Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers - BOOK BEGINNING

book cover of The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers


Back again for another Book Beginnings on Fridays. I don't know what it's like where you are, but here in Portland, it is cold! Cold and damp and the rain is coming back tomorrow. This is exactly the kind of winter weekend that calls for an old-fashioned murder mystery.

Which is why I'm hunkering down with The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the ninth novel in Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series and was published in 1934. It is my first read for the 2021 Vintage Mystery Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block. It counts as my "Murder by the Numbers" entry in the Golden Era category (mysteries published before 1960).

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From The Nine Tailors:

"That's torn it!" said Lord Peter Wimsey.

That first line doesn't tell you much, but the opening scene is a good one. Lord Peter and his butler Bunter have driven into a ditch in a snowstorm on New Year's Eve. They take refuge with the parson of the local church and become embroiled in a local murder that may be linked to the theft of an emerald necklace 15 years earlier. 

The title has nothing to do with sewing clothes. Nine Tailors refers to the tradition of tolling nine church bells when a man dies. 


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Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice, where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.


Fenchurch St. Paul is the smallest village, and has neither river nor railway; it is, however, the oldest; its church is by far the largest and the noblest, and its bells beyond question the finest. This is due to the fact that St. Paul is the original abbey foundation.

There is a lot about bells, the old church, and village life in this one. It is right up my alley!

Any other Dorothy L. Sayers fans? It's one of my favorite series. I hope to finish all the novels this year -- I only have two more to go after this. I haven't read the short stories yet and will save them for another day.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book.

  2. For a split second, I thought this book would about tailors. Even if it isn't, the description is still interesting. Enjoy your current read, and have a great weekend! :-)

  3. OMG! I haven't read a 'Sayers' book for many years, talk about a trip down memory lane!

    I watched every episode of the television series back in the 1970s.

    I don't do re-reads, but now you have really made me want to re-visit one of the stories, just to experience that classic style of writing and narrative.

    Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your reading weekend :)

    Yvonne xx

  4. I'm a Dorothy L Sayers fan too. The Nine Tailors is one of my favourite books of hers, along with Gaudy Night.

  5. Indeed the beginning doesn't say much, but thanks for reminding me to try more from that series, I was not impressed by book 1, but I will her another chance. My post is here:

  6. I hope you really enjoy your read! Happy weekend!

  7. I have only read the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. I really need to dive back in. The Nine Tailors sounds good! Have a great weekend! Thank you for hosting.

  8. Hi,
    Your books sounds intriguing. I've added
    it to my TBR list. Have a great day!

  9. Every time I learn about your current book and its author I think I need to give that author a try. This book is no exception. Enjoy. My quotes this week

  10. I've read this one - or rather I listened to it from a rather old-fashioned audio book - lots of vahry posh accents! Did enjoy it. My post is here:
    (Previously linked on an old post -sorry!)


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