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About the Author
Dorothy L. Sayers was an English writer, translator, and Christian humanist. Best known for the extremely popular Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, Sayers also penned a number of plays, including The Man Born to Be King, essays, and translations, of which she considered Dante s Divine Comedy to be her best. Sayers died in 1950, and is buried in St. Anne s Church in London.
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enjoyment and this is by far the least engaging and satisfying of the lot. It appears Sayers let herself be overwhelmed by all that constitutes English rural church life so that the resulting book ended up being more of a tribute to a religion rather than an entertaining who-done it mystery. What the reader gets is endless detail page by seemingly never ending page of everything anyone might ever want to know about the ringing of church bells. Here we have all the mechanics and age old traditions of bell ringing and bell ringer of the Anglican Church presented in excruciating detail. Somehow managed within this crushing load of esoteric description of church custom is managed the intrusion of a mysterious death and a cast of characters by the multitude. It's really all a variety of tortuous slog where Lord Peter and his faithful partner in detection Bunter have little to do and no opportunity to regale the reader with the humor, wit and astute perceptions to which fans of these books have become accustomed.Too bad for this major misstep, My two star rating applies solely to the presence of Wimsey and Bunter. A star goes to each of these memorable characters.
The next third of the book centers on the theft of the emeralds, cast of characters (and there are many), body in Lady Thorps grave and who knew what, who, and when?
Lord Peter moves between the privileged and entitled, and the the working men and women. He is one of the boys, and adored by women of all ages. This is so hard to fathom in England's society of classes and titles. But, readers buy into this real or imagined.
There were so many names and alias along with relationships you needed a crime board as you read. The real cause of death took Lord Peter longer than the "sharp reader" to uncover.
DL Sayers has a different approach to mysteries (writing and solving) than other popular writers of her time period. Agatha Christie has my heart and mind. DL Sayers wears me out (in spite of liking Lord Peter, Bunter, and Harriet Vane) Agatha gives me a satisfaction of feeling I truly have solved something (or not happens too).
Thank goodness there are so many mystery writers, as there are only so many stories. It is all in the "telling".
I disagree very much with the product description when it states that the Wimsey stories may be read in any order. That is most certainly NOT true. This book can be read out of order, but most of the other books you'll want to read in order.
Others have described the plot; I'll just say that reading this book is quite an education into campanology (bell-ringing), and, more specifically, on change-ringing, apparently a British practice.
I should note that this is a pretty dark novel; downright grim.
Incidentally, the story does not involve clothing or any form of haberdashery.