Story is ok but Walsh doesn't have anywhere near the writing chops of Sayers. Okay.
Lord Peter & Harriet are long-time favorites. I really enjoyed Walsh's continuation of the story, which I had not read before in any format. For me it is the beloved characters more than the mystery that rated the 5-Stars. And the slowly unfolding mystery was a good read, if not up to Sayers very high standard of detective fiction. Hoping Audible will continue to fill in the missing stories by both Sayers and Walsh.
I'm a retired college professor in love with books in all formats.
I enjoy the rare occasion when an author successfully continues a famous series, but most attempts result in dull, pale imitations. Jill Paton Walsh continues Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels as well as it can be done. Not only do I believe most Sayers fans will love her, but if you DON'T like Sayers you probably won't like Walsh for the same reason!
"The Attenbury Emeralds" adds an interesting twist by combining an early mystery with a contemporary (to the narrator) one. We find out a little more about Bunter's early days with Lord Peter, and more about the families that developed after their marriages. And oh, yes, the mystery is a good one too!
I love the original Dorothy Sayers books. Jill Paton Walsh does as excellent job of continuing the series in most respects. The main difference is that Lord and Lady Peter no longer toss quotations back and forth as freely, which is a relatively minor thing.
Others have commented adversely on the sound quality of this recording. When I first tried to listen to it while driving, it was unintelligible. When I gave it one last try, NOT in the car, it was totally clear. Maybe the speakers, maybe a cleaner download, whatever the cause, no longer a problem.
I have always loved Edward Petherbridge's portrayal of Peter Whimsey. This is so correct and yet so pleasant and true to the legacy of Dorothy Sayers.
There's nothing about this book that I don't like. The narrator is excellent, in fact I've used this book to low myself to sleep at night,his voice is that calming.
The story has many twists and turns but manages to be a cohesive story. There are no real surprises but it still managed to hold my attention.
I listen to these books purely for fun, my reviews are not meant to be scholarly or pretentious, I either like a book or I don't. I liked this book.
While the story of the emerald mystery was intriguing - I struggled to finish the book. The events repeated again and again and again, must have been 9 times for seemingly no reason. The narrator's accent was authentic British but added to the painful tedium of each repetitive chapter. I am sorry to be so negative but these are hours I will never get back. I have always heard of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries & wanted to try one -- think I will stick to DVDs. Cannot recommend.
This is definitely my favorite of Ms. Walsh's Wimsey mysteries. She's developed the characters - both Peter and Harriet - in interesting ways while still keeping them true to the "feeling" of the Sayers originals.
Lord Peter. This is why I read and listen to the Lord Peter stories!
His voice often fades away to a whisper. I usually listen to stories in my car or while working in the yard. The fact that his voice often fades away meant that I didn't hear a lot of this story. It's being done for dramatic effect, but it's not a dramatic effect if you can't hear it. This probably wouldn't be a problem if I was listening while sitting still on noise-cancelling headphones, but that's not how I listen to stories.
Ms. Walsh's Lord Peter stories have gotten stronger with each one. Keep up the good work, and let's see where the characters go from here!
The author is a true heir to Dorothy Sayers. The marvelous actor Edward Petherbridge narrates. He was a great Peter Wimsey in the series and also does the rest of the voices beautifully. I was especially taken with his voices for two working class older London women.
It was not a very exciting mystery as the lead character, Lord Peter, looks back over 30 years in a complicated plot. It was an historical fiction mystery and I did enjoy reading about the post-World War II descriptions of England and the friends and relatives who were unable to return to their aristocratic lifestyles. I also liked discovering the relationship between Bunter, the man servant, and Lord Peter. That was very interesting.
The mystery dragged, however, and this was my first book ever of the Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Perhaps if I was already a fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey series, I would have enjoyed it better.
The narrator, Edward Petherbridge, was excellent.