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Publisher's Summary

The best of the golden-age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. But in this thrilling murder story, she tells her story instead through the letters of the victim and the suspects.
The bed was broken and tilted grotesquely sideways. Harrison was sprawled over in a huddle of soiled blankets. His mouth was twisted.... Harrison had been an expert on deadly mushrooms. How was it then that he had eaten a large quantity of death-dealing muscarine? Was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder?
The documents in the case seemed to be a simple collection of love notes and letters home. But they concealed a clue to the brilliant murderer who baffled the best minds in London.
"She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller." (Minette Walters)
©1927 Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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2 out of 5 stars
By Heather Cawte on 08-09-16

Only for die-hard fans!

The first thing to say is that, contrary to the claim made on the cover, this is *not* a Lord Peter Wimsey, but a standalone epistolary novel about a case of poisoning by mushrooms. The story is clever, but is developed far too slowly, with a lot of unnecessary discussion of other topics, including the theories of Einstein - yes, seriously!

The narration is also poor. The reader has a rather monotonous voice, regularly puts the wrong stress on sentences, and completely mispronounces several words. A very amateurish performance of a rather tedious book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Eileen Elliott on 05-30-15

Excellent book.

If you could sum up The Documents in the Case in three words, what would they be?

Slow but exciting.

What other book might you compare The Documents in the Case to, and why?

None.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was irritating, too many inappropriate pauses which made the narrative difficult to follow. Would rather have heard it narrated by a man

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Found it initially very slow to get to the point, but eventually very exciting. I couldn't put it down!

Any additional comments?

Very different from other Dorothy L Sayers writings, but nonetheless, very enjoyable apart from the reading.

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