Author: Dorothy Leigh Sayers
Dates: 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957
Title of Book: Strong Poison
The patient old eyes seemed to sum them up and take stock of their united intelligence. Three respectable tradesmen – a tall, argumentative one, a stout, embarrassed one with a drooping moustache, and an unhappy one with a bad cold; a director of a large company, anxious not to waste valuable time; a publican, incongruously cheerful; two youngish men of the artisan class; a nondescript, elderly man, of educated appearance, who might have been anything; an artist with ared beard disguising a weak chin; three women – an elderly spinster, a stout capable woman who kept a sweet-shop, and a harassed wife and mother whose thoughts seemed to be continually straying to her abandoned hearth.
‘Members of the jury – you have listened with great patience and attention to the evidence in this very distressing case, and it is now my duty to sum up the facts and arguments which have been put before you by the learned Attorney-General and by the learned counsel for the defence, and to put them in order as clearly as possible, so as to help you in forming a decision.’
Brief Biography: Sayers was a crime novelist, poet and playwright. She was considered to be one of the queens of crime fiction along with Agatha Christie and is most famous for her novels and short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.