The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey #11)
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 str...more
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
The thing I love about D...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
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
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
Like many books in high school and college, this book suffered from the Required Reading Syndrome. No avenue of escape. You have to read it and there's a test. For the record, I'm not a proud ignoramus. I was gobbling up Livy, Suetonius, Plat...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
The background is atmospheric and authentic with the Fens...more
I was surprised to find how useful L...more
In this flattened landscape, there are a few promontories from the old days. There are old docks and warehouses at Walbeach, for example, though it hasn't been a port for centuri...more
Thoughts: I actually had meant to request Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart but somehow I mixed the two up (hey they both have nine in the tile and I had prioritized both!) I enjoyed the short stories I read earlier in the year but I felt that the mystery was not necessarily a priority to the Lord Peter stories; instead character takes preference. I also thought the title referred to...more
Well, my expectations were not met, and certainly this particular book doesn't, to my mind, compare to either Agatha Christie or Elizabeth George. It was hard work getting through the first 100 pages:...more
Our accidental detective is Lord Peter Wims...more
2013: This year I read it as part of rereading all of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries in order. It loses something that way, in that it doesn't fit so well among the others-not as funny, not as personal, and with spiritual and other thematic elements from outside the world of the others. What other bad things can I say about it? The country pe...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
There was less about the technical side of bell-ringing in the audio adaptation, which...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