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The Nine Tailors: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey… (edition 1959)

by Dorothy L Sayers

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Title:The Nine Tailors: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Authors:Dorothy L Sayers
Info:New English Library (1959), Edition: New Impression, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, mystery, read in 2012, given away on Bookmooch

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The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (Author)



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A re-read again. It takes a while for the body to make an appearance, but the story in the interim all starts to make sense as the story progresses. The story has, as an integral part, the very English hobby of bellringing. As a ringer, I like the detail and the way the ringing is so important (although I can see the slight errors, for the weight of bells, that New year's peal would be a lot longer than 9 hours). I like the terminology of the chapter titles and how they are largely ringing terminology. The mystery itself is two that are embrangled. There's a missing emerald necklace that has caused a lot of trouble, then a body turns up, with it's face smashed in and hands missing - presumably to prevent identification and a significant portion of the second mystery revolves round trying to answer that question.
It's an inventive mystery, with a lovely interplay between Peter and the policeman, and the villagers are a lovely character study. There's a lot to like about this, and I do like it every time. ( )
1 vote Helenliz | May 12, 2015 |
There are no weak spots in this complex mystery. It is entertaining and stimulating as well as having an old world charm. Of all the Sayers' books I have read, this one is my favourite so far. The clever use of bells give it an unusual twist yet in a familiar church setting. The characters are delightful, especially Lord Peter Wimsey. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  VivienneR | Mar 5, 2015 |
A fun read with lots of mysterious events. However the bells drove me nuts — and I wasn't the only one. Half the characters in the book were driven crazy by those bells. Dorothy Sayers's writing is witty but also verbose. Still, The Nine Tailors was worth reading for its entertainment value. ( )
  krazy4katz | Jan 22, 2015 |
Lovely twist and historically interesting, Sayers books are all worth reading. ( )
  Kelley.Logan | Jan 16, 2015 |
Sayers’ research on bell patterns and civil water engineering sometimes overwhelms the plot. And the reverence for small town rectors occasionally drags on. But the actual mystery is crafty, and the melancholy ambience makes a fitting background for Wimsey and Bunter’s visit to the Fens. ( )
  Ling.Lass | Dec 14, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sayers, Dorothy L.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayer, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eräpuro, AnnikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Francavilla, A. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RuneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Næsted, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The coil of rope which is necessary to hold in the hand, before, and whilst raising a bell, always puzzles a learner; it gets into his face, and perhaps around his neck (in which case he may be hanged!). TROYTE 'On Change Ringing'

'That's torn it! said Lord Peter Wimsey.
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When his sexton finds a corpse in the wrong grave, the rector of Fenchurch St Paul asks Lord Peter Wimsey to find out who the dead man was and how he cane to be there.
The lore of bell-ringing and a brilliantly-evoked village in the remote fens of East Anglia are the unforgettable background to a story of an old unsolved crime and its violent unravelling twenty years later.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156658992, Paperback)

The Nine Tailors is Dorothy L. Sayers's finest mystery, featuring Lord Peter Whimsey, and a classic of the genre.


The nine tellerstrokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll out the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Peter Whimsey to investigate the good and evil that lurks in every person. Steeped in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat fen-country of East Anglia, this is a tale of suspense, character, and mood by an author critics and readers rate as one of the great masters of the mystery novel.

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When the parish church bells toll out the death of an unknown man, Lord Peter investigates the sinister affair.

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