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  • Title: A Presumption of Death
  • Author: Jill Paton Walsh
  • ISBN: 9780340820674
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback

  • Although Sayers never began another Wimsey novel she did leave cluesIn A Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh tells how World War II changed the lives of Peter, Harriet and their growing family The story opens in 1940 Harriet Vane now Lady Peter Wimsey has taken her children to safety in the country But the war has followed them glamorous RAF pilots and even moAlthough Sayers never began another Wimsey novel she did leave cluesIn A Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh tells how World War II changed the lives of Peter, Harriet and their growing family The story opens in 1940 Harriet Vane now Lady Peter Wimsey has taken her children to safety in the country But the war has followed them glamorous RAF pilots and even glamorous land girls scandalise the villagers the blackout makes the night time lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London Then the village s first air raid practice ends with a very real body on the ground not a war casualty but a case of plain, old fashioned murder And even before the second body is found, Lord Peter Wimsey and his brilliant wife are on their way to finding the killer.
    Jill Paton Walsh
    Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London on April 29th, 1937 She was educated at St Michael s Convent, North Finchley, and at St Anne s College, Oxford From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at Enfield Girls Grammar School Jill Paton Walsh has won the Book World Festival Award, 1970, for Fireweed the Whitbread Prize, 1974 for a Children s novel for The Emperor s Winding Sheet The Boston Globe Horn Book Award 1976 for Unleaving The Universe Prize, 1984 for A Parcel of Patterns and the Smarties Grand Prix, 1984, for Gaffer Samson s Luck.Series Imogen Quy Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane


    Commentaires:

    Susan
    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; [...]

    Grace Tjan
    "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 si [...]

    Hannah
    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 more critical of the real Sayers, to the point of not enjoying it as much. O [...]

    Bev
    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 [...]

    Jane Jago
    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.

    Ivonne Rovira
    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 more time on the Continent than he does in England. So it is Harriet (now more often [...]

    Renee Wolcott
    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 more 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 [...]

    Caroline
    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?

    Brenda Clough
    I find it difficult to believe that these people really are Lord Peter and Harriett.

    Jane
    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 Unk [...]

    Townsend the Wonder Hamster
    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 u [...]

    Rachel
    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.

    Emily
    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 more of the same.

    Gretchen
    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.

    Katie
    Not as good as Thrones, Dominations, but it's still doing the job.

    Angela Mitchell
    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 bo [...]

    May
    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 [...]

    LJ
    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 super [...]

    Reds_reads
    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 [...]

    Sequelguerrier
    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 t [...]

    Kim
    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 more. 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 [...]

    Brittany
    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 [...]

    Janieb
    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!

    Ellen
    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 dea [...]

    Lisa
    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!

    Janet
    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.

    Craig
    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.

    Joanne Gass
    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.

    Jane
    Jill paton bring on more in the Sayers style!

    Kathy Davie
    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 [...]

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