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The Documents in the Case ❮EPUB❯ ❂ The Documents in the Case ✽ Author Dorothy L. Sayers – Thomashillier.co.uk The grotesquely grinning corpse in the Devonshire shack was a man who died horribly with a dish of mushrooms at his side His body contained enough death dealing muscarine to kill people Why would an The grotesquely grinning corpse in the in the PDF/EPUB Ã Devonshire shack was a man who died horribly with a dish of mushrooms at his side His body contained enough death dealing muscarine to killpeople Why would an expert on fungi feast on a large quantity of this particularly poisonous species A clue to the brilliant murderer, who had baffled the best minds in London, was hidden in The Documents eBook À a series of letters and documents that no one seemed to care about, except the dead man s son.

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Documents in the Case
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 0061043605

About the Author: Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned in the PDF/EPUB Ã British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanistDorothy 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 The Documents eBook À be her best work She is also known for her plays and essays.



10 thoughts on “The Documents in the Case

  1. Susan Susan says:

    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 p 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

  2. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Ellery Queen said Sayers has doneto add literary tone to crime fiction than most of her contemporaries This is undoubtedly true Sayers writes better English than most of her contemporaries, and her literary erudition simply shines through her stories They are sometimesslow moving than conventional whodunits, but if you take the time to savour the prose and the way the narrative is constructed, it can be a rewarding experience.There is usually no rabbit out of the hat ending i Ellery Queen said Sayers has doneto add literary tone to crime fiction than most of her contemporaries This is undoubtedly true Sayers writes better English than most of her contemporaries, and her literary erudition simply shines through her stories They are sometimesslow moving than conventional whodunits, but if you take the time to savour the prose and the way the narrative is constructed, it can be a rewarding experience.There is usually no rabbit out of the hat ending in novels by Sayers, when the detective assembles all the possible suspects and picks out the least likely one as the murderer Her stories are usuallymundane and down to earth we come to know the likely suspects halfway through the story The mystery is exactly how the murder was committed the method, the opportunity, the unbreakable alibi This novel is no different in that sense However, it does have major differences in the fact that it does not contain Lord Peter Wimsey, and is written almost totally in epistolary format.George Harrison, amateur cook who dabbles in the use of unusual material to prepare his dishes, is found dead in The Shack , a remote country cottage in the village of Manaton in Devon Apparently, it is an accident he has eaten the poisonous Amanita muscaria, or Fly Agaric , in place of the edible Amanita rubescens Warty Caps a common enough mistake as the fungi grow in the same area He has been alone in the cottage for three days when the accident happened, so any question of foul play is ruled out.But his son, Paul Harrison, is not convinced He knows his dad too well to know that he won t make a silly mistake like that And when he comes to know that his young stepmother Margaret is having an intrigue with the painter Harwood Lathom who has been sharing their building, and this Lathom was staying with the unsuspecting Harrison at The Shack a couple of days before the death, his worst suspicions are aroused he is sure it s murder But the problem is, Lathom has a cast iron alibi, as though he knew in advance it would be needed How Paul unravels exactly how George was poisoned forms the heart of the story.Sayers has structured the novel in two parts Synthesis , leading up to the crime, and Analysis , showing how the mystery is unravelled It is presented in the form of a dossier prepared by Paul Harrison to Sir Gilbert Pugh, Director of Public Prosecution, comprising various letters in chronological order and statements from Harrison himself and John Munting, Lathom s friend who is a bestselling author, to fill in the gaps The letters are written by Agatha Milsom Margaret Harrison s companion to her sister John Munting to his bride to be George Harrison to his son and Margaret Harrison to Harwood Lathom The beauty of this format is that every one is an unreliable narrator Agatha Milsom, whose letters opens the narrative, is by her own confession undergoing a difficult phase and seeing a psychiatrist the lady obviously has a severe case of hysteria, and a dangerous repressed sexuality She sees George Harrison as a boor who is terrorising his poor wife In the letters Munting writes to his wife, however, Harrison is shown infavourable light as a traditional middle aged husband who is played upon by a drama queen wife George s letters to Paul who is an engineer, away in Africa on an assignment , however, show us an indulgent if somewhat old fashioned husband The crux of the story comes when Agatha Milsom encounters a man on the staircase landing in the night during Harrison s absence from the house she is sure it is in John Munting, come down to steal her chastity, and creates an uproar Harrison thinks it is Munting all right, but the target is his wife and duly throws him out The fact is that it was Lathom wearing Munting s dressing gown, out for a midnight assignment with Margaret Munting, in the true tradition of the gentleman, takes the rap for his friend by keeping his mouth shut.The misunderstanding is cleared up to a certain extent after Agatha Milsom is institutionalised George Harrison is willing to dismiss the whole episode as a figment of the companion s diseased imagination Lathom keeps up his affair with Margaret her true nature is revealed in the letters she writes to Lathom, which are included here as well as his friendship with the cuckolded husband he gets so chummy with the latter so much as to stay for extended periods with him at his village hideaway One day, he forces Munting to accompany him there against the better counsel of his conscience to find Harrison having met his end in Agony.The second part is mostly narrated by Paul Harrison and Munting, with brief letters and reports from the inquest inserted in between, and is the conventional amateur murder investigation However, there is no detective with his brilliant intellect here, and the detection mostly consists of painstaking legwork The solution, when it comes, is through fortuitous chance which nevertheless is entirely believable.This is a very fast read a good mystery, though not outstanding and contains some brilliant characterisation Sayers capability to write in four different voices must be commended The opposing viewpoints presented in the juxtaposed letters wrong foots the reader, not allowing the formation of an opinion on any of the characters This forces one to keep an open mind until about midway in the book.Extremely enjoyable.Review also up on my BLOG

