So… this whole year, I’ve been glutting myself with Dorothy L. Sayers books, reading them chronologically, which I’ve written about way too much, most likely, for most readers. Sadly, though, I recently came to the end of her Lord Peter Wimsey series. Or, rather, I thought I had. Against hope, I perused a list of her books, thinking that perhaps, I’d missed one. Joyously, I found out that I had somehow skipped The Nine Tailors. However, when I checked at the library, all copies were out. So, I placed myself on a waitlist for the book.
In the meantime, my Mom and Stepdad came over for one of their weekly visits. In hand, my Mom had a book she thought I’d enjoy: The Case Has Altered by Martha Grimes. As I was not reading any other fiction, I went ahead and started it. Not that I found it to be a bad book, per se, but it wasn’t quite my cuppa tea. I did read the whole thing, though. Happily, as I was finishing it, The Nine Tailors became available, and I started that just yesterday.
What’s so odd is this: The two books are set in nearly identical locations. The Case Has Altered is set in the tiny villages of the marsh and fenlands of Lincolnshire, and The Nine Tailors in the tiny villages of the marsh and fenlands of East Anglia, possibly Norfolk, which is directly adjacent to Lincolnshire. Sayers invented the exact village and church in which much of her story takes place, but it is believed that it was modeled after the “Cathedral of the Marshes,” St. Clement of the village Terrington St. Clement. That church is only roughly 12 miles from the village of Algarkirk, in which Grimes sets The Case Has Altered.
What’s up with that? When’s the last time you read two books by unrelated authors, and coincidentally found out that they were each set only miles from the other??