The Documents in the Case

  • by Dorothy L Sayers, Robert Eustace
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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)


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Customer Reviews

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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!"

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- Carôle

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?


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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- Mrs Eileen Elliott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton