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A Presumption of Death: Lord Peter Wimsey Investigates

 
 
Author
Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers.
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781444792911
Pages/Publication Date 378/2002
Daedalus Item Code 61304
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In 1939 and 1940, Dorothy L. Sayers wrote a series of letters purportedly from members of the Wimsey family for London's Spectator. Although she never wrote another detective novel, these epistles gave a tantalizing glimpse of what Lord Peter Wimsey might have done during World War II, and Jill Paton Walsh here picks up the threads for this 13th book in the series (following Thrones, Dominations). It is 1940, and Harriet Vane—now Lady Wimsey—has taken her children to their country home. But the war has followed them, as dashing RAF pilots and glamorous land-girls scandalize the locals. 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. In 1936 Dorothy L. Sayers began writing Thrones, Dominations, her 12th Lord Peter Wimsey novel, then set it aside. When a fragment was re-discovered in her agent's safe, six decades later, the trustees of the Sayers estate asked Booker Prize finalist Jill Paton Walsh to complete it. "It is impossible to tell where Dorothy L. Sayers ends and Jill Paton Walsh begins," noted Ruth Rendell in London's Sunday Times. "It is simply like reading another Sayers novel.... All Sayers's gift for lyrical description in here, and her passion for resonant prose." Paton Walsh has since continued the adventures of the well-to-do sleuth, giving us entirely new works from the golden age of mystery writing.
 
 
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