It’s probably no coincidence that the best of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels – Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors and Gaudy Night. The Nine Tailors [Dorothy L. Sayers] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Nine Tailors is Dorothy L. Sayers’s finest mystery, featuring Lord. on New Year’s Eve at the start of Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Nine Tailors. Sayers took her title from the number of times a bell will toll to mark.

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Murder Must Advertise — What’s on his Watchlist? So, on top of the standard excellent mystery and great humor of this series, Sayers also managed to evoke all those memories of a little country church and it’s beautiful sounding bells. Ezra Wilderspin 2 episodes, Herbert Ramskill Hezekiah Lavender 2 episodes, Well, at least the Esmeralda part.

The science and art of change-ringing are so deeply intriguing. Jim Thoday, appalled at William’s apparent brutality but loyal to him, had waited until the night following Lady Thorpe’s funeral, when he had made the body unrecognisable, hidden it in her grave, then left for sea.

I also find the story wonderfully enjoyable and clever, despite my reservations about the murder mystery itself. In the Peter Wimsey books there are many recurring characters and some plot lines which develop across the series – Peter’s relationship with Harriet Vane, or the career of of his friend Charles Parker – but most of the books in the series are quite definitely standalone, and this is one of them.

And yet no concrete enough detail. Not only can he solve mysteries like it’s nobody’s business, he’s also a seasoned change ringer. View all 3 comments. However, far from being a relaxing evening, the Reverend discovers that Lord Peter has some experience bell ringing — his personal passion.

I will continue and happily anticipate reading the others past 11 that I have missed. I have since seeing the series and listening to the radio version far closer to the book than the tv series been fascinated by campanology. Fabulous review — I must revisit this one, and soon! I like to learn about things, but here I think Sayers went a bit overboard. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


The eleventh Lord Peter Wimsey novel sees him and Bunter on their way to spend New Years with friends, when their car funs off the road, into a ditch, in a snowstorm.

However, given that it was written by Sayers, I would say that there is more to this book than jus I picked this one up because the adult education group at my Church read it before its June meeting.

MathFiction: The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Leigh Sayers)

Lady Thorpe is buried there. Well, at least the Esmeralda part Toll-toll-toll; and a pause; toll-toll-toll; and a pause; toll-toll-toll; the nine tailors, or teller-strokes, that mark the passing of a man.

Edit Cast Series cast summary: Like many books in high school and college, this book suffered from the Required Reading Syndrome. Dorotuy Follow us on Twitter: However, given that it was written by Sayers, I would say that there is more to this book than just the mystery.

And all of that is really good.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

And that I saw it. Colin August 28, It may have been a 4 star read experience for me if I had read it in print hardcover copy. I love it because of the setting; the flat, watery fens every time Wimsey’s outside I can feel the damp wind whistling past my earsthe isolated little villages, the nexus of classic English village life–the pub, the church, the big house where many of the villagers work as servants, the blacksmith and the smallholders scratching a living from poorly-run farms.

Possibly a bit too complicated for me to do myself, I nevertheless love to hear English for it IS uniquely English change-ringing of an evening. This is accomplished with adroit intricacy, immersion and humor. Playing tunes is simply not done.


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While staying with the Reverend, Lord Peter hears of the death of Lady Thorpe and of the theft of an emerald necklace some years before, when Mrs Wilbraham was a guest at the wedding of Lady Thorpe and Sir Henry. She didn’t write a grand “a-ha” moment into it, but the “a-ha” that happened in my own head just about knocked me over. Also writing inHRF Keating said that the author “incautiously inne the closed world of bell-ringing in The Nine Gailors on the strength of a sixpenny pamphlet picked up by chance—and invented a method of killing which would not produce death, as rhe as breaking a fundamental rule of that esoteric art by allowing a relief ringer to take part in her famous nine-hour champion peal”.

The Nine Tailors

One of my five favorite mysteries set in England, and the cause for our touring railors Fens and particularly Ely, and later King’s Lynn and Norwich, tje succeeding visits for a decade. Editorial Policy The views expressed in the articles and reviews on Dorohhy Libris are those of the authors, and not of Vulpes Libris itself. This web site looks interesting, but doesn’t mention the “lost” site, http: Venables 3 episodes, Neil McCarthy Whatever the case, Moira, you always make them sound so intriguing and here Hilary is confessing to them changing her life.

I can’t say as I’ll be lookin’ to read any more Lord Peter Wimsey novels soon though, old bean. He hauled himself to his feet and gazed out from horizon to horizon.

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