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The Documents in the Case
on 23 March 2017
This isn't a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. It consists of a series of letters, statements and newspaper reports and you really do have to pay attention to all the clues to work out who did it. The story focuses on a house in which an ill-assorted group of people live. The Harrisons own the house and employ a Miss Agatha Milsom as companion to Mrs Harrison and then two young men share the attic rooms.
The reader is given insight into their lives through a series of letters though it is revealed at the start of the book that one of the inhabitants is dead. The dead man is found dead in a shack in Devon where he appears to have eaten poisonous fungi. But he is an expert in such things and would never have picked, cooked and eaten a poisonous variety.
The only person who thinks it might have been murder is the dead man's son who has assembled the documents in the case. This is an intriguing read and the solution is ingenious though I don't claim to fully understand the science. This book is something of a curiosity and I think it is a book which grows on you with each re-reading. This is the second time I've read it and it made much more sense to me this time and I am starting to appreciate how clever it actually is.