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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dorothy L. Sayers' THE NINE TAILORS

There was an interesting, if rather odd, piece about THE NINE TAILORS on the "You Must Read This" segment on NPR's All Things Considered recently. You can read and/or listen to the story here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17618908.

I disagree with Jonathan Hayes both about his description ("brutal"??) and his assessment (not her best) but certainly agree with him that (like all Sayers) "it's a far richer read than anything by Agatha Christie." Although I may enjoy the quartet of books in which Lord Peter meets and marries the unconventional Harriet Vane more, I think THE NINE TAILORS may indeed be Sayers' best book, featuring not only her always-eloquent prose and charming dialogue, but the intriguing bell-ringing theme beautifully underpinning the plot and giving it a special, well, resonance.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Mystery Reviews

I'm afraid the holidays got the better of me and I'm bit late with this posting, but our latest newsletter is now online, as are our reviews of our favorite paperbacks for 2007.