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The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
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Sep 26, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

They don't write mystery stories of this kind anymore I don't think. They say the devil is in the detail, and the one thing these old fashioned murder mysteries have it is detail - sometimes so much it addles your brain. The attention to detail and the complex, fiendishly clever plot with twists and turns at every stage make this a really good read, and rather more than just an old fashioned cosy mystery. Lord Peter Wimsey is a wonderful character, and I always rather love good old Bunter his "man."

Lord Peter and his trusty Bunter are stranded overnight in the tiny village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Years eve. They are taken in by the marvelous rector and his wife, both of whom are wonderful stereotypes. The rector is a keen bell ringer - and that very night there is to be a mammoth record breaking 9 hour bell ringing to see in the new year - and as they are one man down and Wimsey is himself a bell ringer (wouldn't you know it) he steps into the breech. During his stay Wimsey hears much of the local gossip, and becomes rather fond of his new found friends. Later when a body turns up in a grave being prepared for a funeral, the rector contacts Wimsey, who wastes no time in turning up again, this time making friends with the local Chief Superintendent. The plot is marvelously complicated, and although the campanology stuff is fairly incomprehensible, it must score 10/10 for research at the very least.
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