The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #9)
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I started to eyeball Kate's review and I can't, because I'll probably just say what she says! But here are some thoughts unfiltered.
First, okay, there was a lot about bells. Let's say, if you're not interested in learning a lot of important information about the incredibly archane field of change-ringing, put the book down and back away slowly. Then again, if you're not interested in learning something new when you read, you should probably just got watch COPS.
The Nine Tailors, I have noticed, is the book people often mention in connection with Dorothy L. Sayers. It's a perennial favorite, mostly, I suspect, because of the solution to the murder--(view spoiler)[which comes in the very last few pages of the book through sheer happenstance and not because of Wimsey's Great Brain. Is this cheating? Did we, the readers, really have all the clues in front of us? Lots of hints, maybe, of the you-better-not-anger-the-b...more
I think, though, that The Nine Tailors was something more -- I think it was DS's meditation on the divine, or if it wasn't intentionally, I think that's what she did without knowing it. The whole cast of characters is there, righ...more
That's what everyone says, and I thought so too, until the murderer was revealed. Just another English countryside murder mystery, with the added extras of real scene-setting and a constant chill almost emanating from the pages, but still, just a murder mystery.
Until the excellent last scene where the subtly-built up mentions of floods and dams and sluice-gates all come to a head in a huge flood sequence, with commotion and community and panic and...more
I understand some people don't like that it has so much detail on the history of the bells and change-ringing, but I found it to be just the right amount and...more
Read,savour and sigh in utter contentment. The others can wait. For all the Victorian idiosyncracies (Thank heavens, that is not too much of an issue here); Dame Dorothy knows how to spin a yarn within a yarn in that languid,droll style that is decidedly Brit and she makes sure you know it as well.
Wade through all that razzmatazz about bells and then allow an exceptionally assured Artiste to take you into the bowels of the Ol' Blighty,smack into the heart of a...more
If I lived in a village where they rang in the New Year, not just with a peal of church bells, but with nine hours worth of marathon change ringing I think I'd find myself inclined to murder too. Aside from that I'm enjoying this, the first Sayers that I've tried, more than I expected to.
In the end I couldn't justify giving this book more than about a three star rating. On the back cover Sinclair Lewis (who I've never heard of but he seems to have won the 1930 Nobel Prize for Literature) says i...more
Our accidental detective is Lord Peter Wims...more
There are bells in this story. Big bells, little bells, people who know how to ring bells on a professional level, the politics of bell-ringing, bells who sometimes attack their ringers, endurance tests of bell-ringing, history of bells, bells bells bells, it's stopped even being a word now and is just a noise. "Bell". Meaningless.
That is how I felt when putting down this book. I assume that a bell-ringer would go into spasms of delight while reading Th...more
Well, The Nine Tailors follows a strange murder. And lots of bell ringing. Personally, I thought the explanation of bell ringing was too boring. Although admittedly, I have no interest in this subject. But it was written in an easy to understand way (...more
This one of last of the 10 mystery classics I thrifted last April. I love that I found these, even though some of them seem really predictable because they set industry standards and have been copied so much. The authors and characters have popped up as allusions in other books I’ve read this year.
The Nine Tailors (which refers to church bells, not a bunch of sewing guys) drags in places and seems to spend a dispr...more
It is a thoroughly satisfying mystery – sophisticated, complex, intellectually challenging. Everything in the plot is there for a reason; and the final explanation is ingenious and unexpected.
It is Sayers, so there is more than just a plot. The characters have a depth and realism far beyond the caricat...more
The holiday finds Lord Peter and Bunter tra...more
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herse...more