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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperTorch; Auflage: Reprint (11. Juli 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061043605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061043604
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 1,7 x 17,1 cm
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Her books are English Literature at its best. Her plots are finely tuned and her Lord Peter Wimsey is delightful The Times (letter) She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit. P. D. James I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail Ruth Rendell 'She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller.' Minette Walters -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


How did the mushroom expert come to poison himself with deadly fungi? The documents in the case seem to be simple love notes and letters home, yet they conceal a clue to the murderer who baffled the best minds in London. The author also wrote "Whose Body", "Clouds of Witness" and "Striding Folly". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Dieser Krimi von Dorothy L. Sayers ist ein interessantes Stück Literatur, da es kein Krimi im typischen Sinn ist. Es dauert erst einmal ca. 140 Seiten, bis überhaupt ein Mord geschieht. Alles, was davor kommt, ist Vorbereitung. Aber diese Vorbereitung is keineswegs langweilig, sondern eine bissige Gesellschaftssatire. Dann kommt der Mord und es folgt eine nicht weniger bissige Aufklärung. Geschrieben hat Sayers diesen Krimi, wie der Titel schon sagt, in Form von Dokumenten, d.h. in Form von Briefen und schriftlichen Aussagen. Der Krimi ist nicht sehr spannend, aber amüsant und in der Aufklärung nicht vorhersehbar. Ich habe ihn gern gelesen.
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Lord Peter Wimsey is off the case 13. Dezember 2003
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In a departure from her trademark Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane stories, Dorothy L. Sayers presents what is essentially an epistolary novel with this book. Ostensibly a collection of 40-some letters and 2 long written statements, the book details the events leading up to the murder of George Harrison (not *that* George Harrison), and the efforts of the victim's son and a reluctant ally to get to the truth of matter.
While it's not exactly Rashomon, unreliable narrators abound, and fixing just what's what as letters contradict each other is the reader's challenge in the first half of the book. In the second half, Paul Harrison details his efforts to find his father's killer and pulls in budding author John Munting to assist him. Their investigation proceeds in fits and starts until it hits the brick wall of knowing *who* committed the murder, and even *why* and *how*, but not being able to prove any of it. As the number of pages dwindles, you begin to doubt if Sayers can get out of the corner she's painted herself into. Without answering whether she does or not, I will say the ending doesn't disappoint.
One suspects that Sayers' late-1920's audience got more out of this novel than today's readers. Unless you're well versed in D.H. Lawrence, R.U.R., and other then-current artistic works, you - like me - will miss what I suspect are some rather satirical asides. Nonetheless, this remains a highly enjoyable book by one of England's best mystery writers. (Robert Eustace, Sayers' co-author, is the pseudonym of Dr. Eustace Robert Barton, who likely provided her with much of the scientific material for the story; he also collaborated with several other mystery writers in the first third of the 20th Century.)
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One of Sayers Best 15. Juli 2002
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Documents in the Case is unlike Sayers' other mysteries. It is in the form, first of all, of documents: letters, newspaper clippings, etc. Secondly, it does not feature Lord Peter Wimsey.
It is, however, an intensely interesting book. The characters, with the exception of the femme fatale (who is convincing but entirely unlikable), are portrayed sympathetically and the reader comes away with a sense of the complexity of human nature in general and of the novel's characters specifically. No one is all good or all bad or all anything. The victim--a fussy, middle-class, conservative husband--is drawn with great insight and compassion. Equally so, the murderer, for all the cruelty of the murder, is not unlikable and even pitiable.
The main narrator has many of the same personality quirks as Lord Peter Wimsey--a reluctance to get involved, oversensitivity and feelings of self-doubt--but his motives are, I think, more convincing. His quirks are less mannerisms and more part and parcel of his character (as eventually happens with Wimsey). Like all the other characters, he is flawed but comprehensible.
In fact, the book is a most unpretentious novel. I enjoy Sayers very much and consider myself a Wimsey fan, but Documents in the Case is, to my mind, a far more realistic and thoughtful mystery than some of Sayers' better known works. The mileau is middle-class. The victim's son (who is collecting the documents) is noble-minded but imperfect: hard to like even when you want him to "win". And the characters are truly impacted by the murder.
The murder itself is interesting enough but much more interesting is the theme that runs alongside the murder: the "lop-sidedness" of life in general, the idea that living things can never achieve the cookie-cutter perfection of synthetic creations.
Recommendation: Give it a try if you are interested in Sayers' work beyond Wimsey (and if you don't mind reading books in letter or document form).
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Fascinating and Funny Examination of Modern Issues 30. Mai 2008
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I hate to admit it, but I didn't even miss Lord Peter (although I love him). This novel is full of witty and satirically ridiculous characters addressing modern gender, scientific, and philosophical-theological issues in a subtle and fascinating way, ultimately touching on the issue of eugenics that so contributed to the Nazi horror. I especially recommend the audio version, because the reader brilliantly brings to life the vapid Mrs. Harrison and the grouchy novelist Munting, as well as the no-nonsense Victorian Harrison men. One of my favorite Sayers novels so far.
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No Wimsey, but plenty of good old-fashioned murder 26. Mai 2006
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"The Documents in the Case" is a departure from Dorothy Sayers' excellent Lord Peter Wimsey series. In the first half ("Synthesis"), the reader is introduced to the characters (married couple George and Margaret Harrison, roommates Lathom and Munting, and the disturbed Miss Milsom) through a series of letters from and to the characters. The basis for the crime is laid out early in the book, and the murder is solved in the second section ("Analysis").

