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I'm guessing that anyone choosing this title would already be acquainted with Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Bunter, and the other iconic characters created by Dorothy Sayers. In this rather offbeat pastiche, the third of Walsh's continuation of the series, we reunite with Peter and Harriet in the early 1950's, when an obituary prompts Peter's to reminisce about his "first case." The story unfolds ever so slowly as the case rises from the ashes and assumes a new life in the present.
The "mystery" is not particularly compelling--as another reviewer commented, this is no "Gaudy Night--but as it unfolds we become aware of the changes in British life and society brought about by the second world war, and new but fully recognizable incarnations of Harriet and Peter emerge. Only Bunter remains firmly in character as in former books.
I would recommend the book for those who love the characters rather than the substance of the Sayer originals. The narrator is low-key to the point of being irritating, but if you persevere there will be a payoff; whether it's worth it is a matter of personal taste, but as a major Harriet Vane fan I found it satisfying.
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Walsh is pitch perfect on Sayers' characters and dialogue. This one was a bit slow to get started -- at first it had the feel of Sayers' short stories rather than the novels. Once it got going, it was wonderful! It was so nice to get reacquainted with Peter and Harriet. I wish Audible would get Walsh's earlier two Wimsey novels. And speaking of Sayers, where is Gaudy Night?
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