Thrones, Dominations

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In 1936, Dorothy L. Sayers —considered one of the best mystery writers of the Golden Age—abandoned the last Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. Sixty years later, a copy of the unfinished manuscript was discovered in her agent’s safe in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations. Now, this irresistible story is back in paperback. Picking up where Sayers left off, Jill Paton Walsh ...

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Overview

In 1936, Dorothy L. Sayers —considered one of the best mystery writers of the Golden Age—abandoned the last Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. Sixty years later, a copy of the unfinished manuscript was discovered in her agent’s safe in London, and award-winning novelist Jill Paton Walsh was commissioned to complete it. The result was the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations. Now, this irresistible story is back in paperback. Picking up where Sayers left off, Jill Paton Walsh brings Lord Peter and Harriet Vane brilliantly to life in Sayers' unmistakable voice. Thrones, Dominations satisfies the vast readership hungry to know what happened after their honeymoon. Fan and critics rejoice at Jill Paton Walsh's resurrection of this beloved series. 

 

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Sayers gave up mystery writing and her suave upper-class hero, Lord Peter Wimsey, after the publication of Busman's Honeymoon in 1937. She started on a 13th mystery, Thrones, Dominations, but abandoned the effort sometime between 1936 and 1938. Walsh was brave enough to take on the challenge of completing the manuscript. The resulting novel has a somewhat patchy plot, and the characters will not always ring true to fans of Sayers's earlier works. The story opens in 1936, with Edward VII flirting with Wallis Simpson and Wimsey embarking on the risky sea of matrimony at the advanced age of 45 with brainy, independent Harriet Vane. Establishing a conjugal household after so long as independent operators has both Harriet and Peter understandably tense. The last thing they need right now is a murder to investigate. That, of course, is exactly what they get: the beautiful and spoiled wife of an aristocratic theater angel has been murdered. The grief-stricken husband has an excellent alibi, but other suspects are both numerous and colorful: a lovelorn playwright, a philandering French artist, and two ex-convicts who are trying for a spot of blackmail. Actor Ian Carmichael's reading is easy and fluid, his light tenor voice providing just the right nuances. He has great fun with many of the secondary characters, making Lord Peter's snobbish sister-in-law so obnoxious that you wonder why she hasn't been murdered. The major problem with the reading arises during long passages of dialog between two characters, as when Peter and Harriet discuss matrimony, human psychology, or murder. Carmichael does not give either voice in these conversations enough tone or differentiation to make the characters distinct from one another. Therefore, it takes a lot of concentration on the part of the listener to tell characters apart. The twists and turns in the story will reward those who put in the effort, however, and most fans of Lord Peter or Golden Age mysteries will enjoy the trip down memory lane. Recommended for medium-sized or larger public library collections where mysteries are popular.--Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Dorothy L. Sayers

JILL PATON WALSH is a Man Booker Prize-nominated and Whitbread Prize-winning novelist for adults and children. She lives in Cambridge, England.

 

DOROTHY L. SAYERS, the author of fourteen Lord Peter Wimsey novels and story collections as well as a Dante scholar, died in 1957.

Biography

Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency from 1921 to 1932. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. Dorothy L. Sayers also became famous for her religious plays, notably The Man Born to be King, which was broadcast controversially during the war years, but she considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She died in 1957.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Dorothy Leigh Sayers (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 13, 1893
    2. Place of Birth:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Death:
      December 17, 1957

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Great, great book!! A must read for the Wimsey fan!!!

    This is a well written mystery. I loved every minute of it. Peter Wimsey lives again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    A decent contribution to the Peter Wimsey collection

    I love Dorothy Sayer's Peter Wimsey books. Being a real fan of Agatha Christie for many years, it may be surprising to some that I only discovered Sayers' Peter and Harriet a few years ago. When I finished Busman's Honeymoon, I was sad to think that I'd miss reading about Peter and Harriet settling into married life. This book then came to my attention and with a little hesitation since it wasn't all Sayers work, I bought it to see how Ms. Patton would proceed. The mystery part of the book wasn't too surprising in it's resolution and yet it held my attention. The more interesting part to me was the developing relationship with Peter and Harriet. It's clear that they are both sensitive to the potential difficulties that their marriage could bring and try extra hard to be understanding and open. That theirs is a marriage that will succeed is clear throughout the story yet the tender moments where they discover a little more about each other's love will make you smile. I like the way it ended. Of course it all works out! I'll now try the next book, A Presumption of Death, to see how Ms. Patton proceeds with the Wimseys.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    If you like Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, you'll like this novel.

    I enjoyed the book quite well, though it was not too hard to figure out the killer. The writing is good, and I loved the dialogue between Peter and Harriet. I particularly think Harriet's character is well written. A good summer or rainy day read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Enjoyable Wimsey

    Walsh continued on in the Sayers tradition providing an excellent Wimsey and Harriet tale.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Lord Peter and Harriet - marriage and mystery

    This combined work of DLS and JPW offers us a post-marriage look at Peter and Harriet as they try to merge their dual careers and personalities. An excellent setting for a mixture of joining lives, sleuthing and artistic temperaments, and murder, of course.

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