The Nine Tailors
While ringing in the New Year, Lord Peter stumbles into an ominous country mysteryLord Peter Wimsey and his manservant Bunter are halfway across the wild flatlands of East Anglia when they make a wrong turn, straight into a ditch. They scramble over the rough country to the nearest church, where... show more
While ringing in the New Year, Lord Peter stumbles into an ominous country mysteryLord Peter Wimsey and his manservant Bunter are halfway across the wild flatlands of East Anglia when they make a wrong turn, straight into a ditch. They scramble over the rough country to the nearest church, where they find hospitality, dinner, and an invitation to go bell-ringing. This ancient art is steeped in mathematical complexities, and tonight the rector and his friends plan to embark on a nine-hour marathon session to welcome the New Year. Lord Peter joins them, taking a step into a society whose cheerful exterior hides a dark, deadly past. During their stay in this unfamiliar countryside, Lord Peter and Bunter encounter murder, a mutilated corpse, and a decades-old jewel theft for which locals continue to die. In this land where bells toll for the dead, the ancient chimes never seem to stop. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Publish date: July 31st 2012
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 406
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey (#11)
This was one of the few remaining Whimsey books I had left to read; not being English by birth, and ignorant of the art behind bell ringing, I'd naturally thought this was a mystery about tailors; you know, those that produce clothing. I was set straight a few of years ago, and became determined to...
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 more, one for every passing month. Then silence. Then, from the faint, sweet tubular chimes of the clock o...
I can't say anything to the accuracy of the information of change-ringing, but a lot of effort was clearly put in to research. Unfortunately, I really didn't find any of it all that interesting. The mystery was intriguing and I definitely enjoyed Wimsey's character more in this book than the first o...
This was always one of my favorite Wimseys. I was surprised (and a bit alarmed) to realize how much I had forgotten in the many years since I read it. It took me a disconcertingly long time to remember the crucial point, even though I recalled the final scenes. I reread it for the Dead Writers Socie...
I tried re-reading this one to see if I liked it any better. I didn’t, though possibly for different reasons than when I was younger.