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Clouds of Witness and The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club

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Hardcover, 409 pages
Published 1956 by Harper & Row (first published 1928)
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Alger
Aug 08, 2015 Alger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two of Lord Peter's earliest adventures. However this is only obvious in Clouds of Witnesses through the constant references to "the war" and Peter getting lost in a fog because he isn't carrying his cane with the measuring marks and compass in the handle, and in Unpleasantness at the Ballona Club through the constant references to "the war" and a trite ending (view spoiler) ...more
Valerie
I don't know why these two books were bound together. It's clear that Unnatural Death comes between them. But anyway, though I have another copy of Clouds of Witness, this is the only copy of The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club which I have: so I'll review only the latter.

When I first read this book, I had no idea who 'Bellona' might be. I'm still not really sure. I gather she was a Roman war goddess, and I have a vague idea that there was some connection to Boadicea of the Iceni. But other t
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Andrea
Sep 29, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, classic
Any of the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery stories rates five stars with me. I love them so much that my critical brain turns to mush.
Magda
Nov 01, 2008 Magda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It was odd reading these two novels, as I'd first seen the DVDs, which were my introduction to the character of Lord Peter Wimsey. Nonetheless, it was quite enjoyable, although I don't really get the dropping the final 'g' of '-ing' words, etc.

"... I'm not goin' to have you askin' questions and lookin' at me in that tone of voice." —p. 60 (Clouds of Witness)
Karen
Jul 10, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
These were first published in 1928. As a true crime reader, it's amusing to read of fingerprinting as a novel idea--and no computers!
Gwen
Mar 15, 2007 Gwen rated it liked it
The stories were good, but Lord Peter Wimsey isn't my favorite detective.
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co
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