After their car crashes in a snowbank, Wimsey and Bunter make it to a local pub and meet Reverend Venable, who agrees to put them up for the night at the vicarage, the same parish that was the scene of the emerald robbery twenty years earlier. Lord Peter discovers that in 1920 a decayed corpse was discovered clothed in the remnants of a convict's uniform, which was assumed to be Deacon, the disloyal butler. In order to repay the vicar's hospitality, Winsey agrees to replace an ailing bell-ringer on New Year's Eve. The next day Lord Peter and Bunter are back on the road and encounter an enigmatic traveler on the road. After Sir Henry Thorpe passes on the following Easter, gravediggers working to bury him with his recently deceased wife in the local churchyard discover a mysterious extra body in the grave. Written by
Did You Know?
There are frequent references to the
Spanish Flu outbreak, and several characters in the series contract it. However, the "Spanish Flu" epidemic took place in 1918-1919, while the events in The Nine Tailors took place in 1928 or 1929. The character "Deacon" spent 4+ years in prison before escaping, impersonating a soldier and being shipped to the Western Front in France (1918), then spent a further ten years incognito as a French farmer before returning to England in the major action of the story. This made the narrative time frame 1928 at minimum, and there was no Spanish Flu outbreak then. See more
Lord Peter Wimsey
A beautiful case! Quite charming! I wouldn't have missed it for the world!
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