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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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781482980134
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 1/25/2014

    " Close to the inimitable Miss Sayers. Very well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 1/24/2014

    " OK, 4.5, but the extra .5 is because this was just what I wanted. Spending more time with some of my favorite characters and seeing where their lives led them ... for a fan of Lord Peter and his Harriet, it couldn't get much better. Jill Patton Walsh doesn't seem to hit a single false note in her portrayal of the characters, and if the mystery is only of vague interest, the surrounding events and the effect on the characters kept me glued to the page. I enjoyed the other Wimsey books by Walsh, but I think this is by far my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/5/2014

    " Decent mystery based on the characters from Dorothy Sayers' characters. Focuses on a set of disputed family emeralds and the various legend surrounding them. The main problem with the book was that there were too many characters with similar names, and it was confusing to tell who was who. Also, the book was a little long and slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gray | 1/5/2014

    " total treat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen S | 12/31/2013

    " Well, not bad, but still not Sayers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/18/2013

    " Definitely not on a par with Sayers - and not even as consistent as the other two Lord Peter books that J.P.W. worked on (possibly because those were still based on notes of Sayer's). But it's still a good read, lots of familiar, beloved characters and a very good little plot :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/29/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this. Sometimes the continuation of a classic by a new author is jarring but I think Walsh recreated the tone and style of Sayres very well. It was nice to visit old friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2013

    " Disappointing. A sort of inferior Moonstone. Only Peter and Harriet's domestic life made it worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 12/2/2012

    " This book doesn't hold a candle to the Dorothy L. Sayers books, of course. Comparing them will just leave you disappointed. A decent ho-hum kind of mystery. I enjoyed it more than I would have otherwise because I love Lord Peter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 8/1/2012

    " Read just for another glimpse of Peter and Harriet. Not a bad story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doanie Frederick | 5/1/2012

    " Walsh is doing a great job continuing the Peter Wimsey books. She stays true to the characters and the feel of the original books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/3/2011

    " I enjoyed the book in and of itself as a story. Somehow,though, it didn't have the "bite" of the original series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/1/2011

    " This book is better than I expected. Most subsequent novels by other authors are poor imitations. This
    book is not. Though Lord Peter is not so whimsical in this book it still has a good plot and is good
    reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/19/2011

    " Not where I would have taken this series. I liked her previous one much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/14/2011

    " I have always loved the Lord Peter Whimsey novels by Dorothy Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh is a worthy successor. She has moved the characters forward very believably, her writing has some of Sayers elegance and the mystery hold up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/6/2011

    " Walsh isn't Sayers but, having said that, this is a very good read and a very complex mystery. I hope she'll keep writing about Peter and Harriet. I enjoyed this tremendously and would really like a sequel.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 4/6/2011

    " 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 Leslie | 4/5/2011

    " Read just for another glimpse of Peter and Harriet. Not a bad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbaker | 3/26/2011

    " I worried if a new Lord Peter Wimsey and his intrepid wife and valet would be a good idea, however, this book with it's double timeline won me over. An older and wiser Lord Peter was wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/21/2011

    " I enjoyed the book in and of itself as a story. Somehow,though, it didn't have the "bite" of the original series. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Edward Petherbridge’s theater experience is extensive. He originated the role of Guildenstern in the original production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and he has been nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Nicholas Nickleby and the other for Strange Interlude. For the latter he also received an Olivier Award. His television and film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, An Awfully Big Adventure, No Strings, and Lord Peter Wimsey.