Sayers

“The criminal, “said Lord Peter, bitterly, “climbed over the roofs in the wet and not unaturally got soot on his fingers.  He arranged the body in the bath, and wiped away all traces of himself except two, which he obligingly left to show us how to do our job.  We learn from a smudge on the floor that he wore india rubber boots, and from this admirable set of finger-prints on the edge of the bath that he had the usual number of fingers and wore rubber gloves.  That’s the kind of man he is. Take the fool away. gentlemen.”

Notes: Close attention to detail (India rubber boots, unaturally got soot on his fingers), humor,  sarcasm, typical detective recreation of an incident,

 

Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body? 1923. Reprint, New York: Dover, 2009

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