Based on the characters created by Dorothy L. Sayers.
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, Peter, who always cherished the liberties of a younger son, faces the unwanted prospect of ending up the Duke of Denver after all.
©2010 Jill Paton Walsh and the Trustees of Anthony Fleming, deceased. (P)2011 AudioGo
I've read all the Lord Peter mysteries by Dorothy Sayers multiple times. This book is both a sequel and a prequel. In 1950, having survived 2 wars, Peter recounts to his beloved wife Harriet his first solved mystery. We get to see him, Bunter, Parker and others in their youth. Then this same mystery turns out to have repercussions in modern times. Walsh does a great job of using the style of Sayers and reassuring us that Peter and Harriet lose none of their sharpness or their affection over the years, come what may. The narration is good, could be a bit more forceful, but seems to match Lord Peter's personality.
I found this story to follow the style of Sayers' writing very well, and the reader was superb. The characters did have different relationships to each other than in the old Wimsey stories, but it was believable that their relationships could have evolved this way over time. The reader was amazing, and made me clearly visualize this as a performance by my favorite Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane actors, Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and highly recommend it for fans of the BBC series.
Walsh gives the reader one more opportunity to follow Lord Peter Wimsey through a case of murder and mystery in the English aristocracy. The characters were flawlessly Sayers and flawlessly performed.
The ending was less than satisfying, with no real surprises but also no "aha" moment. Some unexpected events and artifacts appear out of nowhere, with little connection to the rest of the story.
Lord Peter was not only written with his original voice, but Petherbridge brought him to life with true accuracy. His subtle portrayal of this reluctant aristocrat was flawless.
I truly enjoyed spending time with the characters as written and read. So,
I did listen essentially in one sitting, but not because it was a particular page-turner. It's not.
This novel, which imagines Lord Peter Wimsey's first case, Is for lovers of the work of Dorothy Sayers. Those unfamiliar with the characters may experience the story as a bit weak. But, the exceptional performance goes a long way toward masking the flaws.
Edward Petherbridge is on video, as well as audio, the quintessential Lord Peter!!
Description of the trial of Lady Diana--brilliant, simply brilliant.
The Dowager Countess
What joy one more Lord Peter story. If I could have one author added to audible it would be Dorothy Sayers. The Lord Peter novels were the first recorded books I checked out of the library and I was hooked. Please bring Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter titles to Audible.
Book is excellent ,,, but absolutely worst audio ever as others have mentioned. I believe that the recording/sound engineering is flawed on Part 1: even playing this with extra speakers on my PC, it was still too low to hear unless I held the speaker on my shoulder. The second half was better (does not drop off at the end of the words like the first half does) but still something seriously wrong with the producing or copying of this audiobook. Audible should get their money back and have this re-recorded, and offer a discount to those of us who tried to make sense out of the plot with missed indistinct words in the first half of the book.
Paton Walsh is very true to Sayers voice
I will never listen to anything by this narrator again. First half of book, the last word in every phrase or sentence trailed off to a whisper and was indistinct. In both halves of book, the sound was not loud enough, even with an extra boosted speaker turned "full up"
A real shame this great book was ruined by the sound engineering. I would love to have all Sayers works in audio - but NOT with this narrator/sound quality
Paton Walsh faithfully portrayed Peter and Harriet as usual. The story wasn't great. It was a long time into the book before we got to a decent mystery. Even then, there was no real suspense. The best part of the book was the non-mystery subplot. The worst was the narration. It was almost uniformly performed in a sepulchral whisper with little differentiation between characters.
Story jumped around between current everyday activities and the mystery. Good for longtime fans of Peter and Harriet but it dragged the tale out
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.
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