November 2009

Dorothy L. Sayers Clouds of Witness

 


Dorohy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness
HarperTorch, 1995.
ISBN: 0061043532

It's been a very long time since I read any of Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey books. Clouds of Witness is the second in terms of chronology; properly speaking, it should be preceded by Whose Body?. All of the Whimsey novels and short stories are set between the end of World War I, and the start of World War II. They involve the solving of mysteries, usually a murder, by British aristocrat and amateur sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey. Sayers in an interview once described Wimsey as a cross between Fred Astaire and Bertie Wooster, from P. G. Wodehouse's novels.

The Colorado Kid

When I saw that over 200 plus people had reviewed Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid at Amazon—and that it received a median review of only three stars!—I had to laugh. Either people don’t like it when an author “breaks genre,” or they don’t like an unresolved ending. Of course, there’s also a leading photo on the book’s cover that hints at more resolution.

Me? I like both. I don’t think it’s fair to peg authors based on one or two works and then expect them to keep creating similar works. Yes, it’s made King into a multimillionaire—but it also made him branch out under a pseudonym to try other genres. (Which isn’t that true, considering that much of Bachman’s work was as scary, if not moreso, than King’s!)