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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

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True to characters if not to language and discretion.

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.

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A Jewel

This is my first audio book and the reason I took this version as well as the kindle version is the narration by Edward Petherbridge whose performance in the tv adaptations of Peter Wimsey cases I have greatly enjoyed , so it is a pleasure to hear his superb rendition of another tale , more please

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Not Dorothy Sayers but Well Done Edward Petherbrid

Would you consider the audio edition of The Attenbury Emeralds to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Reasonably appropriate end to the mystery. A few giant signs going along but a good effort

Which character – as performed by Edward Petherbridge – was your favourite?

Edward Petherbridge does a great Lord Peter. I think he gets the timbre correct so it feels right.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Obviously, there was a big moment.

Any additional comments?

Compared to the horrible woman who was commissioned to read the original books and who can neither pronounce any appropriately nor give any sense to the glories of the stories, Edward Petherbridge is great to listen to and does the best he can with a book which will never be as good as its progenitors. Why not just make up your own characters and start again dear author?

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not Ian Carmichael and not Dorothy Sayers but

maybe I'm being unfair. Enjoyed it the more I listened. Just used to the "original".

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Like the curate's egg.

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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  • 22-04-17

Lord Peter at his best

I absolutely adore the LPW books by DLS and taken up by Jill Paton Walsh.

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  • Ulla
  • 7400 Herning, Denmark
  • 21-12-16

Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Attenbury Emeralds?

Over long and too many irrelevant side stories. I kept thinking "When are we getting back to the actual story" It was just boring.

What was most disappointing about Jill Paton Walsh’s story?

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.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Petherbridge?

Almost anyone who was not trying to emulate Ian Carmichael with such poor result.

What character would you cut from The Attenbury Emeralds?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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excellent piece of Whimsey worthy of his creator,

beautifully read , expertly crafted story, enjoyed to the end, delicately woven touches of romance too

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I loved this book

The book was well read with an interesting and surprising plot as well as a lot of new information about the family and their adjustment to post war life. I wish that Jill Paton Walsh had written more in the Lord Peter series. I have now listened to this book three times and it was every bit as enjoyable on the second and third reading.

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A Perfect Lord Peter<br />

Thoroughly enjoyable performance by Edward Petherbridge , imaculate pacing & dramatic intonation . Gaudy Night

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  • 10-04-18

A terrific mystery- worthy of Sayers

Jill Paton Walsh has done a superb job of imagining Peter in his sixties recounting the tale of his first attempt at sleuthing. The story moves on to a very clever, well developed tale full of convoluted twists and developments that really could have come from the pen of Sayers. The narration is mostly very good, but the mood and tone has an elegiac air that pervades the reading and occasionally becomes rather wearisime at times. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story enormously, and would thoroughly recommend to lovers of complex mysteries and Peter Wimsey.