The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #9)

The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #9)

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The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey Series #9) by Dorothy L. Sayers

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156658997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1966
Series: Lord Peter Wimsey Series , #9
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 98,476
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.05(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)

About the Author

Although best known for the popular and witty Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893¿1957) was also a noted poet, playwright, essayist, and translator. With sly wit, Sayers used Lord Peter Wimsey, an English aristocrat and amateur sleuth, to gently satirize the British class system. She is recognized as being one of the four "Queens of Crime" alongside Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham. Some of her most popular books include Whose Body, The Nine Tailors, and The Missing Clock.

Date of Birth:

June 13, 1893

Date of Death:

December 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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The Nine Tailors: Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Book 11 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
charleyey More than 1 year ago
This is a great read all by itself so you don't have to have read any Lord Peter before. The problem is engaging, the people real. You want to be along for the trip. I find it the most satisfying of all the Lord Peter books. It stands by itself. The reviews for all the Lord Peter works are pretty good and this one is no different. I noticed someone saying that the author was trying to hard to be literature. Frankly, this is literature. It is also a very rewarding mystery from the Golden Age of British mystery. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, Peter Wimsey is at his best and it seemed appropriate that he'd know how to do change ringing of church bells. I knew nothing about it and had fun looking up how it works. It takes real concentration and focus to do it for hours like they did in the beginning of the book. Second, I was unfamilar with the setting of the Lincolnshire area of the England and was able to learn more about the flooding and drainage issues that provided some of the book's action. Finally, I thought I knew how the victim died early on in my reading although I didn't think it could be that simple. It was believable to me that it took a while for the characters in the book to determine what happened because no one would think about doing it that way. All in all an enjoyable read. I like to re-read books and this one is definitely one I'd read again in a few years. Glad it's in my library now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is in my top ten nystery novels. The writing is atmospheric and the plot confounding. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Dorothy Sayers as a writer and to me this is one of her best mysteries, lots of ups and downs and much information on bell ringing in Great Britain. A great mystery!
kpet More than 1 year ago
Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter find themselves in East Anglia after a car accident, one New Year's Eve. They are taken in by the Rector of Fenchurch St. Stephans, and spend the New Year ringing bells. Six months later, a mystery arises and Lord Peter is on the case. One of Dorothy Sayers' more intriging mysteries, and a very good read. Lots of interesting characters and situations. Highly Reccomended!
RonMA More than 1 year ago
Just as great now as when I read it for the first time. Superior detective story from one of the greats.
harperbruce More than 1 year ago
I've read several others of the Lord Peter Wimsey canon by Dorothy L. Sayers, but none have satisfied me as much as "The Nine Tailors." Perhaps it is because there doesn't seem to be an in-between on this book; you either love it for life, or dismiss it as inaccurate fluff. There is much debate on whether a person could be killed in the manner described in the denouement. But I believe the characterizations are superb; and, though I could wish for more of Bunter, a greater gentleman's gentleman than Jeeves, I generally find this book excellent. In brief, Lord Peter and Bunter are stranded in the small village of Fenchurch St. Paul when their car breaks down. Four months or so, a body is dug up in a grave that is being opened for the husband of a woman who had died while Wimsey was in the area. Wimsey and Bunter may have seen deceased on their way out of Fenchurch, and get called into the case to determine the man's identity, and how he was killed. The entire matter seems to be mixed up with the theft some 20 years before of a valuable emerald necklace, as well as with the bells of the village church, which figure prominently throughout the book. More twists and turns are found here than on a mountainside switchback. The identity of the corpse will surprise, as will the way in which deceased met the end. The sections on change ringing may be hard to understand for someone not used to the English method of ringing "music" on church bells. You can consult the Wikipedia article on the subject; however, much more can be said about this than will fit in a Wikipedia article. I would suggest "Change Ringing: The Art and Science of Change Ringing on Church and Hand Bells" by Wilfrid G. Wilson. It has some easier chapters before you get into the heavy work, and the terminology explained will help clarify some of what is going on in "The Nine Tailors." (Wilson's book does not appear to be available from Barnes & Noble. Try your local library.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Dorothy Leigh Sayers is the best mystery novelist ever. (Christie, on the other hand, is only a mystery _writer_.) Considered by many to be the best Lord Peter book ever. I enjoyed it, thoroughly. The plot is carefully done, and Lord Peter Wimsey is his usual ferociously enjoyable self. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much as I admire her genius, I gave up halfway through. Too much work to follow it all.
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vanlyle More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the actual story line and the way they try to solve the mystery, but there were many borung parts. I would rather have learned about the techniques if ringing the bells and how the numbers related to playing the music.
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I skip all the bell ringing notations etc dislike bell ringing and that includes hand bells. Sayers vicars are often the same what i have finally caught on that as a state religion the parish was supported by taxing the landowners and the biggest tax payer plus separate donations could appoint his choice to the post? Chapel and catholic were on their own. Really should look this up . the historical is iin their modern setting now years ago.