Some months later, a handless, disfigured corpse is discovered in a fresh grave in the churchyard. Lord Peter receives a plea for help from the rector and embarks on one of his most complicated investigations - for this is not the first crime the village has experienced.
Fifteen years ago the Wilbraham Emeralds were stolen, and they are still missing. Can there be any link?
©2008 The Estate of Anthony Fleming; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I remember reading that this novel was considered one of the best detective stories every written....a big call I know...but now having read/heard it, I would pretty much agree that it is up there. Sayers writes beautifully and the story is so clever .....you do have to like Lord Peter Whimsey though....if you don't like the between the wars era or that type of seemingly airheaded nobility that apparently only England can produce....avoid this. But the story line is SENSATIONAL
I am amazed at how much research must have gone in to the creation of some of this story. I find Ian Carmichael's narration and characterisation wonderful as always Unfortunately the last few minutes had been cut off from my download and I had to ring a friend to be certain of the ending.
Does anybody else find Ian Carmichael completely hammy and irritating? No? Okay, then. This is one of my favourite Wimsey stories, alongside Gaudy Night and Murder Must Advertise. The atmosphere is just wonderful, especially if you can set aside the appalling classism that permeates all of Sayer's writing. While the character of Wimsey entertains and irritates me in equal measure, and the books are often a little overfull of deliberate obscurity, the woman could really write. The setting, the characters (especially the parson and his wonderful wife), the mystery, the everyday details are all superbly drawn. it feels a little like slipping into a warm bath on a cold night.
I am disappointed that so few of the series is available as an audiobook (as opposed to dramatisation ie abridgement) and that all that are available have Carmichael as the narrator. But even still, this is a wonderful audiobook that I can strongly recommend to fans of the classic british detection novel.
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We didn't finish this one. It got a bit complicated and we just couldn't get into it.
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