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Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
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Jun 16, 09

bookshelves: brit-lit, mystery
Read in June, 2009

There were a few parts of this book very well written, but over all, I felt like she borrowed way too much (or attempted to) from Conan Doyle. Since normal people don't typically take to memorizing Sherlock Holmes (I am an unhealthy fanatic) they probably wouldn't recognize a lot of the borrowing, but I began being put off at the outset by the "golden pince-nez." Come now, use your own ideas, please. I liked the characters, but disliked Sayers' constant references to "just like you'd read in a novel" descriptions. It continued to remind me that it was so, because I WAS in fact reading a novel. It's extremely difficult to get away with one statement like that, forget trying it five or six times in the same book. The story would have been fun, had I not seen several suspiciously borrowed elements from the Sherlock Holmes I have virtually memorized. If you've never read Sherlock Holmes, I don't see any reason this wouldn't be a fun read.
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