Thrones, Dominations, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


It is 1936 and Lord Peter Wimsey has returned from his honeymoon to set up home with his cherished new wife, the novelist Harriet Vane. As they become part of fashionable London society they encounter the glamorous socialite Rosamund Harwell and her wealthy impressario husband Laurence. Unlike the Wimseys, they are not in love - and all too soon, one of them is dead. A murder case that only Lord Peter Wimsey can solve.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340684566

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I liked this, I didn't find the parts written by the two authors at all distinct, but found some of the rehashing of topics covered in Busman's Honeymoon slightly redundant. Much better that the truly appalling follow up by Paton Walsh, Presumption of Death. I will admit to wishing the notes had been reprinted though, especially since in an interview Paton Walsh admitted she'd cut scenes written by Sayers which she thought didn't fit.

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Lord Peter No. 13; a fragment from 1936, "Finished" by Mrs. Walsh; not too bad as it goes but for a Sayers and Lord Peter lover, something is amiss.

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Jill Paton Walsh here takes up an unfinished Sayers manuscript to give us a glimpse into the married life of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. For the most part, the exercise is a success. The book has been accused of reading like fan fiction, and, to a certain extent, this is true, but it’s good fan fiction, and at least Peter isn’t shagging Bunter.

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Peter and Harriet are a bit unreadably smug at times. A cautionary tale of why you should never find out too much about the author. It makes me want to like Helen more than she deserves, just because everyone else doesn't.<br/><br/>Interestingly enough, many other reviewers on this site don't like the book because they don't think Paton Walsh has got the Sayers' voices right. I don't like it because I think she did.

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I ended up just skim-reading this, in the end. Jill Paton Walsh just doesn't have the same skill with the characters that Sayers had -- although I have enjoyed one or two of Walsh's other novels -- and it's just... it's not really Peter and Harriet, somehow. I remember reading that Sayers ended up stuck with the plot of this one, hence never finishing it: in my own writing, I've always followed the line that if I'm really resistant to writing something, there's something wrong with it, which just plugging away at it won't fix. Walsh probably did an admirable job of deciding where Sayers had meant the story to go -- but that doesn't mean that's what Sayers would have eventually done with it, and I think it would be the better for an author who felt able to just mess around with it, rather than someone constrained by being "true" to a different author's original idea. There's a reason stories develop as they're written.I'm not sure if I'm going to bother with A Presumption of Death and The Attenbury Emeralds at all. I haven't read The Attenbury Emeralds at all, but I have plenty of things I should be reading. Maybe Busman's Honeymoon is where I should leave Peter and Harriet.

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