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Book Title: The Documents in the Case|
The author of the book: Dorothy L. Sayers
ISBN 13: 9780060550349
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: March 1st 1987
Format files: PDF
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I love Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey’s novels, so was keen to try this stand alone story. “The Documents in the Case,” literally tells the story of a crime through a collection of letters, between a cast of characters, as well as written statements, newspaper clippings and other documents.
Our story begins in 1928, when a young artist, Harwood Lathom, and an aspiring novelist, John Munting, take the flat upstairs from the Harrisons. Mr Harrison is an engineer and amateur painter, with a passion for cooking; particularly with fungi gathered in the wild. His second wife, Mrs Harrison, is younger, emotional and bored. Her middle aged companion, Agnes Milsom, is highly strung and enjoys crafts. At the beginning of the book, it mainly Agnes voice we hear, as she pours out her interest about the two young men who have moved upstairs and the change it brings into the Harrisons lives.
However, of course, this is a crime novel, and, with a love affair, comes a motive for murder. The second half of the book involves Mr Harrison’s son from his first marriage, Paul, who returns from working abroad to try to get to the bottom of the crime.
This is an unusual, and original, read. We get to know the characters almost from a distance and all of the petty annoyances of neighbours, living together, marital life and family relationships are brought under the microscope. I found this a very enjoyable mystery and enjoyed Sayers voice and characters, as she deftly unveiled the story. She really is one of the best crime writers of all time and this is every bit as good, in my opinion, as her Wimsey novels.
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Read information about the authorDorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She is also known for her plays and essays.
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