  3. Mary Durrant Mary Durrant says:

    Brilliant mystery.Very cleverly done by letters.Was it suicide or was Harrison murdered Beautifully written with suspense

  4. Craig Monson Craig Monson says:

    This is not your usual Dorothy Sayers no Lord Peter Wimsey, no Lord Peter s idiosyncratic butler, no Harriet Vane It does not even appear among the novels listed on her Wikipedia biography though it does crop up on Wikipedia s List of Works by Dorothy L Sayers page This may be because she shared authorship on the title page, if not always the cover publishers presumably wouldn t risk hurting sales with Robert Eustace, who apparently sorted out the scientific complexities that loom larg This is not your usual Dorothy Sayers no Lord Peter Wimsey, no Lord Peter s idiosyncratic butler, no Harriet Vane It does not even appear among the novels listed on her Wikipedia biography though it does crop up on Wikipedia s List of Works by Dorothy L Sayers page This may be because she shared authorship on the title page, if not always the cover publishers presumably wouldn t risk hurting sales with Robert Eustace, who apparently sorted out the scientific complexities that loom large in solving the mystery toward the end Although Sayers judged the book a flop interestingly enough , it nevertheless seems to have sold well my yellowing, 30 year old paperback had been through 9 printings since 1964, and the original 1930 edition, through 11, apparently.It has the air of a literary experiment 130 pages of documents, chiefly letters in which characters with various axes to grind, aberrant psychologies to act out, and misdeeds to disguise, offer their own spins on the facts or alternative facts of the story Ninety pages of analysis follow, still largely in the form of letters by characters from part 1, determined or reluctant to sort out what really happened.We come to know the characters exclusively through what they say about themselves and others in all these writings a lot of it between the lines And it offers little of the wit and lively repartee one expects of the Peter Wimsey crowd, though some characters work very hard at being clever The author s seem less concerned than usual with creating a very likeable or sympathetic bunch less troubling to publishers in 1930 than today.Readers intrigued by the underlying premise, ardent admirers of Sayers literary gifts, and academic narratologists may like it most Others may wonder uneasily if Dorothy Sayers got it right

  5. Leah Leah says:

    Considering this was in the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, I was not struck with its uniqueness Telling a story entirely in documents and letters is not groundbreaking now, although in 1930 it may have been Having just read a book of letters, these come across as far too verbose and writerly, and the statements filled with asides and inner thoughts just seem unlikely However, Sayers has the gift of subtlety and quiet humour that infuse her characters with definite qualities likeabl Considering this was in the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, I was not struck with its uniqueness Telling a story entirely in documents and letters is not groundbreaking now, although in 1930 it may have been Having just read a book of letters, these come across as far too verbose and writerly, and the statements filled with asides and inner thoughts just seem unlikely However, Sayers has the gift of subtlety and quiet humour that infuse her characters with definite qualities likeable or unlikeable and allow us to get really stuck into the story The awful Miss Milsom, the unpleasant Mr Harrison and his equally prejudiced son, the cheeky and opinionated Mr Munting, all these characters are beautifully drawn and the kind of characters of whom definite opinions can be formed this is a blessed relief in a world where character is being sacrificed for plot everfrequently and ambivalence about characters has become the norm Mrs Harrison presents a problem Sayers as a woman writer in the 20s and 30s must have come across rampant sexism on a daily basis, in newspapers and in publishing and in simple everyday conversation It is problematic to me that she wrote this book from an all male perspective, as I can t tell where the quietly comic digging at the male ego ends and the internalised women as subordinate attitude begins The catalyst for the crime is never clearly pronounced did the faithless wife plant the seed of malice in her lover s heart Or was she too passive and reflective Considering Sayers unsympathetic portrayal of the husband, was she justifying the affair Or condemning the faithlessness of women Perhaps the perspective indicates her impression of the overall perspective of men that women may be the cause of all woe in their lives, but aren t important enough to have clearly resolved motives or stories.All in all, I would much rather read a Harriet Vane centric story now there was a female voice worth reading

