It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's most dazzling heirloom made headlines - and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective.
Now it is 1951. A happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury - grandson of Lord Peter's first client - seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921.
It will be the most intricate and challenging mystery he has ever faced....
©2010 Jill Paton Walsh and the Trustees of Anthony Fleming, deceased (P)2011 AudioGo
Over long and too many irrelevant side stories. I kept thinking "When are we getting back to the actual story" It was just boring.
I am convinced that Dorothy L. Sayers will turn in her grave. It had none of 'her elegant story telling. Both Peter Wimsey and Harriet we portrayed in an overly sentimental way.
It was a poor copy. It had no soul.
Almost anyone who was not trying to emulate Ian Carmichael with such poor result.
Wimsey's children and Bunter's son were irrelevant. The sister-in-law and the mother-in-law and her letters were given much too much space.
Also, the whole story about the fire and what to do with the "Ole Pile". Totally irrelevant.
I am sure that Dorothy L. Sayers would have written this story in a captivating way. This was mostly a boring pastiche.
On the whole, lesser writers should be barred from writing other peoples stories and adopting other writer's characters.
This was supposed to be a detective novel and it lost it's way.
I am usually wary of books/characters 'taken-on' by other writers after the author's death. However I believe this stays true to the characters Sayers created.
This is a good effort by Jill Paton Walsh but some modern language starts creeping in. More so I think than is justified even in the post war era in which it is set.
The increased use of mild bad language and more blatant talk adulterous affairs, drugs and prostitution somewhat spoils the 'safe' feel of Dorothy L Sayers' original books
But the. characters are kept to very faithfully. And do nothing that is unbelievable for what has already been written about them.
The reader is perfect and I believe he actually played Lord Peter in a number of screen adaptations of Sayer's later books.
As to be expected this was a very complicated plot but was well worth continuing with. Lovely to meet their children. Narration rather slow in places.
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