It’s probably no coincidence that the best of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels – Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors and Gaudy Night. The Nine Tailors [Dorothy L. Sayers] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Nine Tailors is Dorothy L. Sayers’s finest mystery, featuring Lord. on New Year’s Eve at the start of Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Nine Tailors. Sayers took her title from the number of times a bell will toll to mark.

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An extra body is found buried in a grave in a small village where, twenty years ago, an expensive emerald necklace was stolen.

First, okay, there was a lot about bells. Probably you have done so too. Quoting from Vulpes Libris You are very welcome to quote up to words from any article posted on Vulpes Libris – as long as you quote accurately, give us due credit and link back to the original post. The Fens have great ghost stories. It is more of an underlying setting, so knowledge of change ringing is not necessary to enjoy the book.

Murder Must Advertise — No Harriet at all. A numerical sequence for bell changes also becomes part of a cryptogram that helps to solve a mystery that Lord Peter suspects is connected to the dead man. Hilary Thorpe 4 episodes, Christopher Banks Jun 27, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once long ago I know I saw a movie with this exact method of demise set within it. The reader is asked to determine if solving a mystery is really worth it, if it causes more pain and strife than dorotny murder itself.


I am not tired at all. Well, I’m never tailord to look at bells the same way again. I like being smarter than some characters, but not Peter! The Nine Tailors of the book’s title are taken from the old saying “Nine Tailors Make a Man”, which Sayers quotes at the end of the novel.

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The science and art of change-ringing are so deeply intriguing. You buried her yourself.

My friend pointed out a quote from early in the book that tied the whole thing together, “Where there is a church, there is civilization. I can recommend Gaudy Night in the quad at Somerville, too! The embedding within fen country of marsh and river and rather random isolation is a departure from the usual Lord Peter city and Nearly everyone gives this one more star than I did.

She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. The six bell repository of St Wlita there, old as Canterbury, but female and thought to cure eyes especially.

It has a fantastic setting, a good cast of characters, lots of clues and a good sense of atmosphere. I would far rather ring bells.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

And there’s the way that when you realise how Deacon died, you do feel pity for him, even though he was a bad man, because it just seems so awful. Well, at least the Esmeralda part 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. Out over the flat, white wastes of fen, over the spear-straight, steel-dark dykes and the wind-bent, groaning poplar trees, bursting from the snow-choked louvres of the belfry, whirled away southward and westward in gusty blasts of clamour to the sleeping counties went the music of the bells–little Gaude, silver Sabaoth, strong John and Jericho, glad Jubilee, sweet Dimity and old Batty Thomas, with great Tailor Paul bawling and striding like a giant in the midst of them.


And in one way or another, everyone ends up serving the bells or indebted to them or punished by them — although not worshiping them, I don’t think Sayers was being idolatrous.

The entire middle is very slow and has oodles of poems, rhyme, asides that use the names of the Nine Tailors the nine huge bells in our fens’ church’s tower. Ev This one I had trouble getting into because I was confused! The bells of Fenchurch St Paul loom over The Nine Tailors in a way that lodges in your mind for weeks, months and years afterwards. No avenue of escape.

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Then, from the faint, sweet tubular chimes of the clock overhead, the four quarters and the twelve strokes of midnight. The Nine Tailors 71 52 Feb 07, It is probably, indeed, the only novel based on a study of campanology. None of them ring for anything other than keeping time. This book is in the public domain in Canada, and is made available to you DRM-free.