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Overview Tale of suspense in which the famous Lord Peter Wimsey is called upon to solve the murder of an unknown man in East Anglia
"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 strange, flat fen-country of East Anglia, this is a tale of suspense, character, and mood by an author critics and readers rate as one of the great masters of the mystery novel.
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The Nine Tailors Apr 27, 2008
Boring, boring, boring. Too much detail about a boring subject with endless senseless dialogue. Too long, too slow, too hard to even get through 2 chapters. I didn't even care after the first chapter about anyone in the story. The author is labeled a master storyteller??? I didn't get it. Sorry.
9 Taylors Mar 28, 2008
This was my first but not my last Lord Wimsey novel. I heard a review of this on NPR and being a fan of Poriot I figured I would give this a try.
I was very surprised how fast my first 27 pages were. I was reading about ringing bells (a subject I can say I have little interest in) and found the writting stlye so tight well written that the time went fast.
I have now started from the begining and plan to read them all.
The Moodiest Mystery by Sayers Feb 28, 2008
Of all the Lord Peter Wimsey novels I have had the pleasure to read to date, Ms Sayers created the moodiest of all in The Nine Tailors. While I often could barely follow the mathematical intricacies of the "telling" of the bells, the mere description went far to enhance the environment of the setting in which the intrigue occurs. This novel was my introduction to Lord Peter Wimsey. It led me to seek out and read more of the Wimsey novels, as well as some other Sayer short mysteries. Dorothy Sayers isn't for everybody, just as two of my all-time favorites, John Le Carre and P.D. James, aren't for all readers. If you can accept the pace, the nuances, the manner in which detail is provided to the reader, you'll truly enjoy curling up with a Sayer (Wimsey) novel. While this particular title isn't the best for the uninitiated, it can work. It did for me, and I got hooked.
The "Tailors" don't sew Sep 19, 2007
This tale finds Lord Peter Wimsey and his ever-present butler, "Bunter," on a driving tour of the English countryside when Lord Peter, (who is a bit of a klutz at times), crashes the car, which keeps the two stranded for a day or so in a great and atmospheric rural location, of course, to launch into another great double-whammy mystery: an old jewel theft and murder.
Wimsey and Bunter end up staying overnight at a friendly old preacher's home and Peter gets "roped" (yes, a pun...) into an all-night bell-ringing vigil to ring in the new year at the local church, due to the reported serious illness of one of the bell-ringing team. The bells themselves are the Nine Tailors of the title, each having a separate formal name.
I'll stop there, except to say that Lord Peter ultimately has to return much later to solve the theft and the murder mysteries. The story is expertly crafted by Sayers, a master of the mystery-writing art, and few folks will guess the ironic ending. Here are some things that I like about this mystery: It's English; it takes place early on in the 20th Century; there are "crusty" characters; the location is very good; I learned a LOT about church-bell ringing, clearly an art-form that I was previously unaware of, and; the story has a satisfying conclusion. So, what didn't I like? Well, those are mostly my own hang-ups because these are things NOT so much found in this story, but I savor mystery cliches such as creepy old houses, lots of rain, and a clear nemesis throughout such sagas.
Also, I will assert that Dorothy L. Sayers wrote BETTER mysteries than this one, (e.g., "The Unpleasantness at the Belonna Club," her best mystery ever), so I'm sort of rating this one solely against her own works. Still, this is a fine mystery and I recommend it to others who enjoy the genre.
This story is also available on Audiobook and that version is VERY good, rendered by an excellent reader. I definitely recommend that you read the book first, though, because there are tons of intricate details and clues in this one that are otherwise easily missed in the audiobook version.
Ingenious Plot with Bells, Jewel, and War! Sep 12, 2007
This novel of Dorothy L. Sayers would have deserved five stars, if Ian Carmichael's performance as the 20s aristocratic sleuth in the TV mini-series, Lord Peter Wimsey - The Nine Tailors, has not been so spectacular, and the story seems more effective when it was told in a chronological order in the film. Those who are interested in more recent aristocratic sleuths may want to check out Sir Philip Wild and the Emerald Necklace, an intriguing mystery novel with similar storyline and an attractive baronet as a private detective.