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The Anatomy of Murder

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Seven famous murders explored in essays by Detection Club members Helen de Guerry Simpson, Margaret Cole, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Rhode, E.R. Punshon, Francis Iles, and Freeman Wills Crofts
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published 1937 by The Macmillan Company
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Jan 18, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, true-crime
"The Detection Club" (founded in 1930) was a group of mostly (but not exclusively) British mystery writers. The club was largely the brainchild of Anthony Berkeley (a/k/a Francis Iles). He wanted to create a network of the leading mystery novelists of his day. The club included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Dickson Carr (a/k/a Carter Dickson), G. K. Chesterton, and Freeman Wills Crofts. The Club funded its dinners and pay for the rent of their club building through "round robin" myste ...more
May 06, 2017 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of essays covering seven crimes - all baffling in some way or another - written by seven of the Golden Age of crime writers including Dorothy L Sayers. One case is from Australia, one from New Zealand and one from France and the rest from the UK. I was particularly interested in the Wallace case as I haven't read much about it before and Dorothy L Sayers clearly went into it in some detail.

The Rattenbury case was totally unknown to me and while I didn't particularly apprecia
Jules Goud
Not what I was expecting.

This book was a little bit hard to read because it was a book of essays. And, I didn't realize that.

Some of it was interesting, and some of it was slow. It was an interesting idea to have authors comment on real life crimes. The points that they raised were pretty good ones and it was cool to see how the processed the evidence and their take of the criminals that performed the crimes.

But, I didn't realize that it was a book of essays, and so, it was pretty hard to read.
Rog Harrison
I had thought this was a novel but it is actually seven essays about real murder trials by members of the Detection Club first published in 1936. For me some of the cases were not that interesting to start with and certainly I found some of the transcripts from the trials boring. So it took me a couple of weeks to get through this whereas I usually read a novel within a couple of days.

I probably enjoyed the essays by ER Punshon and Dorothy L Sayers the most. Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley Cox) w
As you might expect the stories are told in a procedural way, but a good read nevertheless. I enjoyed the concept of true crime told by authors of fiction, it certainly helped with the flow of the individual plots.

However if you like your crime novels to have the story tied up in a bow, this isn't for you; as this is true crime, the story can only be told with the information available, which does leave a lot of room for uncertainty.
Oct 23, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's very interesting and different to see these crime writer giants commenting on real life cases instead of inventing their own. My favourite section was the one by Francis Iles, I just love his perceptive and sardonic style and he is certainly the master of the understatement.
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The 1931 newly formed Detection Club members wrote one chapter each, one the prologue, and another a close for The Floating Admiral, and all devised solutions included in final publication. Authors then: Anthony Berkeley, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, G.D.H. Cole, Margaret Cole, Freeman Wills Croft, Clemence Dane , Edgar Jepson, Milward Kennedy, Ronald Knox, John Rhode, Dorothy L. Sayers, Henr ...more
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