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A Presumption of Death

Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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In 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 more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Then the village's first air raid practise 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.

©2002 Jill Paton Walsh and the Trustees of Anthony Fleming, deceased (P)2003 Audible

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Wonderful story and picture of the times

Such a great collaboration bring new perspectives to tease out the tapestry of the Peter Wimsey tales

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Excellent Plot Well Narrated

I am a great fan of Sayers’ books and Walsh has done her proud. A delicately nuanced tale that continues the series in a very satisfying way. I had listened to the radio plays and at first I missed the variety of voices but as the book progressed I came to enjoy the narrator’s voice more and more.

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  • Jan Christian Mollestad
  • 05-07-2018

Dorothy L Sayers is smiling...

All Lord Peter's friends have been waiting for over 50 years to hear how it developes between Harriet & him - and here we have a storyteller who really is living with Harriet & Peter - and makes us live with them again. Finally! Wonderful reading - a very good continuation of Ian Carmichael's undying performances!

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  • Barbara Hembling
  • 07-02-2017

Better than Sayers on her own!

Great narrator, for me he is Lord Peter. Can't wait to read another read by him.

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  • I Smith
  • 18-05-2019

Not quite Sayers, beautifully said.

Almost as good as Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels, beautifully read by Edward Petherbridge. A treat over several evenings.

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  • Sean Gilbert
  • 22-03-2017

Give us more please

This new series of Wimesy books just get better and better thank for resurrecting him

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  • pauline wallin
  • 20-12-2018

Superb wartime yarn on the home front.

Brilliant, funny, emotional and fiendishly clever. Lord Peter and Harriet Vane on top form. Bravo.

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  • Lindsay
  • 12-08-2019

A really lovely book

I loved this book.
I read it a view years ago and very much enjoyed the storyline. There is everything you could wish for as you worry, alongside Harriet, hoping for Peters safe return. Smile at the comments and thoughts of the Duchess 'have you really sent us jelly. However did you wrap it'. And listen as Edward Petherbridge slowly unfolded the plot.

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  • Ashley
  • 21-01-2019

Wordy, but who cares?!

I love Sayers and her amateur sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey and this delivers much of what a fan might want. There’s a pleasantly elusive crime, the backdrop of rural England at the beginning of the Second World War and our favourite characters from the golden age. Sayers herself stopped writing crime fiction as the war started and committed herself to more important work and her fictional alter ego, Harriet Vane (now Lady Peter - mother of two boys) also reflects that everything pales against the crisis facing the country in early 1940. There is a LOT of reflection and historical detail - too much perhaps? But eased by the authoritative and flexible tones of Edward Petherbridge this does not strike this listener as over burdensome. Some attempt is made to mitigate the obvious inequities of that time for more modern sensibilities and this grates a little. Sayers had a more robust and pragmatic air about her writing when considering the injustices of the world she lived in. But this is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Mr. J. R. Semple
  • 22-07-2020

Wartime for Peter & Harriett

Largely Harriet centric story set during the early War years.Gives a very good impression of wartime village life and the social order change begining to unfold in England.

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  • amac
  • 18-07-2020

great continuation of Dorothy l Sayers

very well written and very enjoyable book that is true to the characters created by Sayers

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 05-03-2020

A Presumption of Death

A brilliant Lord Peter Wimsey mystery very entertaining, read with great feeling by Edward Petherbridge.

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  • R. Benson
  • 08-01-2020

Beautiful book, so glad to have found it

As a long time fan of Dorothy L Sayers’ books and then Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter I had long resisted the more recent Wimsey stories for fear that they might somehow taint those earlier works for me. I could not have been more wrong.
I have enjoyed every minute of this book and shall certainly listen to it again and again. I won’t spoil the plot for future readers or listeners but in addition to a fascinating mystery and more about the central characters one can learn a great deal about the impact on daily life caused by the early months of the Second World War. Well worth the investment!