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
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Attenbury Emeralds. It has been one of my favorite audiobooks this year!
The story used the telling of an old mystery solved by Lord Peter to draw you in, then gave you some twists on the storyline bringing the mystery up to the current time in the Wimsey household. The plot was intriguing and kept my interest all the way through. I was glad to learn about the changes in the Wimsey family over time, and the author was able to seamlessly weave in Bunter's story as well as an update on the lives of Lord Peter's lineage, including the Duke of Denver.
To me, Edward Petherbridge is Lord Peter. I enjoyed his performance, but his tone was nearly a whisper at times making it difficult to hear.
Having a previous knowledge of the main characters, I was intrigued by this new tale. It was hard to turn it off.
I am anxiously waiting for other Jill Paton Walsh's Lord Peter Wimsey stories to be available in audiobooks. More please!
I have been using auduo books for a lot of years starting with the cassette and have collected nearly all the Lord Peter series, this is one of the best
The Dower Dutchess's letter to her friend in New York, at the ending
yes, and will continue to do so, this is a keeper
audio download is magic and one of the best of technology as far as I am concerned
No, thought I was getting a Dorothy Sayers, got a wanna-be instead.
Not this author.
Boston Book Lover
I love hearing the different characters. Gives much more of a feel for the story.
Bunter. Always ready.
Ability to do different convincing voices.
No. I was content to listen in stages.
The book was alright but the narration was lousy. The narrator speaks in a breathy tone and whispers all the time. I tried listening twice and gave up within five minutes. It was very frustrating trying to hear what was being read.
No. I have read most books of lord Peter Whimpsy but this is the first time that I got the audiobook.
He whispers a lot of the time or he speaks in a breathy way. Not good at all.
Yes, the narrator was wonderful and very soothing.
The main character was interesting and his wife was also very unique and well-drawn.
A little slow but give it a chance!
yes - because of the excellent narration by Edward Petherbridge - who was to me the most perfect Lord Peter Wimsey
it had as many strange, unexpected twists as the Dorothy L. Sayers originals
the scene by the pink marble sundial - I love it when people stay in love
It was just time well spent with characters I have loved since early adolescence
Please get "Gaudy Night" recorded - then the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane series will be complete.
I love Dorothy L Sayers! I really enjoy Jill Paton Walsh's story and Edward Petherbridge's narration. Is it D.L. Sayer's of course not but who cares it's just as much fun!!
Jill Paton Walsh has adapted to the style of Dorothy Sayers wonderfully.
The story draws you in and the many layers unfold gracefully, following the pattern of mystery stories from the 20s and 30s. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterization of an older Peter and Harriet, and the growth of Bunter is just as I would have imagined. There is room here for the development of further plots and I look forward to seeing what Walsh will come up with in the future.
The scenes with Peter and Harriet discussing the events and deciding how to move forward in the investigation drew me into the plot and the discussion of the weight of the ducal duties was fascinating.
A thoroughly readable book that took me back to the days when I first read Sayers, Marsh, Christie, Allingham. A wonderful piece of work!
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