A Presumption of Death

A Presumption of Death #2019

A Presumption of Death While Lord Peter is abroad on a secret mission Harriet Vane now Lady Peter Wimsey takes their children to safety in the country But there s no escape from war rumors of spies abound glamorous RAF
  • Title: A Presumption of Death
  • Author: Jill Paton Walsh Dorothy L. Sayers
  • ISBN: 9780312991388
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • While Lord Peter is abroad on a secret mission, Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, takes their children to safety in the country But there s no escape from war rumors of spies abound, glamorous RAF pilots and flirtatious land girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes rural lanes as sinister as London s alleys And when a practice air raid ends with a youngWhile Lord Peter is abroad on a secret mission, Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, takes their children to safety in the country But there s no escape from war rumors of spies abound, glamorous RAF pilots and flirtatious land girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes rural lanes as sinister as London s alleys And when a practice air raid ends with a young woman s death, it s almost a shock to hear that the cause is not enemy action, but murder Or is it With Peter away, Harriet sets out to find out whodunitd the chilling reason why.
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    Having greatly enjoyed, Thrones, Dominations, I was keen to read the second in the Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series, continued by author Jill Paton Walsh This begins in 1939, with England in the early days of the Second World War Lord Peter is away on a dangerous mission overseas and Harriet has closed up the London house and retreated to Talboys with her two sons, Bredon, aged three, and Paul, who is nearly one She also has the care of the children of Charles and Mary Parker Charlie, P [...]

    If anybody ever marries you, it will be for the pleasure of hearing you talk piffle Set in the early days of WW II, this book is an enjoyable, plausible continuation of the Wimsey Vane marriage post Busman s Honeymoon, Sayers last complete Lord Peter mystery Walsh created reasonably faithful versions of both the central characters, but somehow was not entirely successful in recreating the spark between them, which for me has always been one of the most delightful aspects of the series since they [...]

    O, fie on you, Jill Paton Walsh The ersatz Sayers on offer here is about as convincing as a cubic zirconia for example, the way Walsh spells every damn thing out makes it clear that she doesn t trust her readers to be intelligent, where Sayers alludes to literature without attribution and makes the occasional important point in untranslated French or Latin placet What s worse, reading Walsh s fake Sayers makes me critical of the real Sayers, to the point of not enjoying it as much One wishes th [...]

    Ruth Rendell wondered, Will Paton Walsh do it again My answer Unfortunately, yes Paton Walsh does not have the classic background of a Sayers One of the delights of reading Sayers work is all the quotations she would sprinkle through the pages Not just to say, look what I know but as a natural part of the characters of Peter and Harriet Paton Walsh may write very good mysteries of her ownbut she really doesn t do Lord Peter well I ve read the Wimsey papers that this story is based on As fragment [...]

    It was never going to be anything but five stars methinks.Another tour de force from Jill Paton Walsh I finished this book feeling satisfactorily replete I really, really like Harriet and Peter The writing is spare and elegant The evocation of time and place is spot on And the storyline is just complex enough to make it interesting.

    The outbreak of Second World War finds Lord Peter Wimsey s family his wife Harriet Vane and their two toddler sons and Lord Peter s nieces and nephew moved from London to the relative security of the village of Paggleham in Hertfordshire Lord Peter has moonlighted as a pseudo diplomat for Her Majesty s Home Office in several of the novels, but, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he spends time on the Continent than he does in England So it is Harriet now often called Lady Peter who bea [...]

    Alas The Lord Peter Wimsey stories and novels are my favorite mysteries of all time, and Jill Paton Walsh did a beautiful job of completing Dorothy Sayers unfinished novel, Thrones, Dominations, after the writer s death This novel is completely from Walsh s imagination, and it shows Its inspiration comes from several short articles and notes that Sayers published during World War II, describing the Wimsey family s challenges However, its weak plot Harriet and Peter working together long distanc [...]

    I hate to say it, but this book is barely worth the time The murder plot is lame and overly complicated think HAVE HIS CARCASE but without Sayers wit to save the day And what is up with Walsh messing up the kids names Surely a little research wasn t beyond her

    Where I got the book my bookshelf.All in all, this is probably the weakest of the Paton Walsh Wimsey books Paton Walsh does a reasonable facsimile of Sayers high life dialogue, but falls down when it comes to rendering the speech of ordinary people and this novel puts the Wimseys among the villagers of Paggleham, where Harriet and the children are escaping from the London Blitz while Peter who, by this time, must be getting a bit geriatric for intelligence work goes off to Destinations Unknown t [...]

    Had read this book some years ago was appalled at how bad it is It s a mystery to me how Sayers Trustees allowed Paton Walsh to publish The Attenbury Emeralds The Late Scholar If I were a Trustee, I d have booted her from the Sayers Production Line immediately In fact, I was wondering a few days ago after abandoning The Late Scholar who could possibly write Wimsey novels with the same flair, erudition readability as Sayers The one only possibility that came up was Antonia Forest Too bad she s de [...]

    A continuation of the Peter Wimsey Harriot Vane family story The author finished a manuscript which Dorthey Sayers was working on at the time of her death for the book Thrones, Dominions so I guess she thought she could write another story all on her own I believe there are elements of the story that she has says Sayers was working on so it isn t entirely her own work However, she just isn t Dorthey Sayers and can t write as well.

