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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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Wonderful

Love the narration, the story and the characters. Very satisfying, I didnt want it to end. Jill Paton Walsh has the rare gift of taking over someone else's characters and telling more of their stories seamlessly.

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Complicated mystery

It was an absolute pleasure to hear Lord Peter Wimsey being read by Edward Petherbridge, who has played the part in the T.V. series, rather than the woman who reads the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries here on Audible. Jill Paton Walsh does a great job of picking up where D.L.Sayers left off. I hope to hear the others in this series soon.

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  • relaxed
  • 10-04-2018

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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  • Ms. E. Morgan
  • 03-12-2016

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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  • wee scottie
  • 29-01-2017

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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  • N. Dyne
  • 15-02-2017

not Ian Carmichael and not Dorothy Sayers but

maybe I'm being unfair. Enjoyed it the more I listened. Just used to the "original".

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  • PD.
  • 01-03-2019

A Sad State of Affairs

As Paton Walsh progresses with Peter, Harriet & Bunter, the modern world continues to encroach like an insidious poison. One of the delights of Sayers' work is the time period it invokes and the protected capsule of life between the wars; we can enjoy high society & the elegance of Lord Peter's world. It is refreshing, it is invigorating. Now, however, that world is looked upon with ridicule and dissolves around us as it eventually does for Jeeves, Bertie & Poirot. The story in particular here mirrors that with death duties ruining families and apologists for aristocracy & wealth shown left, right & centre. Even the characters themselves remark as such. This is a solid tale, well written and well set. It's just sad & tiring and we are weighed down with an increasing solemnity & seriousness. Thus is the difference between gritty modern fiction & the light escapism prevalent in Sayers' time,

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  • HarrietDVane
  • 19-05-2017

Great reading saves iffy book

it's not Dorothy Sayers and the class war stuff didn't ring true and was distracting. Thank goodness for Edward Petherbridge who is terrific and a worthy successor to Ian Carmichael.

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  • Colin Brocklehurst
  • 18-01-2017

Like the curate's egg.

As to be expected this was a very complicated plot but was well worth continuing with. Lovely to meet their children. Narration rather slow in places.

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  • Ulla
  • 21-12-2016

Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Attenbury Emeralds?

Over long and too many irrelevant side stories. I kept thinking "When are we getting back to the actual story" It was just boring.

What was most disappointing about Jill Paton Walsh’s story?

I am convinced that Dorothy L. Sayers will turn in her grave. It had none of 'her elegant story telling. Both Peter Wimsey and Harriet we portrayed in an overly sentimental way.
It was a poor copy. It had no soul.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Petherbridge?

Almost anyone who was not trying to emulate Ian Carmichael with such poor result.

What character would you cut from The Attenbury Emeralds?

Wimsey's children and Bunter's son were irrelevant. The sister-in-law and the mother-in-law and her letters were given much too much space.
Also, the whole story about the fire and what to do with the "Ole Pile". Totally irrelevant.

Any additional comments?

I am sure that Dorothy L. Sayers would have written this story in a captivating way. This was mostly a boring pastiche.
On the whole, lesser writers should be barred from writing other peoples stories and adopting other writer's characters.
This was supposed to be a detective novel and it lost it's way.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-02-2018

A Perfect Lord Peter

Thoroughly enjoyable performance by Edward Petherbridge , imaculate pacing & dramatic intonation . Gaudy Night

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  • 22-04-2017

Lord Peter at his best

I absolutely adore the LPW books by DLS and taken up by Jill Paton Walsh.

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  • Mr. J. R. Semple
  • 20-09-2020

A golden curates egg of a novel

Really enjoyed this but should come with a warning. Slow to start. The first part of the novel is told in a form of flashback and is sluggishly paced. I almost quit several times but when the story moves to the present (in this case 1952) it then takes off and becomes Jill Paton Walsh's best plotted novel.There is also a sympathetic diversion into the dramatic conversion of Lord Peter into the Duke of Denver. One of Jill Paton Walsh's strengths is to show post war social change without being judgemental. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this but perseverance is needed.

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