Lord Peter Wimsey and his detective novelist wife Harriet Vane return in Jill Paton Walsh's brilliant new continuation of Dorothy L. Sayers's classic mysteries.
When a dispute among the fellows of St. Severin's College, Oxford University, reaches a stalemate, Lord Peter Wimsey discovers that as the Duke of Denver he is "the Visitor" - charged with the task of resolving the issue. It is time for Lord Peter and his detective novelist wife Harriet to revisit their beloved Oxford, where their long and literate courtship finally culminated in their engagement and marriage.
At first, the dispute seems a simple difference of opinion about a valuable manuscript that some of the fellows regard as nothing but an insurance liability, which should be sold to finance a speculative purchase of land. The voting is evenly balanced. The warden would normally cast the deciding vote, but he has disappeared. And when several of the fellows unexpectedly die as well, Lord Peter and Harriet set off on an investigation to uncover what is really going on at St. Severin's.
With this return to the Oxford of Gaudy Night, which many readers regard as their favorite of Sayers's original series, Jill Paton Walsh revives the wit and brilliant plotting of the golden age of detective fiction.
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Intriguing story, narrator less than enjoyable
This reader is very difficult to listen to.
Compared with other Lord Peter mysteries this one is near the bottom. Characters were not fleshed out & differentiating between them was difficult
I enjoyed "Presumption of Death" & "The Attenbury Emeralds", but not "Thrones, Dominations". I probably will read another Paton Walsh, but NOT with this reader!
He could have done a little research. He pronounced Bredon with a short e, not to rhyme with tree as is correct. Hearing that over & over again gave me fits. Shrewsbury was pronounced as an American would pronounce it, not as Shrosbry. He almost sounded like an American putting on an English accent. Edward Petherbridge would have been my first choice as Ian Carmichael has passed on.
When It was over & I could stop listening to him!
Get another reader next time!