The Documents in the Case

The Documents in the Case

Book - 1987
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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 30 people. 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 a series of letters and documents that no one seemed to care about, except the dead man's son.
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1987], c1930
ISBN: 9780060808365
0060808365
9780060550349
0060550341
Branch Call Number: PR6037.A95 D6 1987
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Eustace, Robert

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SusanOP Dec 10, 2014

"Have you noticed that the astronomers and mathematicians are much the most cheerful people of the lot? I suppose that perpetually contemplating things on so vast a scale makes them feel either that it doesn't matter a hoot anyway, or that anything so large and elaborate must have some sense in it somewhere."

SusanOP Dec 10, 2014

"The biologist can push it back to the original protist, and the chemist can push it back to the crystal, but none of them touch the real question of why or how the thing began at all. The astronomer goes back untold million of years and ends in gas and emptiness, and then the mathematician sweeps the whole cosmos into unreality and leaves one with mind as the only thing of which we have any immediate apprehension."

SusanOP Dec 10, 2014

“Praise God (or whatever it is) from (if direction exists) whom (if personality exists) all blessings (if that word corresponds to any percept of objective reality) flow (if Heraclitus and Bergson and Einstein are correct in stating that everything is more or less flowing about).”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, The Documents in the Case

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SusanOP Dec 04, 2014

This is a departure from the Lord Peter mysteries, and it is really an excellent stand alone mystery. Written in letters from the various players in the story: the paid companion, the neglected wife, the friend of her handsome artist lover, the unkowing cuckolded husband, and his adult son. Together they form a picture of a bad marriage, a betrayal, a love affair, and a murder. Sayers writing is intelligent and insightful, and story is suspenseful.

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