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Well written, but dated, somewhat contrived.,
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This review is from: The Nine Tailors: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
I chose to try a Dorothy Sayers because she is often claimed to be one of the best mid 20th century whodunnit writers. The quality of prose might indeed merit this status, but otherwise I was disappointed.
Much of the plot revolved around bellringing and bellringers, and there are quite long passages completely devoted to descriptions. Were I remotely interested in bell-ringing, they might be interesting, but for the purposes of a whodunnit they seemed (to me) to be almost completely spurious -- except for an arcane coded message and the fairly obvious hint that the perils of bellringing would somehow feature in the denoument.
Bunter is one of several anachronisms (the other being the general acceptance of a class system that includes gentlemen peers, country vicars and the deference of the remaining population) that jars enough to detract from the book's other merits . On the evidence of this one book, Dorothy L Sayers doesn't transpose into the 21st century as well as Agatha Christie. I shan't read any more.