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A Presumption of Death

Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
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In A Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh tells how World War II changed the lives of Peter, Harriet and their growing family.

The story opens in 1940. Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Then the village's first air raid practise ends with a very real body on the ground - not a war casualty but a case of plain, old-fashioned murder. And even before the second body is found, Lord Peter Wimsey and his brilliant wife are on their way to finding the killer.

©2002 Jill Paton Walsh and the Trustees of Anthony Fleming, deceased (P)2003 Audible

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Dorothy L Sayers is smiling...

All Lord Peter's friends have been waiting for over 50 years to hear how it developes between Harriet & him - and here we have a storyteller who really is living with Harriet & Peter - and makes us live with them again. Finally! Wonderful reading - a very good continuation of Ian Carmichael's undying performances!

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  • Barbara Hembling
  • 02-07-17

Better than Sayers on her own!

Great narrator, for me he is Lord Peter. Can't wait to read another read by him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-17

Give us more please

This new series of Wimesy books just get better and better thank for resurrecting him

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  • Ashley
  • 01-21-19

Wordy, but who cares?!

I love Sayers and her amateur sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey and this delivers much of what a fan might want. There’s a pleasantly elusive crime, the backdrop of rural England at the beginning of the Second World War and our favourite characters from the golden age. Sayers herself stopped writing crime fiction as the war started and committed herself to more important work and her fictional alter ego, Harriet Vane (now Lady Peter - mother of two boys) also reflects that everything pales against the crisis facing the country in early 1940. There is a LOT of reflection and historical detail - too much perhaps? But eased by the authoritative and flexible tones of Edward Petherbridge this does not strike this listener as over burdensome. Some attempt is made to mitigate the obvious inequities of that time for more modern sensibilities and this grates a little. Sayers had a more robust and pragmatic air about her writing when considering the injustices of the world she lived in. But this is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

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  • pauline wallin
  • 12-20-18

Superb wartime yarn on the home front.

Brilliant, funny, emotional and fiendishly clever. Lord Peter and Harriet Vane on top form. Bravo.

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  • Rachel
  • 04-23-18

True to the spirit of Dorothy L Sayers

This novel channels the DLS Lord Peter Wimsey stories with a murder mystery at its heart but is also a brilliantly engaging story of life in England at the beginning of the Second World War.

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  • LuLu
  • 03-29-18

A well put together & very enjoyable mystery!

Really enjoyed this entertaining story! Keeps you guessing to the end & written so well as a follow on from the original Lord Peter Wimsey crime story series by Dorothy L Sayers.

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  • jill phillips
  • 03-02-18

What a treasured find

I found this book delightful, I often do not ke books written by authors after the style of those I have enjoyed for years using the same characters but this was the exception. I have purchased the next in the series and very much look forward to it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-27-18

Satisfied

Thoroughly absorbed by this tale and enjoyed being enveloped in the world presented. Performance by Edward Petherbridge was ideal and, as on TV, shows himself an entirely credible Peter Wimsey. Satisfied with book and audio.

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  • Karen
  • 03-29-17

Not quite Dorothy L Sayers but not far off

I love Lord Peter Wimsey and Ian Carmichael's narration is peerless in my opinion so I approached this with some trepidation. Whilst the solution is not as complex as many of Dorothy L Sayers stories I think Jill Paton Walsh has managed to capture the spirit of the characters beautifully and Edward Petheridge makes a decent fist of the narration.

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