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A Presumption of Death

(2002)
(The second book in the Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series)
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Sixty years after Dorothy L. Sayers began her unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey novel, Thrones Dominations, Booker Prize finalist Jill Paton Walsh took on the challenge of completing the manuscript---with extraordinary success. 'The transition is seamless,' said the San Francisco Chronicle; 'you cannot tell where Sayers leaves off and Walsh begins.'

'Will Paton Walsh do it again?' wondered Ruth Rendell in London's Sunday Times. 'We must hope so.'

Jill Paton Walsh fulfills those hopes in A Presumption of Death. Although Sayers never began another Wimsey novel, she did leave clues. Drawing on 'The Wimsey Papers,' in which Sayers showed various members of the family coping with wartime conditions, Walsh has devised an irresistible story set in 1940, at the start of the Blitz in London.

Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country. But war has followed them there---glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Daily life reminds them of the war so constantly that, when the village's first air-raid practice ends with a real body on the ground, it's almost a shock to hear the doctor declare that it was not enemy action, but plain, old-fashioned murder. Or was it?

At the request of the overstretched local police, Harriet reluctantly agrees to investigate. The mystery that unfolds is every bit as literate, ingenious, and compelling as the best of original Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

June 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-7540-1988-8 / 978-0-7540-1988-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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August 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-7862-5561-7 / 978-0-7862-5561-0 (USA edition)
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March 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-312-29100-0 / 978-0-312-29100-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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November 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-340-82065-9 / 978-0-340-82065-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 1-4447-9291-1 / 978-1-4447-9291-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane)
Author(s): Jill Walsh
ISBN: 1-250-01744-0 / 978-1-250-01744-4 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh
ISBN: 0-312-99138-X / 978-0-312-99138-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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June 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-7540-9336-0 / 978-0-7540-9336-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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May 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Presumption of Death
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ISBN: 0-312-70987-0 / 978-0-312-70987-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-340-82067-5 / 978-0-340-82067-4 (UK edition)
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-340-82066-7 / 978-0-340-82066-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2003 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-7540-8309-8 / 978-0-7540-8309-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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June 2003 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 0-7540-8752-2 / 978-0-7540-8752-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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March 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Mystery Masters Series)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers, Edward Petherbridge, Jill Paton Walsh
ISBN: 1-57270-322-9 / 978-1-57270-322-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Partners
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March 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Mystery Masters)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
ISBN: 1-57270-323-7 / 978-1-57270-323-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death: A New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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May 2003 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series Book 2)
Author(s): Dorothy L Sayers, Jill Paton Walsh
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2003 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Presumption of Death
Author(s): Jill Paton Walsh
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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