Jill Paton Walsh, who has recently been named as the Dorothy L. Sayers Society's new president, is publishing a fifth book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series with Hodder & Stoughton.
The detective series, featuring Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey in the role of sleuth, was originally published between 1920 and 1940, written by renowned English crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers. Patron Walsh began the series' continuation after being asked by Sayers' trustees to finish an incomplete novel found in the offices of Sayers' agent.
Paton Walsh was recently elected as the President of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society, succeeding the late Dr Barbara Reynolds.
The most recent Wimsey title was The Attenbury Emeralds published in 2013. This fifth book, scheduled for delivery in 2017, was acquired in a deal brokered by Carolyn Caughey on behalf of Hodder with Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates for UK and Commonwealth rights including Canada.
Carolyn Caughey said: “I couldn’t be happier to know there will be a new Lord Peter Wimsey novel from Jill Paton Walsh, who has written novels about him set in the 1940s and now the 1950s with such skill that sometimes I forget that Dorothy L. Sayers did not write them herself."
Paton Walsh added: “I am honoured to have been elected the president of the Dorothy L Sayers Society, in succession to Dr. Barbara Reynolds, who was a friend and associate of Sayers herself...I have worked with Sayers, whom I never met, only in another sense, in having completed a Lord Peter Wimsey novel, and written more, beyond the scope of Sayers own work. In electing me their president, the devoted and hugely well-informed members of the Society have effectively given me their blessing, as one who honours Sayers as much as they do. That means a lot to me, and I will endeavour to deserve their trust, and foster and promote their work, and that of Sayers herself to the best of my ability.
“I am about to embark on another Lord Peter Wimsey novel, which I hope will enhance my credentials as a friend and follower of one of the best and most interesting of the ‘Golden Age’ detective writers.”