Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Thrones, Dominations (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane) Paperback – September 4, 2012
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
If Jill Paton Walsh had written nothing else, this would stand as a career-defining triumph. I was incredulous when another Sayers aficianado told me that an Oxford alum had mustered the overweening chutzpah to touch divine Dottie and finish "Thrones, Dominations." It would not (and could not) be "The Nine Tailors" or "Gaudy Night"--Dottie herself was growing bored with Lord Peter by the time she novelized the play "Busman's Honeymoon" and could not have approached the brilliance of either masterpiece, even if she had lived to complete the novel herself. But I was floored, positively floored, by Walsh's accomplishment. As the concluding Author's Note states, Sayers' "Gaudy Night" inspired Walsh to go to Oxford, and this is Walsh's thank-you, a painstaking labor of love.
In "Thrones, Dominations," the almost idyllic Wimsey union is paralleled by a more troubled, more forced, more fake marriage between a shallow, stupid beauty (think Dian Momerie of Peter's former acquaintance) and a theatre man--until the shallow beauty, whom the brilliant, honest Harriet was attempting to befriend with predictable difficulty, turns up dead. The ensuing mystery unfolds with Sayeresque twists and turns, and Walsh can be forgiven for not bewildering the reader with several apparently airtight alibis and plausible murderers, as Sayers and only a handful of other mystery writers have been able to do.
How did Walsh do it?Read more ›
The story picks up a few months after BUSMAN'S HONEYMOON. Lord Peter and Harriet have returned to their London residence, Harriet is still trying to adjust to her new lifestyle and both are struggling with Peter's family. A murder takes place involving a young couple with which they are acquainted. Peter and Parker solve the crime with the assistance of Harriet and Bunter.
The scenes of the Wimseys' domestic life are wonderful, and well written. Harriet finally standing up to her overbearing sister-in-law is fantastic! There are many delightful journal enteries from the Dowager Duchess as well as scenes with many old friends from previous novels.
The flaws I found were really more in the editing than the writing. Some passages could have been trimmed a bit, perhaps others even eliminated since fans of Lord Peter and Harriet Vane really don't need to be reminded of the back story. More details about the time period, particularly Edward and Mrs Simpson, the rise of Hitler and the changing of societal rules were added in this work than in the original stories but Ms Sayers was writing for a contemporary audience while Ms Walsh's readers are separated from the era by seventy years.
Oh yes -- the mystery itself isn't half bad (LOVE that walk through the London sewers!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book some years ago, before I started reviewing books online. Having just reread it, I thought I'd better make up for that lack. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen A. Wyle
This book picks up the Lord Peter Wimsey series and moves it ahead convincingly and consistently with Dorothy Sayers' earlier series.Published 1 month ago by Howard Hile
Worthy contribution to Sayers work. Not exciting, but definitely competent, very literate, and interesting, anyway.Published 1 month ago by Randal
Jill Paton Walsh may have captured the tone of the era this book is set in, but the plot is non-existent and the characters (including the delightful Lord Peter and Harriet Vane)... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Expat
It would be fascinating to learn where Dorothy Sayers's manuscript broke off and Jill Paton Walsh took over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aquila
I was overjoyed to discover additions to my favorite Peter Wimsey series. And the story itself does not disappoint. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SDW