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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Paton Walsh Narrator: Edward Petherbridge Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mysteries Release Date:
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The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury’s dazzling heirloom launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective in 1921. Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds. As Harriet and Peter contemplate the changes that the war has wrought on English society—and Peter, who always cherished the liberties of a younger son, faces the unwanted prospect of ending up the Duke of Denver after all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pitch-perfect Golden Age mystery; not a pastiche but a gem of a period puzzle that belongs on the shelf beside the Wimsey originals.”

    The Financial Times

  • “Fans will be pleased that it is an absolute treat: civilized, intelligent, and spellbinding…Channeling the authority Sayers employed right up to her final book, Walsh shows that she has the full measure of the imperishable Lord Peter and the hyper-intelligent Harriet Vane.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Walsh successfully re-creates the tone and personalities of the originals and plausibly depicts the main characters later in life. Fans of literate period mysteries will clamor for more.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Small delights include glimpses of the three Wimsey sons, all bright and beautiful, and the loyal Bunter moving with changing mores but steadfast affection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book! Cant wait to read it again! Definitely going into my permanent book rotation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by E Goldberg | 2/6/2014

    " Very slow. Long. Drawn out. Think I prefer Dorothy Sayers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlotte | 2/4/2014

    " Jill Patton Walsh would be the first to say that she is no Dorothy L. Sayers, and she would be right. My love of serial narrative keeps me reading these books even though I sort of dislike them--the banter is not the same. Part of Sayers's charm was that while she loved Peter Wimsey, she didn't like him very much. Walsh likes him too much, and so she never lets him be quite as ridiculous as he ought to be. Anyway, this was probably the best of the lot so far--I really hated Thrones, Dominations, the Sayers book Walsh finished for her. I liked a lot of the second half of this one, although it was really saccharine at times, and I find references like "this could never happen in a novel" IN A NOVEL to be really dumb. But I did enjoy the storyline about what became of Duke's Denver, and I love Harriet. Is mediocre more Harriet better than no more Harriet ever? Hard to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/31/2014

    " I'm enjoying this. It isn't quite as close to Sayers own work as either 'Thrones, Dominations' or 'A Presumption of Death' but I'm a serious fan of Sayers and still enjoying it, which is the highest recommendation I can give. Not 5 stars because it isn't Quite right. but close! "

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About the Author
Author Jill Paton Walsh

Jill Paton Walsh was born in London and educated at St. Michael’s Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. In 1996 she received the CBE for services to literature and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. An award-winning author, she lives in Cambridge with her husband John Rowe Townsend.