🏻🤘🏻 6y
balletbookworm I misread that as "basket of bourbon" at first and thought that would be awesome (a blanket and bourbon is also fine ?) 6y
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Kmmsellers
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Amazon has all of the Lord Peter Whimsey books on sale for $1.99 today. They are delightful mysteries!

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Ms.Story
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Quick, entertaining detective read...I wish I had discovered Sayers earlier!

SusanInTiburon I read Gaudy Night in high school - until then I knew only Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and John D. McDonald (from the paperback shelf of the summer cabin we rented annually). I was blown away, and have been trying to recreate that peak experience for 40 years. ❤️❤️Sayers❤️❤️ 7y
Ms.Story @Susanintiburon I'm going to have to seek out Stout & McDonald -- haven't heard of them before!!! I love discovering new authors & series! I know I will be reading a ton more of Sayers 😄 7y
SusanInTiburon @Brittany's Bookshelf they're oldies but goodies. I see you like Robert Galbraith/JKR: me too. Have you tried Louise Penny? That's a really fun and well-written series. Not too light, not too dark. 7y
Ms.Story @Susanintiburon I actually learned of Louise Penny on Goodreads but haven't gotten a chance to read one of hers yet! She's definitely on my TBR list 😊 7y
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