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The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey)
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on 1 June 2013
This book is brilliant at evoking the fens in winter. The complex tale is bewildering at times, not helped by the addition of much information on change ringing. However it is worth reading as an example of 30s detective fiction, and some of the characters are memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2015
Favourite Sayers book - always in my top 10 books of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2014
Just started on this writer and am really enjoying her work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2015
Wonderful - I can listen to this time and time again
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on 22 June 2013
I already have a hard copy of this book but my wife keeps it hidden away so when I needed to check one of the details of the story I was forced to buy a kindle copy but it is not possible to flick through an ebook, or is it?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
Sayers wrote best about that which she knew best, and so here the daughter of a Fenland vicar writes a story set in a rural parish in the Fens. She evokes the isolated atmosphere of such a place, in part using the famous bell-ringing as part of the grain of the story, and creates something which is so much more than a whodunnit.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This has a quite seductive charm, though one has to get used to the way class permeates the language spoken by everyone not dressed in plus fours or driving a Daimler. Eg: "Why so he had," cried Mr Gotobed. "What a head you have on you Hezekiah! That's who it is, sur-lie. To think o' that now! I always thought that chap was after no good. But who could have gone for to do a thing like this here?"

The crime here is fairly difficult to work out and one needs to keep one's concentration, as the ingenious plot works through. All the working classes are ever ready to do the bidding of their betters in a time when people apparently knew their place, but never fear, Lord Peter Wimsey along with his `man' Bunter, is on the case with a standard mutton-headed copper at hand to fill in the background. Wimsey makes friends with the local parish priest and learns of a theft which took place a few years back, when a lady guest of the local gentry had a priceless emerald necklace stolen and before long Wimsey is off doing his best to solve the puzzle of where it got to and why.

You will learn more than you ever wanted to know about bell-ringing as the priest, Theodore Venables is very keen on it, and Wimsey is roped in to help when Venables learns that he knows quite a bit about the skill. The Nine Tailors, turns out to be peal for the dead. The best part of this story (set in Norfolk), comes at the end when the waters rise and a flash-flood hits the area. It brought to mind the present devastation of low lying areas down south. The plot is busy with things like ciphers and faded underwear originating in France, not to mention the uncanny resonance of bells which seemingly know who's up to no good. Everything is nicely solved by Lord Peter in the end. A couple of chaps are caught in the flood and drowned, but they are only common labourers, so that's all right then.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
I had heard that D L Sayers was really good, so ordered this book, I tried very hard with this one as with the 2 others I bought, they are boring to say the least, in some parts of the book one cannot tell who is saying what! I shall stick to Thomas Hardy (the best) in future
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2015
Good yarn, well produced.
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on 22 May 2015
This book arrived in very good time and in very good condition. I first read it thirty years ago and want to reminisce. Thank you.
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