    Eh, she s not Sayers by a long shot, but it s not too bad.The characters aren t Sayers They re random people with Sayers character names The plot is pretty thin, and all the wartime historical stuff didn t really add anything.Pretty disappointing overall I would not recommend this to a Sayers fan looking for of the same.

    Sigh It s just not Sayers It lacks the sparkle, the wit, the new and evolving facets of Peter and Harriet s characters that mark each book This is imitative, and while proficient in certain respects, it is not original and so disappoints.

    I read somewhere that Jill Paton Walsh was such a fan of Harriet Vane s that Gaudy Night inspired her to attend Oxford It s a wonderful little detail, and I love hearing stuff like that But unfortunately for me as a Lord Peter Wimsey fan, it seems that Walsh s identification with Harriet means that Lord Peter is being winnowed out of her version of Sayers s stories almost completely.So once again, as with Walsh s Sayers continuation Thrones, Dominations, we have a solid, competently written book [...]

    I am a huge fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers, and I was cautiously optimistic when I discovered that there were additional mysteries written by Jill Paton Walsh based loosely on notes written by Dorothy Sayers There generally has not been a good track record of sequels of this sort, but the Lord Peter Wimsey Harriet Vane series seems to be an exception.The mystery set in this book mostly falls to Harriet Vane to solve, but all of your favorite characters are there, from t [...]

    A PRESUMPTION OF DEATH Trad Mys Harriet Vane England WWII ExWalsh, Jill Payton and Dorothy L Sayers Last in series EMBRG Selection New English Library Ltd, 2003, US Paperback ISBN 978 0340820674It s WWII and Lord Peter is away on a mission Harriet has moved the household to the country for safety Emerging from shelter after an air raid, the body of a land girl is found in the street It wasn t bombs that killer her, but a quick lethal physical killing The local police superintendent asks Harriet [...]

    Another book with author credits for both Sayers and Paton Walsh, this is really Paton Walsh s but draws on Sayers s letters for the circumstances of Peter and Harriet s life at the start of WWII.The story is set in the early days of the war, Harriet and the children are living in Talboys, Peter is away at the start on intelligence work One night as the village practices the procedures for an air raid, a Land Girl is murdered Harriet is asked by the police to help with the investigation.It is an [...]

    After finishing an unfinished Sayers draft in Thrones and Dominations, Paton Walsh bases herself on published Sayers articles to create this one and succeeds rather well We are very much in the world of Busmans Honeymoon mixed with that last glimpse of Lord Peter and family that Sayers provided in the short story Talboys We find Harriet and the kids, including Mary and Charles Parker s two evacuated from London to Talboys in the early days of WWII The phony war is captured nicely and so are the [...]

    I ve been on a Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane binge lately Over the past few weeks I ve read all of the Sayers novels involving them That is, I ve re read the ones that Dorothy L Sayers wrote, and then started reading the Jill Paton Walsh continuations I quite liked Thrones, Dominations, althougth I didn t think it was entirely successful This one I liked much I enjoyed the evocation of the early WWII years and felt that Paton Walsh portrayed Peter and Harriet in a way which was true to their cr [...]

    Normally I am dead set against authors continuing the efforts of another author However, there are always exceptions, and Jillian Walsh is one of them A Presumption of Death is a very fast, satisfying read I do enjoy Harriet Vane, and Walsh does an almost seamless job picking up where Sayers left off The part of the book I thought felt least Sayers like, the letters I thought they came off too forced turns out to be the only part entirely written by Sayers, so that goes to show how much I know T [...]

    Jill Paton Walsh has done an amazing job in bringing the characters in this story to life, after residing for such a long time in Dorothy Sayer s notebook.A really well developed plot, with great insights into the lives of the different classes of people living through the war in Britain Well strewn with red herrings, the ending was a complete surprise My only question was whether or not the morse code was deciphered what messages had been sent Definitely worth reading this one

    With Thrones and Dominations and Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh manages to accomplish two demi miracles to provide worthy successors to the memorable novels of Dorothy L Sayers and to write a passionate account of a marriage between two intellectual equals I particularly enjoyed the second novel, set in a village in wartime England Lord Peter is off on a secret mission and Harriet is not only keeping the home fires burning, but investigating a murder of a land girl whose unsolved death i [...]

    The second Wimsey Vane book authored by Jill Paton Walsh as successor to Dorothy Sayers and it s even better than the first Thrones, Dominations A great plot with an interesting mystery, a look at life on the British home front during WWII, and unforgettable scenes with Bunter and of Harriet decoding a message that could save Peter s life Brava

    Not bad as a continuation of Sayers great series Walsh does a great job bringing Lord Peter and Harriet to life, a so so job on other characters, and not such a great job on the mystery I did enjoy the evocation of war time England, but it was overdone until it started feeling a bit like a lecture disguised as a novel.

    Not enough Wimsey in this one Sounds like Walsh had much less of Sayers writing to go on than with Thrones, Dominations and it shows all around.Re read listened 4 15 Liked it better this time Upping from two to three.

    I loved all of the Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers This completed posthumous final one is not worth the time Don t recomment it.

    Second in the Lord Peter Wimsey Harriet Vane secondary historical mystery series that carries on from the original Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers.My TakeThere s a subtle difference between this story and Thrones, Dominations And it could well be just my imagination not believing that Walsh could do as well as Sayers It is a cleverly written story Walsh has used a series of letters Sayers wrote for the Spectator as the bones for this story And I m most grateful.I did thoroughly enjoy [...]

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