Professor Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament when he discovers that someone in this sleepy English village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. The joys of politics wear off and Fen decides to investigate.
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Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery, an English crime writer and composer. He graduated from St John's College, Oxford, in 1943, with a BA in modern languages, having for two years been its organist and choirmaster. From 1943 to 1945 he taught at Shrewsbury School and in 1944 published the first of nine Gervase Fen novels, The Case of the Gilded Fly. He became a well respected reviewer of crime, writing for the Sunday Times from 1967 until his death in 1978. He also composed the music for many of the Carry On films. From the original editions: 'Edmund Crispin's recreations are swimming, excessive smoking, Shakespeare, the operas of Wagner and Strauss, idleness and cats. His antipathies are dogs, the French Film, the Renaissance of the British Film, psychoanalysis, the psychological-realistic crime story and the contemporary theatre.'Review:
" Both the mature and the discerning young choose to pick up one of Crispin's beautifully turned crime novels" The Times "Crispin isn't in it for the mystery, but for the enigmas" Guardian "His books are full of high spirits and excellent jokes, with constant literary allusions and an atmosphere of bibulous good humour. But at times the mood turns darker, and Crispin is capable of passages of both genuine suspense and ingenius deduction" The Daily Telegraph "Crispin is noted for an ability to embellish clever story lines with Marx Brothers touches" New York Times "Rightly elevated to classic status" New York Sun
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1980. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60805064
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