Set in the quiet countyside of East Anglia, The Nine Tailors by Sayers follows the steps of the famous Lord Peter Wimsey as he seeks to uncover the truth about a recent murder. Who is the disfigured corpse? How did he come to be locked in the church's belfry? What exactly killed him? Is there any connection to an old theft of a valuable emerald necklace?
I actually found this to be a refreshing change from the typical mystery. Instead of the formulaic ending where the case is neatly solved in an instant at the end of the story, this case is slowly pieced together over the course of the book. Lord Peter, while an excellent detective, must adapt his theories to fit each new piece of evidence. I also learned far more about bell-ringing than I ever wanted to know, but it provided a unique background for the textand flowed well in the story. Jessie enjoyed it enough to immediately read all of the other Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries that our library had available. I just wish I had that much time to read.