Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Attenbury Emeralds: The New Lord Peter Wimsey/ Harriet Vane Mystery

The Attenbury Emeralds: 
The New Lord Peter Wimsey/ Harriet Vane Mystery
By Jill Paton Walsh

4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Complicated...

Ms Walsh has written two other "Whimsey" mysteries with the original Whimsey/Vane" author Dorothy Sayers...this was a great foundation to build on.

In The Attenbury Emeralds: The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery, this story, she has kept the feeling of mystery and challenge that permeates previous Lord Peter Whimsey stories.

The characters remain true - Bunter, the resourceful and intrepid manservant; Harriet, Lady Peter Whimsey, nee Vane, a mystery writer in her own right; Lord Peter, tenacious, honorable and as intelligent as ever.

The Attenbury emerald (singular) disappears; is replaced with a genuine but slightly different twin; both are stolen and returned or found, but which is which and "whodunit".

The mystery is deliciously complicated and solved in the quiet conversational way of all Whimsey mysteries, causing the reader to puzzle out the clues along with the protagonists. Great read!

Product Description from Amazon:
In 1936, Dorothy L. Sayers abandoned the last Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. Sixty years later, a brown paper parcel containing a copy of the manuscript was discovered in her agent’s safe in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result of the pairing of Dorothy L. Sayers with Walsh was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations.

Now, following A Presumption of Death, set during World War II, comes a new Sayers-inspired mystery featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, revisiting his very first case. . . . It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury Emeralds. The recovery of the gems in Lord Attenbury’s dazzling heirloom collection made headlines—and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective.
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—and Peter, who always cherished the liberties of a younger son, faces the unwanted prospect of ending up the Duke of Denver after all—Jill Paton Walsh brings us a masterful new chapter in the annals of one of the greatest detectives of all time.

Disclaimer: this book was chosen from the Amazon Vine Program and I received it free of charge  - this does not change a review for me  - however I choose not to post reviews that earn below a 3 star review.

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