Lord Peter Wimsey
For anyone who is a fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey books and films, does anyone think it's time for a new series adaptation of Wimsey films? I know the most successful Wimsey productions were the ones from the 70's with Ian Carmichael and the ones from the 80's with Edward Petherbridge. But does anything think it's time for a new actor to put on the monocle and play Lord Peter Wimsey and star in ALL of the books and the short stories.....including the last book in the series "Busman's Honeymoon" which unfortunately was not adapted when Petherbridge played the role.
What about Jack Davenport - I think Tommy likes him.
ChristieFanForLife, about Ngaio March books: It is very apparent that her earlier books were more "puzzle books", while later she is much more serious about developing characters and dynamics. In general I'd divide her books into 3 groups (partly overlapping chronologically) - the early "puzzle" types which I'd give a miss, the middle ones in which there is a clear puzzle but the characters are well defined and the drama is sparkling - of these I'd recommend "Death in a white tie", "Scales of Justice", "Overture to death", "Opening night" and "Spinsters in Jeopardy", and the later books, with more atmosphere and deeper characterization, which I also liked: my favorites from this period are "False Scent", "Dead Water", "Clutch of Constables", "When in Rome", "Black as He's Painted" "Last Ditch", "Grave Mistake" and "Light Thickens". For lighter reading I'd start with "Death in a White Tie" and "When in Rome". for more intense reading I'd reccomend "Opening Night" and "False Scent".
Anyone have any favorite Lord Peter books/short stories?
There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood.
The judge was an old man; so old, he seemed to have outlived time and change and death. His parrot-face and parrot-voice were dry, like his old, heavily-veined hands. His scarlet robe clashed harshly with the crimson of the roses. He had sat for three days in the stuffy court, but he showed no sign of fatigue.
He did not look at the prisoner as he gathered his notes into a neat sheaf and turned to address the jury, but the prisoner looked at him. Her eyes, like dark smudges under the heavy square brows, seemed equally without fear and without hope. They waited.
"Members of the jury—"
The patient old eyes seemed to sum them up and take stock of their united intelligence. Three respectable tradesmen—a tall, argumentative one, a stout, embarrassed one with a drooping moustache, and an unhappy one with a bad cold; a director of a large company, anxious not to waste valuable time; a publican, incongruously cheerful; two youngish men of the artisan class; a nondescript, elderly man, of educated appearance, who might have been anything; an artist with a red beard disguising a weak chin; three women—an elderly spinster, a stout capable woman who kept a sweet-shop, and a harassed wife and mother whose thoughts seemed to be continually straying to her abandoned hearth.
The book has Harriet Vane, a great mystery to boot, and we see a side of Lord Peter Wimsey that we haven't seen in the previous stories--he's beginning to fall in love.
If so, which one did you read and what is/are your opinions of it?
- Thrones & Dominations (Paton finished Sayers' unfinished Wimsey book)
- A Presumption Of Death
- The Attenbury Emeralds
- The Late Scholar
If you haven't read either of the books, how do you feel with another author continuing on with the series?
gives some information about what Sayers did towards "Thrones, Dominations".
I'm just reading "The late scholar". So far (about a third of the way through) I'm loving every word.