Comments: 6
BrokenTune 1 year ago
John Wood as Cadogan, eh? I may need to find this film.
Yeah ... :D
BrokenTune 1 year ago
Crispin seems to be popular around this part of the world. I checked the library for his books - they have 4 of his titles, and 10 copies between them in total. 8 are currently on loan around the city, including both copies of The Moving Toyshop. I guess this one will have to wait.
Crispin isn't quite in the league of the Queens of Crime -- well, at least not Christie and Sayers -- but he knew his Oxford, and his humor comes across as a lot more effortless than it probably was. This was my first book by him, so I don't know how much of a one trick pony his "act" is (both the humor and the chase scenes give a whiff that they might be, but based on just one book I wouldn't want to make a definite pronouncement). Anyway, I have the complete set of his first six novels -- none longer than "The Moving Toyshop," which is fairly short, and I'm definitely planning on reading all of them, though probably sprinkled in here and there. He's not a writer I can see myself binge reading (at least no longer -- I might have, several decades ago), but judging by this one experience, he might be a good "go-to" person if I'm in need of something light with an underlying current of brains.
BrokenTune 1 year ago
"Light with an undercurrent of brains" is a lovely description.
Maybe I should have used that of the review's title. :) It does actually apply to both books in their own way -- though Crispin's is more obviously brainy ... well, it's set in Oxford and the recurring main character is a don, for a reason.