The Nine Tailors

The Nine Tailors is a 1934 mystery novel by the British writer Dorothy L. Sayers, her ninth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.wikipedia
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Dorothy L. Sayers

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The Nine Tailors is a 1934 mystery novel by the British writer Dorothy L. Sayers, her ninth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.
The church graveyard next to the elegant Regency-style rectory features the surnames of several characters from her mystery The Nine Tailors.

Lord Peter Wimsey

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The Nine Tailors is a 1934 mystery novel by the British writer Dorothy L. Sayers, her ninth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.
In 1934 (in The Nine Tailors) Wimsey must unravel a 20-year-old case of missing jewels, an unknown corpse, a missing World War I soldier believed alive, a murderous escaped convict believed dead, and a mysterious code concerning church bells.

Mervyn Bunter

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He has an unexpected talent for music-hall mimicry (The Nine Tailors), and assists Lord Peter in the purchase of rare books and the solving of crimes.

The Fens

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Stranded after a car accident in the fenland village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey helps ring a nine-hour peal on the church bells overnight after William Thoday, one of the ringers, is struck down with influenza. As a child and young teenager, Sayers lived on the southern edge of the Fens at Bluntisham-cum-Earith, where her father was rector.

Change ringing

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Wimsey decodes it (which requires knowledge of change ringing) and it leads him to the emeralds, still untouched in their hiding place.
The mystery novel The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (1934) contains a great deal of information on change-ringing.

Campanology

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John Shand, writing in The Spectator in 1936, said "Those who would appreciate an artist's picture of a group of village bellringers - of the kind who can pull a rope with any Londoner - may find one in [this novel], [which] contains the best description known to me of the bells, the ringers and the art. It is probably, indeed, the only novel based on a study of campanology. Its very title and chapter-headings pay tribute to the peculiar vocabulary of the art".
Dorothy L. Sayers's mystery story, The Nine Tailors (1934) centres around change ringing of bells in a Fenland church; her father was a clergyman.

Bluntisham

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As a child and young teenager, Sayers lived on the southern edge of the Fens at Bluntisham-cum-Earith, where her father was rector.

Mystery fiction

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The Nine Tailors is a 1934 mystery novel by the British writer Dorothy L. Sayers, her ninth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.

Peal

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Stranded after a car accident in the fenland village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey helps ring a nine-hour peal on the church bells overnight after William Thoday, one of the ringers, is struck down with influenza.

Ring of bells

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Stranded after a car accident in the fenland village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey helps ring a nine-hour peal on the church bells overnight after William Thoday, one of the ringers, is struck down with influenza.

Bell-ringer

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Stranded after a car accident in the fenland village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey helps ring a nine-hour peal on the church bells overnight after William Thoday, one of the ringers, is struck down with influenza.

Influenza

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Stranded after a car accident in the fenland village of Fenchurch St. Paul on New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey helps ring a nine-hour peal on the church bells overnight after William Thoday, one of the ringers, is struck down with influenza.

Butler

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The family's then butler, Deacon, and his accomplice from London, Cranton, were convicted and imprisoned.

Prison officer

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In 1918, long before the end of Deacon's prison term, he killed a warder and escaped.

Domestic worker

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Bunter, Wimsey's manservant, enquires at the Post Office for any uncollected letters.

Missing in action

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The writer of the letter is traced and found to be the French wife of a British soldier listed as missing in action in 1918 but who evidently deserted.

Desertion

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The writer of the letter is traced and found to be the French wife of a British soldier listed as missing in action in 1918 but who evidently deserted.

Belfry (architecture)

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An odd document found in the bell chamber proves to be a cipher, written on the same paper as the letter but in a different hand.

Cipher

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An odd document found in the bell chamber proves to be a cipher, written on the same paper as the letter but in a different hand.

Bigamy

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After marrying bigamously in France he had waited several years to return for the emeralds that he had hidden in the church before his arrest.

Hanging

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Wimsey explains, "We needn't look for a murderer now. Because the murderers of Geoffrey Deacon are hanging already, and a good deal higher than Haman".

Haman

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Wimsey explains, "We needn't look for a murderer now. Because the murderers of Geoffrey Deacon are hanging already, and a good deal higher than Haman".