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  • ISBN: 1250017440
  • Author: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • ePUB size: 1977 kb
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I read somewhere that Jill Paton Walsh was such a fan of Harriet Vane's that "Gaudy Night" inspired her to attend .

I read somewhere that Jill Paton Walsh was such a fan of Harriet Vane's that "Gaudy Night" inspired her to attend Oxford. That's a wonderful little detail, and I love hearing stuff like that. But unfortunately for me as a Lord Peter Wimsey fan, it seems that Walsh's identification with Harriet means that Lord Peter is being winnowed out of her version of Sayers's stories almost completely

Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. And even before the second body is found, Lord Peter Wimsey and his brilliant wife are on their way to finding the killer.

Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the night-time lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Then the village's first air raid practise ends with a very real body on the ground - not a war casualty but a case of plain, old-fashioned murder.

Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country

Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country. But war has followed them there - glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London.

It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife, Harriet, to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate . A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery. Author Jill Paton Walsh.

It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife, Harriet, to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage. At first, the dispute seems a simple difference of opinion about a valuable manuscript that some of the Fellows regard as nothing but an insurance liability, which should be sold to finance a speculative purchase of land. The voting is evenly balanced. The Attenbury Emeralds: The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery.

Jill Paton Walsh It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury Emeralds.

In 1936, Dorothy L. Sayers abandoned the last Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. Sixty years later, a brown paper parcel containing a copy of the manuscript was discovered in her agent's safe in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result of the pairing of Dorothy L. Sayers with Walsh was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations. Now, following A Presumption of Death, set during World War II, comes a new Sayers-inspired mystery featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, revisiting his very first case. It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury Emeralds.

Jill Paton Walsh is a good steward of Sayer's legacy, and the further adventures of Peter, Harriet, and Bunter are as satisfying as anyone has a right to expect. I sincerely hope a third Wimsey book will follow soon. com User, March 21, 2006. I loved all the lord peter books. Thanks for takeing me back to a time I wanted to learn more about. Great read great book.

Jill Paton Walsh fulfills those hopes in A Presumption of Death. Although Sayers never began another Wimsey novel, she did leave clues. Drawing on "The Wimsey Papers," in which Sayers showed various members of the family coping with wartime conditions, Walsh has devised an irresistible story set in 1940, at the start of the Blitz in London. Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country.

A presumption of death. by. Paton Walsh, Jill, 1937-; Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957. Mystery written by Jill Paton Walsh based on Dorothy Sayers's descriptions of the Wimseys coping with wartime conditions in 1940.

Jill Paton Walsh ha. .given us a Lord Peter story in the true Sayers' style and tradition - Norma Major - The Week on Thrones, Dominations. A superb job of seamless collaboration. Thrones, Dominations is pure pleasure. Could this be the best book Dorothy L. Sayers never wrote? She has done a splendid job - certain to please the legions of Sayers loyalists as well as readers new to the Wimsey canon. The creator of the amateur sleuths Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, she was one of the queens of the inter-war Golden Age of Crime, writing in a more self-consciously literary style than her contemporaries. Visit the Dorothy L. Sayers author page.

A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery

A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery

Sixty years after Dorothy L. Sayers began her unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey novel, Thrones Dominations, Booker Prize finalist Jill Paton Walsh took on the challenge of completing the manuscript―with extraordinary success. "The transition is seamless," said the San Francisco Chronicle; "you cannot tell where Sayers leaves off and Walsh begins."

"Will Paton Walsh do it again?" wondered Ruth Rendell in London's Sunday Times. "We must hope so."

Jill Paton Walsh fulfills those hopes in A Presumption of Death. Although Sayers never began another Wimsey novel, she did leave clues. Drawing on "The Wimsey Papers," in which Sayers showed various members of the family coping with wartime conditions, Walsh has devised an irresistible story set in 1940, at the start of the Blitz in London.

Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country. But war has followed them there---glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Daily life reminds them of the war so constantly that, when the village's first air-raid practice ends with a real body on the ground, it's almost a shock to hear the doctor declare that it was not enemy action, but plain, old-fashioned murder. Or was it?

At the request of the overstretched local police, Harriet reluctantly agrees to investigate. The mystery that unfolds is every bit as literate, ingenious, and compelling as the best of original Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

Comments: (7)
Hellmaster
I read somewhere that Jill Paton Walsh was such a fan of Harriet Vane's that "Gaudy Night" inspired her to attend Oxford.

That's a wonderful little detail, and I love hearing stuff like that. But unfortunately for me as a Lord Peter Wimsey fan, it seems that Walsh's identification with Harriet means that Lord Peter is being winnowed out of her version of Sayers's stories almost completely.

So once again, as with "Thrones, Dominations," we have a solid, competently written book that doesn't feel much like part of the "Lord Peter" series except in name only. Most of the book takes place in WWII England, at Talboys (Harriet's childhood home, and the setting of "Busman's Honeymoon"), and Peter is absent for most of the book, off on mysterious wartime missions.

I really felt like this Harriet-centric narrative device was a mistake. We're left with Harriet's rather straightforward, plainer personality, and without even a little of the Wimsey sparkle, the book drags for long sections. The only relief is a surprisingly enjoyable portrait of Bunter, whose character is believably expanded and who is one of the book's bright spots. But nobody else really feels like themselves. Harriet is more humorless than ever, Kirk and Twitterton are both rather grim and seem to return just for fan-service (and they're completely unlike their "Busman's Honeymoon" selves). But it's the bright, mercurial characters that suffer most -- the Dowager is, like Peter, a shadow of her usually wonderful, funny self, Jerry (Pickled Gherkins) is unrecognizable and lacking his usual charm, and worst of all, Walsh cannot even seem to write Miss Climpson, who is presented without her ever-present breathless over-emphasis and italics (surely Climpson's distinctive voice could have and should have been better captured). It's as if Walsh is writing these faintly dry, academic, competent fan-fictions that happen to include Sayers characters, but she can't seem to capture the real vividness of the characters themselves.

