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Book Note: Dorothy L. Sayers, A Presumption of Death

I read this book about 2-Feb-2010. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Thursday, 22-May-2014 19:44:29 PDT.

This is book 17 of the "Lord Peter Wimsey" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.

 

Second posthumous collaboration with Jill Paton Walsh. This was based on short stories and newspaper pieces written during WWII.

Harriet and their two children, plus Mary and Parker's children, are living in Tallboys, shortly before the blitz really begins (but it's expected any day). During an air-raid drill, a woman who came here to work on a farm is found murdered. Later another man is murdered.

There's a lot said about the disruption of life, and how people are doing things they never thought they could. And how a number of the women are finding they like it. Also there's a general urgency to lots of life, people feeling they may not have tomorrow to deal with anything they don't do today. Plus there's a lot of worry about spies and such. And a number of foreign refugees in addition to people evacuated from London.

This is historically interesting, and there's nothing wrong with the murder, but I didn't find it had any scenes as good as the best in Thrones, Dominations (#2)


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