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In her second Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane whodunit, Booker Prize finalist Walsh (Knowledge of Angels) does a far better job of honoring Sayers than she did in their first posthumous collaboration, Thrones, Dominations (1998). Walsh's starting point here is "The Wimsey Papers," a series of letters on home front conditions, ostensibly written by various members of the Wimsey family, which ran in the Spectator at the outset of WWII. Lord Peter himself is offstage for most of the novel, involved in some covert mission in Europe, leaving his wife to take care of their household. When a young Land Girl is found murdered during an air raid, the local superintendent enlists Harriet's aid. Harriet's traditional line of inquiry into possible spurned suitors is diverted when an eccentric and seemingly paranoid dentist discloses that the quiet, ordinary village of Paggleham is actually a nest of German spies. Despite Peter's diminished role, he remains a vital presence throughout, thanks to his place at the center of Harriet's thoughts. Should Walsh have no further original Sayers material to draw on, she seems perfectly suited to continue the series entirely on her own.
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In 1939–40, a series of letters, ostensibly written by Dorothy L. Sayers’ beloved characters, were published in The Spectator. Walsh has taken these letters and transformed them into an absolutely top-notch tale of what Lord Peter, Lady Harriet, and their extended families were doing at that time. Walsh captures voice and spirit and locale with vividness and pathos: Harriet is at Talboys with her two boys and three nieces and nephews; Peter and his gentleman’s gentleman Bunter are abroad on a secret mission; war work, rationing, and billeting of children and soldiers mingle with the quotidian countryside life. How Harriet handles the incredible task of managing life, children, and estate in wartime is gracefully portrayed and fascinating. How much she misses Peter catches the heart, especially when a cipher is brought to her, upon which his safety depends, that only she can unravel. There is a murder during a practice air raid. Bunter returns, exhausted and alone. The older children struggle with a crystal radio set. Harriet focuses her fierce intelligence on writing up, for Peter, the myriad clues about the murdered woman, and when he returns, they find resolution in a most unexpected series of ways. The details about life in wartime Britain are fascinating and rich with the warmth of reality. Longtime Sayers devotees will find references to many earlier cases expertly woven through the text. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Not awful but also nowhere near Sayers. World War II background info is interesting thoughPublished 11 days ago by Beverly B. Allen
Superb writing and story line from the author...Dorothy Sayer would be proud.the storyline held my attention to the end.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Walsh has done a tremendous job of channeling the best of Dorothy Sayers, adding interesting insights into the civilian experience of WWII in England along with a thoughtful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kathryn kassem
I am very fond of the work done by Dorothy Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. JPW completed Sayers' unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey novel, "Thrones, Dominations," to general... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellell Bee
It's about how the war starts to reduce the circumstances of the British aristocracy.Published 1 month ago by rebecca trefren
I enjoyed this read as it took me back to England pre-WWII. I felt as if were in the story and not just watching. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Summer Winter
After reading "Thrones, Dominations", I was curious enough to purchase this book to see how Jill Paton Walsh's writing would do with less guidance from Dorothy Sayers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer