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Edmund Crispin
Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (2 October 1921 -- 15 September 1978), an English crime writer and composer. Montgomery wrote nine detective novels and two collections of short stories under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin (taken from a character in Michael Innes's... show more

Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (2 October 1921 -- 15 September 1978), an English crime writer and composer. Montgomery wrote nine detective novels and two collections of short stories under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin (taken from a character in Michael Innes's Hamlet, Revenge!). The stories feature Oxford don Gervase Fen, who is a Professor of English at the University and a fellow of St Christopher's College, a fictional institution that Crispin locates next to St John's College. The whodunit novels have complex plots and fantastic, somewhat unbelievable solutions, including examples of the locked room mystery. They are written in a humorous, literary and sometimes farcical style and they are also among the few mystery novels to break the fourth wall occasionally and speak directly to the audience.Crispin is considered by many to be one of the last great exponents of the 'classic' crime mystery.
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Birth date: October 02, 1921
Died: September 15, 1978
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 years ago
I've read a couple of Gervaise Fen full length novels and enjoyed them quite a bit, but I think I might like the short stories even better. That wonderful, dry English humor: check! Well plotted mysteries: check! Fair play plotting: check! (although as Crispin cites in his foreword, 4 of them requ...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 years ago
Both Edmund Crispin's Moving Toyshop and Alan Melville's Quick Curtain are mentioned in the "Making Fun of Murder" chapter of Martin Edwards's Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. Both are excellent examples of writers taking something as horrific as murder and turning it right around and into a fa...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 3 years ago
Martin Edwards sums up The Moving Toyshop perfectly: "Few crime novels can match Edmund Crispin's most celebrated mystery for sheer exuberance." Exuberance is the perfect word for this book; it's comic without being comedic, and it's obvious (to me, anyway) that the author had a great time writing...
dianeh92345
dianeh92345 rated it 7 years ago
This mystery was both boring and sexist. I only read about a third and decided to stop reading.
Amara's Eden
Amara's Eden rated it 8 years ago
As I was not yet writing reviews when I read this book, I don't have reviews for each of the short stories included in this anthology. So here are my ratings; if I ever reread the book, I intend to add reviews.★★★☆☆ Who or What Was It? by Kingsley Amis★★★★☆ The Believers by Robert Arthur★★☆☆☆ A Happ...
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