While it isn't quite the gob-smacking whingdinger that Gaudy Night or Murder Must Advertise is, Paton Walsh continues to do a really very nice job developing the characters of Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. The conceit of splitting action between a shell-shocked Peter's first detectival foray and the post-WWII Wimseys' lives helps smooth over any minor, inevitable discontinuities in style or characterization. I particularly enjoyed Walsh's treatment of the changes in class distinctions in post-WWII Britain, and the way she explored both Peter's and Bunter's likely reactions to those changes--something Sayers herself seemed unsure how to handle, based on Bunter's near-absence from her last few works.
I downloaded this fascinating book, which I started in paperback on a plane, so I could finish reading it on my daily autocommute. Unfortunately, Kolata's nasal voice and flat affect do not do justice to the riveting true horror-story and history lesson that her well-researched and eminently readable book otherwise provide.
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