  6. Abbey Abbey says:

    1930, Dorothy L Sayers slow moving classic tale, not one of Sayers best three and one half stars.Told from a variety of viewpoints via letters and court documents, this is the sad tale of a mis matched married couple, and the neighbors who turn their lives upside down Mr and Mrs Harrison are a nice suburban couple he rather older than she, and neither understan 1930, Dorothy L Sayers Robert EustaceEpistolary novel concerning a possible murder, and the lengths a son goes to, to find out what really happened slow moving classic tale, not one of Sayers best three and one half stars.Told from a variety of viewpoints via letters and court documents, this is the sad tale of a mis matched married couple, and the neighbors who turn their lives upside down Mr and Mrs Harrison are a nice suburban couple he rather older than she, and neither understanding the other s point of view much Mr Harrison is set in his ways, and his much younger second wife is finding it hard going living with him, but things seem to be ambling along in their lives fairly decently, until two young men move in upstairs a moody would be novelist, and a charismatic young painter Together they, and the Harrison menage, get very mixed up and upset concerning relationships , and the end result isn t good for Mr Harrison We get to see the four main characters through the eyes of each of them via correspondence with the others and some court documents, and of a couple of the peripheral characters as well, beginning with the loopy companion help for Mrs Harrison she s a middle aged, quite repressed spinster lady with peculiar ideas about romance Although she manages to stir up a great deal of trouble, she and Mrs Harrison get on very nicely, and it s her account of the young men that we first see Her perceptions of the situation from her quite partisan viewpoint sets the tone for what evolves into a rather peculiar story, extremely slow moving and moody, but interestingly constructed nonetheless Near the end of the novel Ms Sayers spends one enormous chapter expostulating on The Meaning of Life, Spirituality, Chemistry, and The Universe amongst several academics and one of the main protagonists, and this is stultifyingly boring It s meant to show an important clue to the solution of the mystery, but is so complexly set out that it s entirely bewildering I gleaned the intent from the later information in the story, and wish she d mostly eliminated that chapter it was very wearing Anyway, various odd things happen in the inter relationships between Mr and Mrs Harrison, the companion, the artist, and the novelist, and later with Mr Harrison s son Paul, who questions his father s peculiar death Beautifully plotted, and mostly smoothly written, this is still awfully boring tremendously boring in spots, particularly the medical biological information necessary the authors felt necessary to solve the mystery is obscure and convoluted presumably this was Mr Eustace s contribution to the book It really drags the pace and the plot down, and almost sinks the book It s an interesting attempt at a different sort of story for Sayers, and almost works, but not quite Perhaps it seemed a better story when epistolary novels were ratherpopular I am admittedly not much of a fan of them excepting Dracula, of course DOCUMENTS is somewhat entertaining, in a mild and quietly interesting way, but not anywhere near Sayers best work

  7. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    Is this the only Sayers mystery novel not to showcase Lord Peter I m not sure but it marks a whole other direction that Sayers could have taken in her writing.Made up of the documents in the case primarily letters, reports and a couple of witness statements, there is no overall narrator who pulls the whole story together and yet the reader is intriguingly drawn into not just the murder but the lives, inner and outer, of the characters involved.Very much of its time, this gives an intriguing Is this the only Sayers mystery novel not to showcase Lord Peter I m not sure but it marks a whole other direction that Sayers could have taken in her writing.Made up of the documents in the case primarily letters, reports and a couple of witness statements, there is no overall narrator who pulls the whole story together and yet the reader is intriguingly drawn into not just the murder but the lives, inner and outer, of the characters involved.Very much of its time, this gives an intriguing view of London in the 1930s when artists were still Bohemian and therefore morally suspicious, when the whole food healthfood natural food thing was just absurd and ridiculous, and when there was a huge intellectual ferment over quantum theory chaos theory and what that means for religion and life I m making this sound incredibly intellectual and dull but trust me it isn t these themes are woven very skillfully into the narrative, but this is fundamentally a story of the clash of people and the resulting murder.The characters were well drawn, if stereotypical the slightly mad spinster with an obsession with sex, the modern young novelist with his intellectual theories, the beautiful but dim wife married to an engineer much older than her, the morally dubious but brilliant artist and yet while we read the book we believe in these people.If you want a slap bang murder on page 1 with lots of blood and gore, then this probably isn t the book for you but if you want a light, yet entertaining read, with an ingenious murder at the heart of it, then I recommend this