(This book should be a must-read for organic chemistry students, who will appreciate the solution to the mystery.)

Besides furnishing the method of the murder, then-contemporary science plays a huge part in this book, with characters discussing the works of Einstein, Eddington and others. To the modern reader, this seems quaint and rather naive. "Glands" are discussed multiple times, with the implication that all human behavior would be explained in the near future as a result of "heredity and encrocine secretions, economics and aesthetics and so on." Another character comments that "Nature's only a rather clumsy kind of chemist . . . rather a careless and inaccurate one." This over-confidence was hardly justifies by future developments--1930s scientists could hardly have predicted the immense complication of the interactions of "heredity and endocrine secretions", and their effects on human behavior, nor the immense difficulty in organic sythesis, or the DNA revolution.

There a couple of real scientific howlers here, notably where one character describes light as a vibration in the aether, a theory that has been completely de-bunked (the "lumineferous aether" was supposed to be the propagation medium for light). Still, keeping in mind that this book was written in 1930, it's an interesting look into contemporary mindset and theories, and an absorbing mystery.
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Wishing for Wimsey 1. Januar 2014
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This is easily my least favorite Dorothy L. Sayers' book. It is an epistolary novel which makes any mystery of plot seem like an afterthought since it is all recounted rather than shown to develop. Robert Eustace, the co-author, was the one to suggest the method of murder and the proving of it, but by the time this information comes, the reader will most likely not be interested.

The mystery is the death of George Harrison, a man with a great love of creating new dishes with a variety of mushrooms as he was something of an expert on fungi. So when he is found dead with a dish of poisonous fungi near at hand, people assume the death was accidental, that he mistook a poisonous mushroom for a safe one. His son however, is not satisfied with this explanation and believes that his father's second wife, Margaret, is to blame. He sets out to collect as much information as he can to prove his suspicions, hence the documents or letters in the case. Most of the letters are that of John Munting to his fiancée Elizabeth, describing his time as neighbors to the Harrisons and how disagreeable he found them. His roommate, a painter by the name of Lathom, is taken by Margaret and makes some imprudent decisions because of it. When the son confronts Munting about Lathom, the young man begins to wonder if his friend has been truthful with him or not.

The choice to tell this story through letters and documented statements is interesting, but it ultimately subtracts any suspense from the mystery at hand. Sayers is able to bring her characters to life in letter form, but the excitement of following a mystery is lacking. Even the author herself confessed she messed this one up, wishing she had done more with the brilliant plot. The method of proving murder is ingenuous but the explanation of it is very technical and dry. It could have definitely used a dose of the Wimsey wit.
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