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on 20 April 2017
It is 1936 and Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane have returned to London to set up home in the house furnished by Wimsey's mother - the Dowager Duchess. Events in the outer world feature in this story as George V dies and Edward VIII starts to show himself as a less than ideal King. Hitler is growing in power and Wimsey is off at a moment's notice to play his part in diplomatic negotiations.
Harriet is left behind to battle with her writing and then with her sister in law and her opinions on what are suitable activities for the new Lady Peter Wimsey. Then murder disrupts the Wimsey's social circle and Harriet and Peter are suddenly involved in detection again.
I remember reading this book when it first came out with some trepidation. I needn't have worried as it is well written and enjoyable reading. I did forget while I was reading who had written it and I enjoyed it for its own sake. I thought the authors dovetailed the real world events into the main characters' private lives extremely well and I got a real feel for the uncertain times of the 1930s. Even if you don't like sequels involving well known characters I would say this is worth reading.