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  • Hodder & Stoughton
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A Presumption of Death: A Gripping World War II Murder Mystery

Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Classic crime, Thriller / suspense, Historical fiction

Return to a golden age of glamour, murder and intrigue, in a gripping novel by one of our best-loved detective story writers.

'Miraculously right: catching precisely the tone of the relationship . . . thrilling' - The Times
'A must for all Wimsey lovers . . . an entertaining read' - Northern Echo

It's 1940, and while the Second World War rages on, Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country.

But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers, and the blackout makes the night-time lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London.

Then the village's first air raid practice ends with a very real body on the ground - and it's not a war casualty, but a case of plain, old-fashioned murder. And it's not long before a second body is found . . .

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Praise for A Presumption of Death: A Gripping World War II Murder Mystery

  • Jill Paton Walsh has...given us a Lord Peter story in the true Sayers' style and tradition - Norma Major - The Week on Thrones, Dominations

  • A superb job of seamless collaboration. Thrones, Dominations is pure pleasure. - Wall Street Journal ON Thrones, Dominations

  • An engrossing, intelligent and provocative novel in the guise of a conventional mystery. - Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

  • What we have here is a true detective story unambiguously set in the Thirties and written so much in the style of Sayers that the narrative is virtually seamless. We meet familiar friends and old enemies: the dowager duchess, loquacious as usual; the duchess of Denver with her egregious snobbery and disapproval of her new sister-in-law . . . I didn't myself believe that the job could satisfactorily be done, but she has proved me wrong. - P. D. James, Observer

  • Could this be the best book Dorothy L. Sayers never wrote? She has done a splendid job - certain to please the legions of Sayers loyalists as well as readers new to the Wimsey canon . . . Lord Peter has been made much more human and interesting by marriage. . . and the story is full of twists and connivance. - Chicago Tribune on THRONES, DOMINATIONS

  • Miraculously right: catching precisely the tone of the relationship . . . It comes out splendidly, . . . a thrilling denouement. - Libby Purves, The Times

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Jill Paton Walsh

Jill Paton Walsh, born in 1937, is also the author of many non-crime novels for adults: the fourth of these, Knowledge of Angels, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Before writing for adults she made a career as a writer of children's books and has won many literary prizes.

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