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The Documents in the Case Audiobook

The Documents in the Case

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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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    Carôle Kent, United Kingdom 26/04/2015
    Carôle Kent, United Kingdom 26/04/2015 Member Since 2009
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    "A Perfect WhoDunnit!"

    If you are reading through all of the reviews, I'm presuming it's in the hope of deciding whether or not to pursue the purchase of this novel. My suggestion, is yes!

    However, you have to do two things:-
    1. Forget that this is a Dorothy Sayers novel. This should be easy enough to do because there is no Lord Peter Wimsey, or any of the characters One would associate with his novels.

    2. Approach this as a new author's murder mystery novel that you are just embarking on. You will enjoy it immensely without the burden of thinking that this is not your usual Dorothy Sayers book.

    The narrative and concept of this book is both original and extremely clever! The way that it is read is really easy to enjoy and immerse yourself in. At the beginning pay particular attention to the date, place & author of the first few letters, so that it becomes 2nd nature to do so!

    You DO find out whodunit, eventually HOW it was done, but the brilliance of this novel is in the method of collating and presenting the evidence!

    Many of the other reviewers absolutely adored this book, I am one of them. But there are a good few who did not enjoy it, and I sincerely believe that that is because this is not, absolutely NOT your usual Dorothy Sayers fare & they couldn't get their minds around this.

    This is why I say, "Forget Dorothy Sayers and give this book a chance. You'll love it!"

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Eileen Elliott Haywards Heath, West sussex United Kingdom 30/05/2015
    Mrs Eileen Elliott Haywards Heath, West sussex United Kingdom 30/05/2015
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. V. Saunders OBE Surrey, England 27/08/2015
    Dr. V. Saunders OBE Surrey, England 27/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, gripping and a great performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. It is full of really interesting scientific information combined with a great story. The narrator is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very detailed and a real mystery right to the end. Dorothy Sayers at her absolute best and one I hadn't actually read in book form.


    Have you listened to any of Jane McDowell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but will certainly look for others of hers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was far too long but I listened to it on a couple of long car journeys and wanted to keep on listening.


    Any additional comments?

    It is quite intellectually challenging and does need some concentration to grasp all the intricacies of the plot and the documents of the case!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ina 23/07/2015
    Ina 23/07/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "A novel in letters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this novel. The rather unusual ploy of narrating the story through the correspondence between the main characters makes for an interesting take on the various angles on solving the crime.


    Would you recommend The Documents in the Case to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to someone who apart from enjoying a good crime novel also likes the natural science aspects that underlie the crime and it's solution.


    What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She manages to portrait the different characters by changing her voice and speech patterns to give each character it's very individual touch.


    Could you see The Documents in the Case being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Possible- though I would think it might be quite difficult to allow so many different points of view to be aired.
    Perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch as Munting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Cawte 09/08/2016
    Heather Cawte 09/08/2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Jones 26/05/2016
    Wendy Jones 26/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    This is very long winded. It lacks the pace and clarity of Dorothy L Sayers. I also think it should be more carefully edited as there were some glaring mis pronunciations .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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