Books by Jill Paton Walsh

Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London on April 29th, 1937. She was educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at Enfield Girls' Grammar School. In 1961 she married


THE LATE SCHOLAR by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Walsh's (The Attenbury Emeralds, 2011, etc.) respectful attempt to keep the franchise going will invite the scrutiny of Wimsey purists, and newcomers may find the Duke affected. Even so, many fans will eagerly welcome back their beloved sleuth and enjoy seeing Harriet hold her own in a thoughtfully constructed mystery."
Intrigue and murder in academe lead to further adventures for aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, the once-carefree second son now approaching senior citizenship. Read full book review >
THE ATTENBURY EMERALDS by Jill Paton Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Walsh (A Presumption of Death, 2003, etc.) delicately balances the mainstays of Sayers' fiction—drawing rooms, servants, a coolly elegant sleuth—with more contemporary touches. Readers will find a nod to cerebral charm, with a touch of modern egalitarianism."
Walsh returns with a mystery based on characters created by British crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957). Read full book review >
THE BAD QUARTO by Jill Paton Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2007

"Shades of Gaudy Night—a must for fans of the classic English mystery."
A Cambridge production of Hamlet delivers a dangerous message. Read full book review >
DEBTS OF DISHONOR by Jill Paton Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2006

"A tad too much financial wheeling and dealing to qualify as a true British cozy, but definitely geared toward the genteel reader."
A potential Cambridge benefactor falls short. Read full book review >
A PRESUMPTION OF DEATH by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though the mystery is gossamer-thin, Paton Walsh (Thrones, Dominations, 1998, etc.) provides another Greatest Hits of Wimseydom, complete with family news, an allusive cipher, a dozen deathless village types, and, eventually, the return of Lord Peter to hearth, home, and homicide."
In a series of letters to the Spectator over the winter of 1940, Sayers presented members of Lord Peter Wimsey's family discussing such morale-building issues as rationing and leadership. Read full book review >
A DESERT IN BOHEMIA by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Here and there, A Desert in Bohemia provokes and moves. But it's a novel that ought to have had a much sharper edge: altogether, a disappointing successor to the better of Walsh's books for grownups."
Well-known for both her YA and adult fiction (The Serpentine Cave, 1997, etc.), Walsh paints her most crowded canvas yet in this ambitious tale of two countries—one real, one invented—in the wake of WWII and through the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1990.Read full book review >
THRONES, DOMINATIONS by Dorothy L. Sayers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 1998

Lord Peter Wimsey lives again, courtesy of Walsh's completion of a 70-page typescript Sayers abandoned in 1939. Read full book review >
THE SERPENTINE CAVE by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Top Walsh, all around."
From the gifted and versatile Walsh (Knowledge of Angels, 1994, etc.): the comfortably appealing story of a grown woman who, when her secretive mother dies at 84, at last goes back to her childhood to find the identity that had been kept from her. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS LITTLE LIKE YOU by Jill Paton Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Puffs of cottony clouds and ice cream, rounded hills, and gently pitched hat brims add to the amiable, pastoral feel of this saunter through summer memories. (Picture book. 2-4)"
While on a seaside stroll with her grandmother, Rosie learns how things in her present-day environment compare with the olden days of Gran's time. Read full book review >
CONNIE CAME TO PLAY by Jill Paton Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"From the author of Pepi and the Secret (p. 560), it's grand to see such a typical preschool scenario handled without preachiness. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Connie came to play and Robert doesn't want to share his toys. ``This is my train!'' he tells her. ``All right,'' says Connie. ``You play with that one. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF JUSTICE by Jill Paton Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"A must for lovers of the British academic traditional."
A second appearance for gentle, clever Imogen Quy (The Wyndham Case, 1993), a nurse at St. Read full book review >
PEPI AND THE SECRET NAMES by Jill Paton Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"The stylized illustrations are imitations of Egyptian tomb paintings; enclosed in elaborate decorative borders, they depict miniature people and enormous animals sprawled out across intricately detailed spreads. (Picture book. 6+)"
Paton Walsh (Matthew and the Sea Singer, 1993, etc.) skillfully synthesizes scary situations, comic twists, and the secret code in an exotic setting radiating from the past. Read full book review >
KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 1994

"With timeless personalities, grounded firmly within the hot windstorms of an on-going human conundrum: a brilliantly crafted, haunting tale—the author's second novel for adults (after a mystery, The Wyndham Case, 1993)."
An exquisitely mounted, immaculately designed fable in a jeweled medieval setting that pierces to the heart of an ancient scholarly/spiritual dilemma: Should one live within a world of faith with its invisible perfections—or only in the world as it is seen and sensed, of things as they are? Read full book review >
THE WYNDHAM CASE by Jill Paton Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A leisurely, literate style, an intriguing clutch of academic eccentrics, a clever puzzle, and a sharply intelligent sleuth whose gentleness sets her apart from the hard-edged aggressions of her fictional contemporaries—all in a refreshing debut in the Sayers tradition."
A first appearance for Imogen Quy (rhymes with ``why''), an English school nurse with a flair for detection. Read full book review >
MATTHEW AND THE SEA SINGER by Jill Paton Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Despite an unfortunate low-budget format: perfection—and a delight. (Fiction. 5+)"
``Once there was a little girl called Birdy who paid a shilling for a living boy,'' begins this enchanting embroidery on the lore of selkies and other fairy creatures, sequel to Birdy and the Ghosties (1989). Read full book review >
GRACE by Jill Paton Walsh
ADVENTURE
Released: June 3, 1992

"A provocative contrast to Avi's Nothing But the Truth (1991). (Fiction. 11+)"
At dawn on a stormy morning in 1838, Grace Darling, 22, a lighthouse keeper's daughter off England's northeast coast, spied a wreck and nine survivors. Read full book review >