The Nine Tailors Book Summary and Study Guide

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On a snowy New Years eve, Lord Peter Wimsey and his valet Bunter have a minor car accident, stranding themselves in the snow-bound flats of Norfolk. Finding their way to the nearest village, Wimsey helps out at a bell ringing to call in the New Year. Months later, the same village is brought to the noble sleuth's attention when he learns of an unidentified person who died in an unknown manner and was buried in someone elses grave. Wimsey can't help but be interested.
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This novel discusses country village life long gone. There is also a mystery of missing jewels that Wimsey must sort out.
The review of this Book prepared by Alan J. Bishop

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   fright Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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