Odd coincidence

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?? 


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on October 31, 2007, in Books I'm Reading, Random Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It may not so odd a coincidence as you might have thought. Sayers was one of the most literate authors from the so called golden age of the mystery novel. She remains influential even now. It is entirely possible that it was with “The Nine Tailors” in mind that Grimes set her story in the fens.

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