  8. mark monday mark monday says:

    interesting, unusual entry in the dorothy sayers mystery cannon, one that surprisingly does not feature peter wimsey, harriet vane, or, alas, bunter basically a series of letters, the mystery unfolds amongst much light satire and amusing character bits it is intriguing to see how the various letters often contradict one another, rashoman style.

  9. Theresa Theresa says:

    A very clever mystery The Documents in the Case is well written and slowly played out to reveal the interplay of personalities The author s sympathy at first is engaged by reading letters written by the major characters of the book Slowly the personalities emerge and the reader is pleasurably encouraged to change their own perspectives of the characters as their individual idiosyncrasies, temptations and motives are revealed.For instance, take a look at Miss MilsomMiss Milson has always se A very clever mystery The Documents in the Case is well written and slowly played out to reveal the interplay of personalities The author s sympathy at first is engaged by reading letters written by the major characters of the book Slowly the personalities emerge and the reader is pleasurably encouraged to change their own perspectives of the characters as their individual idiosyncrasies, temptations and motives are revealed.For instance, take a look at Miss MilsomMiss Milson has always seemed to me a very tiresome woman, and lately she has been getting altogether above herself She consults these psycho analytical quacks, who encourage her to attach an absurd importance to her whims and feelings, and to talk openly at the dinner table about things which, in my doubtless old fashioned opinion, ought only to be mentioned to doctors Besides, she is very lazy and untidy, and, instead of putting her mind to the housework, she litters the place with wool and bits of of paper which she calls art materials, and she borrows my paints and forgets to return them There is no harm, of course, in her doing needlework and making calendars, if it does not interfere with her duties, but she has frequently been very impertinent when I have had occasion to speak about the unsatisfactory cooking.Lathom has been painting a picture of her a very clever thing, certainly, but it seems to have turned her head completelyHow clever this portrayal of a character is done within the context of a letter Suspense is slowly drawn out as the reader begins to question, along with Mr Harrison s son, whether murder did in fact occur, and exactly how it could have been possible Could Mr Harrison, an expert with fungi, have mistakenly added poisonous mushrooms to his stew With a clear motive that is gradually unfurled present, but no opportunity, did in fact, murder take place Suspense is slowly drawn out as the reader begins to question, along with Mr Harrison s son, whether murder did in fact occur, and exactly how it could have been possibleI looked through the instrument Dead blackness But if the thing had shown all the colours of the rainbow, I should have been in no state to draw any conclusions from it I sat stunned while somebody switched on the lights, extinguished the Bunsen burner and locked all the apparatus up again.Then I found myself straggling after the other two, while they talked about something or the other I had an indea that I came into it, and presently Waters turned back and thrust his arm into mine What you want, he said, is a double Scotch, and no soda I don t very well remember getting home, but that, I think, was not due to the double Scotch, but to the bewilderment of mind I do remember waking my wife up and blurting out my story in a kind of confused misery, which must have perplexed and alarmed her And I remember saying that it was quite useless to think of going to bed, because I should never sleep And I remember waking this morning very late, with the feeling that someone was dead My interest wanted somewhat in the middle, but I persevered and was so glad I did as the mystery began to be revealed in developed in the final third of the book.Sayers, once again, has proven herself a master of the mystery genre If you are new to Dorothy Sayers, I would recommend beginning with her Strong Poison to get a feel for her writing and creativity before tackling this one

  10. ShanDizzy ShanDizzy says:

    I gave this one 3 stars because Sayers is one of my all time favorite authors Honestly, I simply do not know how I feel about this story There was definitely some drama which kept me turning the pages and it was an interesting premise a series of letters from different POVs to tell a story The ending was to use this word again interesting.

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