Monday, October 17, 2011
Staff Pick of the Week
The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
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 sale in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations. Now, following A Presumption of Death, comes a new Sayers-inspired mystery featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, revisiting his first case...
It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent king-stone 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, when the new young Lord Attenbury--grandson of Lord Peter's first client-- suddenly seeks his help to prove who owns the gigantic emerald.
As Harriet and Peter contemplate the changes that the war has wrought on English society and their own lives, Jill Paton Walsh brings us a masterful new chapter in the annals of one of the greatest detectives of all time.