I have just re-read Thrones, Dominations which is a Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Dorothy L Sayers had made notes for this before her death, and these had been stored in a safe. Her agent approached novelist Jill Paton Walsh who completed the book in 1998. I felt the first time I read it, when it came out in paperback, that JPW had really made a good job of continuing the Wimsey story accurately in the original DLS style.
Also this week, Radio 4 Extra has been serialising Have His Carcase, and earlier DLS Wimsey [with Ian Carmichael and Maria Aitken in leading roles] and that’s been good to.
One of these days, I may get round to JPW’s other two Wimsey books from 2002 and 2010 – Presumption of Death and The Attenbury Emeralds. The former was again written from DLS notes, the latter totally by JPW.
I feel I should tackle these two simply because last month, Mrs P-W churned out yet another Wimsey – The Late Scholar. She was interviewed about it on the Radio, and I was fascinated [but feel the other 2 ought to be digested first!]
This last one is set Post War and Lord Peter is in his sixties.
I wish they would repeat the Wimsey series made for TV, I did like the Edward Petherbridge & Harriet Walter episodes in the 1980s [and actually preferred them to Ian Carmichael’s version]
Still, at least they have just made some more ‘Father Brown’ programmes, which I like very much.
Mind you, I am aware that Mark Williams’ interpretation of this cheerful Catholic priest is not everyone’s idea of G K Chesterton’s character. At least he is not as crazy as the clergy around Midsomer, and he is quite clear about the love and grace of God.