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The Case of the Gilded Fly - Edmund Crispin
The Case of the Gilded Fly
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Theater companies are notorious hotbeds of intrigue, and few are more intriguing than the company currently in residence at Oxford University. Center-stage is the beautiful, malicious Yseut – a mediocre actress with a stellar talent for destroying men. Rounding out the cast are more than a few... show more
Theater companies are notorious hotbeds of intrigue, and few are more intriguing than the company currently in residence at Oxford University. Center-stage is the beautiful, malicious Yseut – a mediocre actress with a stellar talent for destroying men. Rounding out the cast are more than a few of her past and present conquests, and the women who love them. And watching from the wings is Professor Gervase Fen – scholar, wit, and fop extraordinaire – who would infinitely rather solve crimes than expound on English literature. When Yseut is murdered, Fen finally gets his wish. Though clear kin to Lord Peter Wimsey, Fen is a spectacular original – brilliant, eccentric and rude, much taken with himself and his splendid yellow raincoat, and given to quoting Lewis Carroll at inappropriate occasions. Gilded Fly, originally published in 1944, was both Fen’s first outing and the debut of the pseudonymous Crispin (in reality, composer Bruce Montgomery), whom the New York Times once called the heir to “John Dickson Carr . . . and Groucho Marx.”
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781933397009 (1933397004)
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
Pages no: 237
Edition language: English
Series: Gervase Fen (#1)
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dianeh92345
dianeh92345 rated it
1.0 The Case of the Gilded Fly
This mystery was both boring and sexist. I only read about a third and decided to stop reading.
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
2.0
Rating: 2.5* of fiveThe Book Description: Theater companies are notorious hotbeds of intrigue, and few are more intriguing than the company currently in residence at Oxford University. Center-stage is the beautiful, malicious Yseult, a mediocre actress with a stellar talent for destroying men. Round...
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
3.0
There was a long gap in his writing during a time when he was suffering from alcohol problems. Otherwise he enjoyed a quiet life enlivened by music, reading, church-going and bridge, Wikipedia states, adding that he married his secretary two years before his death at age 56. This very much fits with...
Kim Reads and Bakes
Kim Reads and Bakes rated it
3.0
The first novel in the Gervase Fen series and the first of Crispin's novels which I've read, this was the August 2012 group read for the English Mysteries Book Club. Gervase Fen, an Oxford don and gifted amateur detective, solves the murder of an actress apparently hated by all who knew her. This r...
jemidar
jemidar rated it
English Mystery Club group read and buddy read with Kim :-).
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