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  • Title: The Nine Tailors
  • Author: Dorothy L. Sayers ElizabethGeorge
  • ISBN: 9780450001000
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P D James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey The 11th book featuring Lord Peter, set in a country church, is often named as the best detective story ever written With an introduction by Elizabeth George.
    The Nine Tailors The best of the golden age crime writers praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P D James and Ruth Rendell Dorothy L Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey The th book

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    1. Where I got the book from my bookshelf.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 bells vari [...]

    2. 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 The year is dead toll him out with twelve strokes , one for every passing month Then silence Then, from the faint, sweet tubular chimes of the clock overhead, the four quarters and the twelve strokes of midnight The ringers grasped their ropes Go The Bells The Bells Esmeraldaaaaaa Okay, okay, wrong book Well, at least the Esmeralda part.Lord Peter is such a han [...]

    3. borrowed from the kate 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.Secondly, one o [...]

    4. 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 They find themselves stranded in the village of Fenchurch St Pauls, where they are taking in by the kindly Reverend Venables and his wife However, far from being a relaxing evening, the Reverend discovers that Lord Peter has some experience bell ringing his personal passion With the village decimated by influenza, and a man short, h [...]

    5. I m having a terrible time writing this review OK yes, there s a mystery and it s an interesting mystery Yes, it s just as improbable as most of Sayers other mysteries Yes, the writing is gorgeous Yes, it s literary and elliptical And all of that is really good.I think, though, that The Nine Tailors was something 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, right out of a tradit [...]

    6. This is not my favourite Lord Peter mystery.There was a lot about bells, most of which went right over my head I tended to skip the combinations for the ringing of the bells and also the very lengthy procedure taken to break the cypher Other than that, it was a good read which could have been improved by not quite so much of the bell ringing paraphernalia I like to learn about things, but here I think Sayers went a bit overboard.Lord Peter and Bunter find themselves marooned in a Fens village fo [...]

    7. THE BELLS THE BELLS OH GOD, THE BELLS.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 The Nine Tail [...]

    8. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, in its infinite wisdom, has seen fit to make this book one of two Dorothy Sayers mysteries that you absolutely have to read or you are illiterate I still say that Strong Poison should have made the list, but the good people at The List Inc haven t ever listened to my suggestions and certainly aren t going to start now That being said, The Nine Tailors is still a delightful addition to Lord Peter Wimsey s collection of exploits The thing I love about Dorot [...]

    9. One of my favourites of the Peter Wimsey books, though I have to say that this time I felt that there was something a bit off about the pacing It felt a little slow in places, and because the murdered man so patently obviously deserved it i.e is not a sympathetic sort of character I m not a fan of the death penalty or revenge killings or anything like that, but you do feel that he got what was coming to him it s difficult to feel any urgency about the investigation, especially because you feel a [...]

    10. My grandfather was a pastor of a small rural church when I was young I only have vague memories of his sermons during but I vividly remember walking to church on Sunday mornings to the sound of those bells ringing.I don t attend church these days, but I still listen out for the sound of church bells and unfortunately, the churches nearest my place all use that pre recorded junk piped out of tinny speakers None of them ring for anything other than keeping time Which is a good thing, I suppose, wi [...]

    11. It is immaterial that this is a mystery It is , I think, a great accomplishment in fiction.I love books that educate or impart archane info in support of atmosphere or the story and this is one of those It had me searching for recordings of change ringing it also helped me get Richard Thompson s Time to Ring Some Changes , a small thing but there it is.Take it as read that I love and recommend all the Whimsey books and ,and yes,the boy is down with the hyper romantic H Vane series which everyone [...]

    12. This book is a blast, all nine bells going The writing is energetic and in command of the craft as if a showcase of bell ringing While a murder mystery, it is an exposition of English Church Bell ringing, chiming over the English Marshland Fens and the English society This is accomplished with adroit intricacy, immersion and humor The book, written in the early thirties feels utterly modern The main character has no description of himself in this book, nor do any other characters, yet they all a [...]

    13. I picked this one up because the adult education group at my Church read it before its June meeting I could not make the meeting, but decided that I would read it anyway This is a classic English detective novel it takes place in a small town in the country, the detective comes to town by chance and a dead body shows up sort of , and we discover the dark secrets that are kept by the villagers However, given that it was written by Sayers, I would say that there is to this book than just the myst [...]

    14. This one I had trouble getting into because I was confused See, I thought it was a novel, and then I opened the book and it said, Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals, so I thought ummmm, two short stories and two novellas then So I read the first short touch thinking it was a short story and it was a very odd short story with lots about church bells and no mystery at all It was only after I turned a few pages that I realized this was indeed a novel Eventually, I [...]

