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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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Loved it

As a die hard Lord Peter fan, I wasn't sure how I would feel about someone else taking on the mantle of writing them.

I am glad I decided to go ahead and give them a chance. I loved this book. I have read other reviews says "she isn't Dorothy L. Sayers". Of course she isn't (no one is), but Ms. Paton Walsh has done justice by these beloved characters. I very much look forward to reading the rest of Ms. Paton Walsh's Wimsey books.

And great heavens, Edward Petherbridge is marvelous.

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A charming and welcome addition to Dorothy Sayers wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries!

Well crafted and beautifully narrated "new" Wimsey mystery, with exceptionally fine characterization of Lady Harriet, always my favorite persona in these stories. Delightful!

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Disappointing

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.

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Enjoyable but somewhat scattered

Story jumped around between current everyday activities and the mystery. Good for longtime fans of Peter and Harriet but it dragged the tale out

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Not a Sayers novel

Story is ok but Walsh doesn't have anywhere near the writing chops of Sayers. Okay.

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Wonderfully Captures the Wimsey Spirit

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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Compares well with Sayers

I enjoy the rare occasion when an author successfully continues a famous series, but most attempts result in dull, pale imitations. Jill Paton Walsh continues Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels as well as it can be done. Not only do I believe most Sayers fans will love her, but if you DON'T like Sayers you probably won't like Walsh for the same reason!

"The Attenbury Emeralds" adds an interesting twist by combining an early mystery with a contemporary (to the narrator) one. We find out a little more about Bunter's early days with Lord Peter, and more about the families that developed after their marriages. And oh, yes, the mystery is a good one too!

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Good story, but not for the car

I love the original Dorothy Sayers books. Jill Paton Walsh does as excellent job of continuing the series in most respects. The main difference is that Lord and Lady Peter no longer toss quotations back and forth as freely, which is a relatively minor thing.

Others have commented adversely on the sound quality of this recording. When I first tried to listen to it while driving, it was unintelligible. When I gave it one last try, NOT in the car, it was totally clear. Maybe the speakers, maybe a cleaner download, whatever the cause, no longer a problem.

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Lovely book and so very British

I have always loved Edward Petherbridge's portrayal of Peter Whimsey. This is so correct and yet so pleasant and true to the legacy of Dorothy Sayers.

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  • Charlotte
  • HONOLULU, HI, United States
  • 04-27-15

I'm no critic

There's nothing about this book that I don't like. The narrator is excellent, in fact I've used this book to low myself to sleep at night,his voice is that calming.
The story has many twists and turns but manages to be a cohesive story. There are no real surprises but it still managed to hold my attention.
I listen to these books purely for fun, my reviews are not meant to be scholarly or pretentious, I either like a book or I don't. I liked this book.