Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms. E. Morgan on 03-12-16

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By wee scottie on 29-01-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By relaxed on 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.

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