So honestly, I needed a book for the "read a book published from 1900-1950" for the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 challenge, and I was looking at some list for suggestions and saw this one listed. I've read one other Dorothy Sayers book (Whose Body?) and I remember not really caring for it. But everything suggested this was pretty well a stand-alone mystery so I decided to go for it knowing very little about it.
Including apparently, what the name referred to. I thought there were going to be nine men darning suits (after all Whimsey is a bit of a fancy-man, right?). Imagine my surprise when the novel opens with a long passage on bell playing in a small English town. Ohhh...the bells are the tailors...
Anyway, once the murder got underway it was a lot of fun, and I'd really recommend it. Like a lot of the Agatha Christie murders I've read, the list of potential suspects is pretty insular and the crime has to be solved by wits and questioning without a whole lot of gadgetry. Critical information for crime solving includes which sermon the rector preached on which days, the schedule of meals, and the health of various animals.
This, I think, is also a great book to read toward the end of the year near Christmas/New Year's, since so much of the action takes place then.
Set in East Anglia - a very atmospheric mystery that kept me in suspense until the very end. A lot of information about the ringing of bells made the first part of the book a bit difficult to get into, but then the story took off. This title is on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.
In this excellent mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers, that doyen of British mystery, Whimsey''s clever acumen is put to the test when he solves an old burglary involving an emerald necklace and an assortment of quirky villagers. So basically an English mystery! And to add to the mix is a wonderful depiction of bell ringing techniques, called changes, that boggle the mind. But don''t seem to bother Whimsey one bit as he joins in the Christmas bell ringing. So settle down for a long lovely wintery read that will keep your interest until the last peal, er, page.
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