Lord Peter does return eventually, but he's once again rather sparkless. It's not that I think he should be dancing jigs in wartime, but Lord Peter does tend to whistle in the dark, and in addition to that, a sense of humor can be slyly evident as a personality trait even under pressure. With Lord Peter, in fact? Especially under pressure!

But not here. As before, the character just doesn't feel much like Lord Peter at all -- once again, Walsh's take on Lord Peter is rather humorless and stuffy, with little wit or wordplay. Worst of all, she has Lord Peter apologizing repeatedly for being so "foolish" in the past -- this comes up repeatedly, and annoyed me a lot. Lord Peter's 'laughing on the outside' tomfoolery isn't actually foolish, and that's what's fun about the character. He's usually clowning around right when the danger is greatest or when his heart is breaking -- so for Walsh to essentially dismiss and criticize the earlier Sayers (real) Lord Peter as some kind of flighty annoyance is upsetting if you're a fan of the series.

While this was an interesting story that brought to life WWII Britain, I ultimately felt this one was less successful than "Thrones, Dominations," which I also felt was an okay novel, but a substandard attempt at Lord Peter. However, where "Thrones" offered a mystery that felt like Sayers, the mystery here not only is very oddly presented and explored, it's almost thrown away by the end of the book -- almost incidental, as if it doesn't matter. Both books are well-researched and presented, and Walsh obviously enjoys Sayers's works, but it's like hearing a barely competent musician play Mozart -- there's little real feeling to what feels like an almost academic exercise.

I will keep reading Walsh's take -- substandard Lord Peter is better in a weird way than none at all, and I'm interested to see where she takes the characters. But it's been a quiet disappointment, as she has taken so much of the dazzle and dash of one of my favorite characters and made him rather ordinary -- that's the real crime here.

I hope I'm explaining myself well. It's a decent book. But not one to introduce Lord Peter to newcomers, certainly, and only a pale reflection of one of the great literary characters. As an example -- one of my favorite moments in the Lord Peter Wimsey series is a moment in the book "Strong Poison," when Lord Peter is rambling humorously at Harriet about the case (while making yet another marriage proposal), and charmed in spite of herself, she tells him that if anyone ever does marry him, it will be for the pleasure of hearing him "talk piffle."

That's my problem with Walsh's take on the characters. There's plenty of mystery but no piffle.
Oreavi
When I read the completion of the unfinished novel Thrones, Dominions by Jill Paton Walsh, I was impressed by her ability to copy Sayer's voice so well I couldn't tell where one left off and another took over. I had high hopes that she could continue on her own. Unfortunately this book failed to fulfill that promise. Lord Peter is missing, gone on a secret mission, for most of the book, and Lady Peter is just not as interesting when alone.

When he returns, things don't improve much. His ghostly presence reminds us of the old Lord Peter, but he is an anemic shadow of his former self. Jill Paton Walsh just doesn't have the knack of bringing him to life. Sayers was accused of falling in love with her creation, but it made for a robust, lifelike character. Walsh is too detached to bring him to life.
Umrdana
Ms. Walsh does a wonderful job revisiting the tumultuous WWII period and how it affects the Wimsey family. The Duchess is as starchy as ever, the Dowager as delightful, the Duke as bluffly bewildered - Lord Peter and Bunter are mostly off-stage, but as I enjoy Harriet I found this delightful to see her finding her own footing as a wife, mother, and sometimes detective. I didn't mind "Thrones, Domination" although it's not my favorite of "their" adventures, but "A Presumption of Death" does very well at continuing the delicate balancing act of Peter and Harriet's relationship.

Is it Identical to what Sayers might have written? Probably not. Is it enjoyable on its own, by an author who clearly loves all of Sayers' incomparable characters? Oh, absolutely yes! I've collected all four of Walsh's books and am looking forward to more from her in the near future.
Enone
As an affection ado of the original Dorothy Sayers' books, I found this book interesting and a lovely addition to the saga of Lord and Lady Peter. While the author was true to the trope of Harriet Vane stories, she sometimes was wordy, rather than eloquent. To be fair, Sayers command of the language was masterful. There were no wasted words. Walsh, at times, seemed to be trying to mimic Sayers' style with limited success. The story arch lost some of its flow toward the end as the mystery deepened and information became compressed. The uneven pace was, at times, distracting. I will read more from this author because I am addicted to Lord Peter and have been for over 40 years.
Gaudiker
I am listening to the unabridged audio version of POD with Edward Petherbridge (best Wimsey ever). I love Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter mysteries and have read them all multiple times. So I desperately wanted this to be a fair continuation of Peter and Harriet's story. But it is not working for me. At all. The awkward description of wartime Britain, flat characterisation of known characters, intrusive references to older stories and, most of all, the embarrassing crassness of Harriet's behaviour and observations have me muttering "No!" and "That is so stupid!" at distressingly frequent intervals.

Right now I am attempting to recover my respect for Lady Peter after a humiliating and absolutely unnecessary exchange with a Brigadier General about why Peter married her. This uncharacteristic crudeness on Harriet's part is first signaled when, out of the blue, she decides to publicly defame a young woman utterly unknown to her as she (Lady Peter)and half the village wait in a crammed bomb shelter, the ugly comments apparently intended to "lighten the atmosphere". Harriet, with her own painful history, would never have done it. Walsh may be an excellent mystery writer in her own right, but, for me, she is simply incapable of catching the spirit of Sayers' Wimsey series.
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