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The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The 11th book featuring Lord Peter, set in a country church, is often named as the best detective story ever written.

When his sexton finds a corpse in the wrong grave, the rector of Fenchurch St Paul asks Lord Peter Wimsey to find out who the dead man was and how he came to be there.

The lore of bell-ringing and a brilliantly-evoked village in the remote fens of East Anglia are the unforgettable background to a story of an old unsolved crime and its violent unravelling 20 years later.

©1934 The Trustees of anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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"I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)

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  • Polly
  • 09-07-15

Good story, but as usual, McDowell disappoints

I keep hoping the next book she narrates will be better. Maybe she will have read the reviews and changed her style? But no, still the same awkward cadences, odd pauses and bizarre emphasis. However, this does not detract too much from this wonderfully atmospheric mystery of Sayers'. Several plot twists and blind alleys make you totally confused before the final revelation. Very enjoyable.

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  • Flint
  • 09-07-17

A good book spoiled by bad narration.

The Nine Tailors is one of my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey books and I looked forward to listening to it as an audiobook. Dorothy L Sayers was an excellent author but unfortunately the choice of narrator has let this book down very badly. She is incapable of breathing life into the characters or even reading a sentence intelligently and accurately. It made listening to the book very frustrating and disappointing experience. There are so many excellent narrators to choose from and I am mystified by the choice of Jane McDowell to narrate this series of books. I will not buy anything else if she is the narrator.

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  • Dominic Gill
  • 09-09-16

idiotic choics of performer

completely idiotic to give books supposed to be spoken by Lord Peter Wimsey to a woman to perform -- and an absolotely appalling reader at that.
Utterly grotesque! Utter waste of money.

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  • smith 555
  • 03-22-16

Exciting To The Last

Dorothy L Sayers is at her best with this book: her twists and turns weave threads of English life -some parts of it of a world long gone, some unchanged to this day -to create a delightful, rich tapestry that engrosses to the very last.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 12-08-15

Ever improving narration!

Great story, brilliantly laid plot and description and also, thank goodness, a much improved narration, thank you so much!

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  • Michelle
  • 09-07-15

Interesting and enjoyable listen

Not the best Wimsey of them all, but an interesting enjoyable listen. A unique whodunnit.

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  • Janey
  • 07-31-16

Didn't need to be so long

This book didn't need to be as long as it is. In fact an awful lot of needless, boring, unintelligible information about bell ringing could have been cut. That would have made the story move along without the really annoying quotes etc at the beginning of every chapter. Perhaps all the names of the bells, the bell ringers, their tone, order, sound etc would be interesting to bell ringers, but to us mere mortals it is like listening to parts of the book in a foreign language.
Not the "best story ever" that I was expecting or that was advertised.

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  • L. Serck
  • 10-16-15

Dull Dorothy disaster

Sorry Dorothy, you simply don't compare to Agatha. The plot doesn't get going and you have to endure reams of information about bells before anything happens. I also would have preferred a male narrator seeing as Lord Peter is indeed a male.

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  • Anna Thierry-Higgins
  • 10-23-17

A Sayers Masterstroke

Lord Peter will always be superb (and incredibly sexy!). Some have argued that a novel based around campanology must be the height of boredom but to me, it demonstrates Sayers' genius. What I don't understand is the general braying about Jane McDowell's narration. I have many audible books and her voice is up with the best. For a woman to narrate male characters is just as plausible as the reverse. Bravo all around.