A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, Bk 2)
A Presumption of Death - Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, Bk 2 Author:Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L. Sayers While Lord Peter is abroad on a secret mission, Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, takes their children to safety in the country. But there's no escape from war: rumors of spies abound, glamorous RAF pilots and flirtatious land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes rural lanes as sinister as London's alleys. — And when ... more »a practice air-raid ends with a young woman's death, it's almost a shock to hear that the cause is not enemy action, but murder. Or is it? With Peter away, Harriet sets out to find out whodunit... and the chilling reason why.« less
Taken as a basic mystery, it's a decent light and fast read (very fast - I haven't seen type that large since 3rd grade). But if you're looking for the complex plotting, rich language, and wit of Dorothy L. Sayers, do not look here. It's also poorly edited - characters are in 2 places at once, one of Peter and Harriet's sons is simply missing, pilots "bale" out of airplanes, Walsh ignores the social structure of pre-War England - I could go on and on. Possibly the most interesting parts of the book deal with the living conditions in 1939 England.