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Frequent Hearses (Gervase Fen Book 7) by [Crispin, Edmund]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1523 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062N3524
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2012
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Gervase Fen is acting as a consultant to a planned film about Alexander Pope when he bumps into a friend of his - Inspector Humbleby - who is investigating the death of Gloria Scott who had a small part in the same film. Fen is curious as he has a nose for murder and asks if he can accompany Humbleby as he talks to people at the film studios. Then one of the people connected with Gloria Scott drops dead in front of him and Fen is involved in the investigation.

This is an interesting story in the classic mould of British detective fictions. It is well plotted and the characters are believable as is the dialogue. Modern readers may find themselves reaching for a dictionary as the author does use words which are perhaps not in common use today but this did not spoil my enjoyment of the story.

If you want a well plotted mystery which will keep you guessing until almost the end of the story then give Edmund Crispin a try. His books featuring Gervase Fen - Oxford Professor - can be read in any order.
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Edmund Crispin wrote some wonderful fey, slightly surreal books about Gervase Fen; this is not one of them. This is a book that starts well and then finishes abruptly with an unexpected and unlikely criminal. Read The Moving Toyshop for a better introduction to Crispin.
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I like these old fashioned detective stories and Having just discovered Gervais Fenn, I am busy going though them all. Fast and unusual and very vivid, recommended reading to all fans of the pre-war stories.
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This volume in the all-too-short Gervase Fen mystery series by Edmund Crispin is a fine addition to the series. Unfortunately, it is not part of the Vintage (Random House) set which were reprinted in 2009 with smart new covers and so can only be found second-hand or electronically in this Kindle edition.

Fen finds himself in the world of cinema, working at a studio - which sounds very like Elstree - on an unlikely film based on the life of Alexander Pope. Almost immediately, he bumps into a character from previous volumes - Inspector Humbleby - and the game is suddenly `afoot'. Fen's sports car, Lily Christine III, also reappears in predictably unreliable form.

Like the previous book, Buried for Pleasure, the action has been moved out of Oxford, and the story is none the worse for this. There are murders to solve, quirky characters to meet, and a good deal of suspense to be had, particularly when the action moves to the countryside. Watch out for the maze...
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A classic detective novel of the sort that we do not get now. So, as one of the other reviewers rightly points out, the denoument seems a little unexpected unless, like the audience of the time it was written, the reader has been carefully tracking the clues. Don't be put off! It's a great story.

Wonderful writing with a lot of humour and great characters. Fen is a great favourite of mine with his entertainingly grumpy approach. It is also a period piece. It reminds us oldies of what life was like just after the war and might inspire/amuse the younger of us.
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