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Subject: lesser known british mystery
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 9:43 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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i have a book written by lillian de la torre - 'dr. sam: johnson detector'.  it is a fun book of mysteries taken from real events in history, and inserting dr. johnson as the solver of the mystery.  she uses boswell as her narrator, writing of johnson as he did in actuality.  each chapter is a completed mystery and uses a different historical occurrence from boswell and johnson's time.  the language is old-fashioned as befits the era, but it is easy to get into the feel of it after a sentence or two. 

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:20 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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Hi Julie!

Did you know I wouldn't be able to resist this one?

Subject: Dr.Sam
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:20 AM ET
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I believe she wrote four of the Dr. Sam Johnson: Detector books in all. I read them all and liked them, but it was so long ago that I can't remember their names. If you like the style, maybe you'd like Boswell's journals, which were discovered in a trunk (really! that old plot device, except true this time) and published, starting in the 1960s. No mystery in them except how somone who was leading such a rowdy life succeeded in surviving so long or had time to write a journal, much less a life of Dr.Johnson.