Swan Song Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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"A splendid reminder of the intricate craft involved in creating a superior locked room mystery... Crispin provides neatly observed characters, clues honestly presented, a denouement which is both outrageous and satisfying and a splendidly offhand opening" (The Times)
"The books are fast, fun and smart, their hero charming, frivolous, brilliant and badly behaved" (New Review)
"One of the most literate mystery writers of the twentieth century" (Boston Globe)
TRY A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY
As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse – discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.
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Of course Gervase Fen discovers a solution to the mystery of how anyone could have done with a little help from a skeleton and the police. I don't always think that Crispin's full length novels work as well as his short stories but this one is excellent with some marvellously amusing scenes and of course the ingenious crime itself. The writing is stylish and assumes a reasonable level of education in the reader. Crispin is a writer whose books bear re-reading as I always find things I missed or failed to appreciate in previous readings.
Sound familiar? That's because it is. Change `opera-singer' to `actor' and you basically have the plot to The Case of the Gilded Fly, Edmund Crispin's first Gervase Fen mystery novel. Unlike the first in the series, however, Gervase Fen does not begin to see what happened, or whodunit, until we are into the last tenth of the novel. Where its predecessor, The Moving Toyshop, was a blur of motion and excitement throughout, Swan Song only sputters into life around page 180. Despite many references to the previous novel and its characters, as well as the re-appearance of Fen's quirky sports car, Lily Christine III, Swan Song is a bit of a let-down in comparison.
There are, however, some entertaining touches. During one of many long conversations, Fen looks out of the window of the Mace & Sceptre and remarks "There's CS Lewis. It must be Tuesday", later on confirming "There's CS Lewis again". It turns out that Tuesday lunchtime was when The Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Their Friends- an Oxford University writing group - had their informal meetings in a local pub.Read more ›
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In classic golden oldie detective story mould. Well read.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth M. Holroyde
In a way, Edmund Crispin's fourth Gervase Fen novel is a rip-off of his first; if you're going to steal then steal from the best, I suppose. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2013 by Jim Noy