“Kentucky Reader said: 4 stars
Sayers began writing this classic series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey as an amateur detective in the early 1920s. A friend and I discovered them in the early 1980s and devoured them. Now that they're available for Kindle, I'm reading them again, and although I remember the characters well, I'm discovering that I've forgotten enough of the plots over the years for the mysteries to be new and enjoyable to me again.
In my opinion, Lord Peter Wimsey is one of the most appealing amateur detectives in fiction. He's wealthy British royalty, very intelligent and loves books, and wants to be useful, which has led to his amateur sleuthing. His loyal butler, Bunter, served with him in the war, and during this reading, that reminds me of Downton Abbey. During the first reading, my friend was so enamored of the butler that she named her dog Bunter. Bunter's intelligence also brings to mind Wooster's Jeeves. Lord Peter's mother, who has her own highly deductive mind and is not afraid to speak it, adds to the great cast of regular characters.
This is the second book in the series, but I didn't care for the first book either time I've read it, so I recommend starting with this one for anyone new to the series. In this book, Lord Peter is summoned home from vacation because his brother, Gerald Duke of Denver, has been arrested for murder. The victim had recently become engaged to their sister, Lady Mary. While trying to clear his brother, Lord Peter discovers there is no shortage of additional suspects, including his own sister. Much of the fun in reading this book comes from the look at the English court system, and especially how there are separate systems for royalty and commoners.
Sayers was a wonderful writer and I expect to continue to enjoy this series as much now as I did the first time I read it.”