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The Attenbury Emeralds | [Jill Paton Walsh]

The Attenbury Emeralds

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12
    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story!"

    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!!

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    Jane Tracys Landing, MD, United States 02-07-12
    Jane Tracys Landing, MD, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to The Attenbury Emeralds again? Why?

    Jill Paton Walsh has adapted to the style of Dorothy Sayers wonderfully.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 01-28-12
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2003

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    "The joy of Lord Peter"

    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.

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    Katherine Durham, NC, United States 01-05-12
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    "Lord Peter is back!"

    Edward Petherbridge is THE voice of Lord Peter in my head, so it was a treat to hear him reading Walsh's new tale. I enjoyed the story very much, the mystery, the insights into post-war British society, seeing how the Wimseys and Bunters and their friends have fared. I've mixed feelings always about Walsh's Lord Peter novels though. Even when I can't put my finger on any defect, I am always conscious that they were not written by Dorothy L. Sayers. And, I can't quite decide whether it is comforting to see one of my favorite literary characters age, or if I would have preferred to leave the ravages of time up to my own imagination.

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    Carole Christiansted, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 10-03-11
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    "Good story, problem narrator"

    I have never felt the need to write a review before, although I appreciate other readers' comments. But this is so annoying I need to share it. Why does this narrator whisper all the time? The story line does not appear to require it, and it is very distracting.

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