Clouds of Witness

Starring: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones, James Villiers and Patricia Routledge
BBC Audio
RRP: 15.99
ISBN 1 846 07149 6
Available 03 July 2006

In a shocking scandal, the like of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the eighteenth century, Lord Peter Wimsey's elder brother the Duke of Denver stands accused of murder...

While hosting a shooting party at Riddlesdale Hall, the Duke of Denver is found in the middle of the night, standing over the body of his sister's fiancée who has been shot through the heart. The Duke refuses to provide an alibi, and is subsequently arrested.

Lord Peter is determined to prove his brother's innocence, yet finds him strangely uncooperative. Furthermore, other family members apparently oppose Peter's attempts to get to the truth. His sister Lady Mary seems to know more than she is letting on - could the Duke be protecting her? In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family, and finds himself faced with the unhappy alternative of sending either his brother of his sister to the gallows. Until he himself becomes a target.

Clouds of Witness was first broadcast in 1974 and is another murder mystery audio drama based on the book by Dorothy L. Sayers. The twist this time around is that Lord Peter's family are at the centre of the crime.

Patricia Routledge guest stars in this story and plays... well, Patricia Routledge. If there was ever an actress with such a narrow field of acting I've yet to discover her. Yet, everyone loves her for who she is.

I have to be honest and say that I thought that this audio drama was actually too long. Spread over three discs, it could have easily have been cut down to two and I feel that the story would have been stronger for it.

At the end of the day this is yet another entertaining murder mystery that will keep amateur sleuths entertained.

Pete Boomer

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