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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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Critic Reviews

"I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail" (Ruth Rendell)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Polly on 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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3 out of 5 stars
By Flint on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna Thierry-Higgins on 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.

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