    15. An engaging mystery set in Fenchurch St Paul.Wonderful characters and descriptions of the Church and the art of change ringing.Beautifully written in the Golden age of crime era.So of its time.An engrossing brilliant story.Will be looking out for .A re read for me

    16. Dorothy L Sayers dramatisation with Ian Carmichael Another interesting BBC dramatization.Free download available at Faded Page.

    17. Perhaps a Dorothy Sayers was what I needed just now, but I m not sure this was it There was a lot of technical stuff about change ringing church bells excerpts from various books on the subject For example, after a list of numbers, meaning the order in which the bells are to be rung is Out of the hunt, middle, in and out at 5, right, middle, wrong, right, middle and into the hunt 4 times repeated dOut of the hunt, wrong, right, middle, wrong, right, in and out at 5, wrong and into the hunt 4 tim [...]

    18. The Nine Tailors is a book I think about fondly, although I can t quite think of why Some of it is the atmosphere, I think the Englishness of this little village in the Fens, and the music of the bells woven all through the story or, not music exactly, but the complex mathematical patterns of British bell ringing In a way, that s how this mystery feels, too it s complex, with several mistaken identities and a long unsolved mystery It s also a sad one, because a family gets shattered through almo [...]

    19. Absolutely inimitable A somewhat long and plodding first act, but wow, what a payoff As much literature as it is genre fiction Sayers is a master of the whodunnit, but at her very best, her novels encompass so much than the whodunnit question In The Nine Tailors, she writes about the geography of the English fen country and the history of churchbell ringing nearly as capably as she does murder and sleuthing But unlike Gaudy Night, in which the backdrop drowned the mystery, The Nine Tailors neve [...]

    20. One of my five favorite mysteries set in England, and the cause for our touring the Fens and particularly Ely, and later King s Lynn and Norwich, on succeeding visits for a decade Also an introduction to the Changes in English bell ringing which we grew very familiar with in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, in 96 The six bell repository of St Wlita there, old as Canterbury, but female and thought to cure eyes especially Two of the six went back to 1603 and 1607.

    21. What with the toffs fah fahing e was of the bulldog breed and had been brought up in the knowledge that a servant was a servant, and that to be afraid of a servant one s own or anybody else s was the first step to an Avernus of domestic inefficiency Very Downton Dowager Duchess and the locals ooh aahring I was only a dusting the room, m Sayers has us well and truly immersed in the East Anglian countryside of the late 1920s I d heard great things about this book but I m not overly fond of sleuthi [...]

    22. Peter Wimsey on the way to spend New Year with friends finds himself stranded deep in the Fens in a snow storm The vicar of the nearby village Fenchurch St Paul offers him a bed for the night while his car is repaired and Wimsey finds himself part of a bell ringing marathon When a body is found in a newly dug grave it seems natural for Wimsey to be consulted especially as no one can identify the corpse and the police are baffled.The background is atmospheric and authentic with the Fens in all th [...]

    23. Read this in college for a Detective Fiction class and wanted to spork my eyes out by the time I was done Halfway through, my economics text a class which I nearly failed, BTW, and was taught by an Alan Greenspan worshipper was looking good in comparison.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, Plato, Home [...]

    24. The mystery here is complex and interesting, and the book has plenty of Lord Peter doing terribly charming and wonderful things, which is always nice, but it is the atmospheric setting of East Anglia, used by Sayers to brilliant effect, that really made the book for me I nearly cried during the final climactic scene, it was that powerful 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 de [...]

    25. Well, I m never going to look at bells the same way again This is, without doubt, the best detective story I ve ever read Not only was it a brilliant mystery with lots of surprises, it was also a fascinating piece of literature in other ways I think the setting and characters added a lot to the story It was very well written overall and the detective actually seemed human There were also some interesting allusions to the author s Christianity which I might not have picked up if it weren t for th [...]

    26. This is one of my favorite books of all time I have read it and re read it and I never get tired of it I read it before I became an Episcopalian, and I think it contributed to my enthusiasm for the Episcopal church All those wonderful scenes in the church, the building itself, the bells, the liturgy, the stream of consciousness passages that follow Peter s thoughts during the service tuning in and out of the Psalms and prayers it s amazing Tied with Murder Must Advertise for my favorite Lord Pet [...]

    27. This is a wonderful novel From the first scenes set in the bleak and snowy Fens countryside, Sayers works her magic The landscape, the church bells, the superbly drawn characters and the mystery well, two mysteries are expertly woven together to make a supremely satisfying whole Novels that take the reader to another time and place are, in my opinion, the best novels of all This one does that for me.

    28. A classic The mystery itself is complex and absorbing, but what I like best is how it is placed in a fully realized setting the place and its inhabitants are at least as important as the mystery I love the residents of Fenchurch St Paul, from Mr Venables and especially Mrs Venables to Hilary Thorpe and all the bell ringers and the servants and everyone in between.

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