The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries)

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In 1936, Dorothy L. Sayers abandoned the last Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. Sixty years later, a brown paper parcel containing a copy of the manuscript was discovered in her agent’s safe in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result of the pairing of Dorothy L. Sayers with Walsh was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations.

Now, following A Presumption of Death, set during World War II, comes a new Sayers-inspired mystery featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, revisiting his very first case. . . . It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury Emeralds. The recovery of the gems in Lord Attenbury’s dazzling heirloom collection made headlines—and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective.

Thirty years later, a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Suddenly, the new Lord Attenbury—grandson of Lord Peter’s first client—seeks his help to prove who owns the emeralds. As Harriet and Peter contemplate the changes that the war has wrought on English society—and Peter, who always cherished the liberties of a younger son, faces the unwanted prospect of ending up the Duke of Denver after all—Jill Paton Walsh brings us a masterful new chapter in the annals of one of the greatest detectives of all time.

About Jill Paton Walsh

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JILL PATON WALSH is the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Emperor’s Winding Sheet, Gaffer Samson’s Luck, and Knowledge of Angels. She lives in Cambridge, England.
Published January 4, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 351 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Walsh returns with a mystery based on characters created by British crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957).

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Open Letters Monthly

Heilbrun, no slouch in the detective novel department with fourteen mysteries under the pen name Amanda Cross, wrote a delightful 1968 essay about Sayers in The American Scholar called “Sayers, Lord Peter and God.” In it she pronounces: The scholarly habit of mind proved beautifully suited to th...

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Sayers' heir Jill Paton Walsh, who has already written some much-acclaimed continuations of Wimsey's adventures, has gone back to the beginning to write his first case The Attenbury Emeralds.

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Monsters and Critics

While recovering from the aftereffects of trench warfare during WWI, Wimsey and his manservant Mervyn Bunter worked to solve the disappearance of the Attenbury emeralds owned by Lord Attenbury Arthur Abcock.

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Lord Peter Wimsey first made a name for himself as a detective when, in 1921, he recovered one of the Attenbury Emeralds that had gone missing.

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