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by Edmund Crispin

  • ISBN: 0802754341
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Edmund Crispin
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Walker & Co (March 1, 1981)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • FB2 size: 1939 kb
  • EPUB size: 1959 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 388
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Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (usually . Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books.

4 Short story collections. 5 Uncollected stories. Christopher Fowler pays homage to The Moving Toyshop in The Victoria Vanishes, his sixth Bryant & May novel. Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 4. ^ John Bowen in The Oldie, April 2011.

EDMUND CRISPIN The Moving Toyshop For Philip Larkin in friendship and esteem . A Toyshop (second position). Love stories and murder books. I joined one o’ them’ – he heaved a long sigh; with vast effort his mind laboured and brought forth – ‘circulatin’ libraries.

EDMUND CRISPIN The Moving Toyshop For Philip Larkin in friendship and esteem ‘Not all the gay pageants that breathe Can with a dead body compare. CHARLES WESLEY, On the Sight.

Crispin, Edmund, 1921-1978. Fen, Gervase (Fictitious character), English teachers. London House & Maxwell. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on June 6, 2013. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as . Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin.

A vintage murder mystery. As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as . Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament.

The Moving Toyshop book. Listed in Keating's 100 Best Crime and Mystery Books, Moving Toyshop is "a froth of bubbling spirits, a sparkling example of the donnish detective story", at its heart is the absurd disappearance of a toyshop visited in midnight Oxford, which is explained with perfect plausibility by the time of the denouement.

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as . Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as . Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store.

Wheatley, a small, timid, bustling, elderly woman who twisted her apron nervously in her hands while she talked. I’ll deal with this, Cadogan had said to Fen when they arrived. In point of fact, he had no plan of any kind. Fen had agreed to this, rather grudgingly.

23 5 Author: Edmund Crispin Narrator: Paul Panting.

Relying on a distant memory of the place he boarded in years ago he accidentally enters a toyshop where .

Relying on a distant memory of the place he boarded in years ago he accidentally enters a toyshop where, to his surprise and fright, he finds the dead body of a women. Before he knows he is knocked out and spends his first night of the holidays locked in the backroom of the shop. The Moving Toyshop, first published in 1946, is Edmund Crispin's most famous novel featuring eccentric amateur detective, Gervase Fen. Thriller & Crime Historical Detectives Cosy Mysteries. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

An Oxford don leads an unusual criminal investigation following a murder at the university
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As I work my way through the books that I've missed on HRF Keating's list of best mysteries of the 20th century, I've finally reached the British Golden Age books. There weren't many from that era that I hadn't read, but "The Moving Toyshop" was one. So when a friend pointed out this kindle version for three dollars, I jumped on it.

Like his contemporaries Sayers, Christie, Marsh, etc., Crispin's mystery is set in an idealized pre-WWII world of England's upper/middle class and is "veddy, veddy British". Crispin's book is also literate in the extreme, which is hardly surprising considering that his detective, Gervase Fen, is the Professor of English and Literature at Oxford University, the protagonist in this story is a celebrated poet and the story takes place at Oxford. So unless you are very well versed in classic literature, there may be some references you miss but they won't ruin the fun.

And "fun" is the operative word here. While a lot of Golden Age mysteries have a sense of humor, "The Moving Toyshop" is very funny to the point of farce. The mystery itself is actually secondary to the humor. You will get a sense of what's to come before the book even begins. In place of the usual "all persons are fictional, any resemblance to actual persons etc" disclaimer, Crispin gives us:

"None but the most blindly credulous will imagine the characters and events in this story to be anything but fictitious. It is true that the ancient and noble city of Oxford is, of all the towns of England, the likeliest progenitor of unlikely events and persons. But there are limits. "

So, if you don't want your mysteries served with a strong dose of humor, "The Moving Toyshop" is not for you. But if you see the humor of the professor and poet passing the time with games like naming "Detestable Characters in Fiction" (Beatrice and Benedick, Lady Chatterly and the gamekeeper, etc), lines like "`Look,' he said. `It will be better if we both talk about the same subject at the same time. This isn't a Cheknov play." and a climax befitting the keystone cops, you will enjoy it.

If I have read any other Gervase Fen mysteries, I don't remember them. "Toyshop" was a great introduction and I look forward to reading more.
When Crispin wrote those words in 1946, England had suffered through seven years of the most deadly war in human history and death (both military and civilian) was never far away. Perhaps coming of age during this grim time scarred him or perhaps he would have been demon-ridden regardless of his era. He found early success both as a composer and as a writer of witty, erudite mysteries. Then, sadly, lapsed into alcoholism and non-productivity until his death at the age of 57.

Amazingly, what makes his mysteries so rare and enjoyable is their lightness and unashamedly eccentric characters and outlandish plots. The expression "zany humor" seems to have been coined to describe Professor Gervase Fen and his odd-ball friends and the bizarre situations he finds himself in. In order to get the full benefit of reading a Professor Fen book, the reader must be prepared to suspend critical judgement and go with the flow. What happens won't be like anything that's ever happened to you or WILL ever happen to you, but these things happen to Professor Fen and that's why he's so much fun to read about.

And yet Fen is never for a moment a Three Stooges buffoon. He hunts down murderers and he does so because he has a "passionless sense of justice and of proportion, a deeply rooted objection to waste." Wanton killing is wasteful and WRONG and he will do his utmost to bring the guilty party to justice, even if it involves a fore-runner of the "water-boarding" that's a hot topic in today's news. All of Crispin's books are challenging and thought-provoking. Although he was never able to find peace in his own life, he left a fine legacy for those of us who love a well-written, well-plotted mystery with a side order of social commentary.
As a devotee of classic mystery novels I stumbled onto this author with whom I was heretofore unfamiliar. Admittedly not the delightfully plodding character development and slowly unfolding plot of Marsh or Christie but the story line is intriguing and the characters are interesting. Looking forward to pressing on into future stories.
How can a toyshop disappear without a trace? And why would the shop disappear? A perfect question to begin a Gervase Fen mystery - there is the unorthodox driving, the assortment of suspects, the shifting settings. But it all drags on and on and on and pretty soon the tales spin out of control and it is over. Finally. But the writing is wonderful.
One of the second generation of 20th Century British Masters (and Mistresses)of the Detective story, Edmund Crispin (Bruce Montgomery) created Gervase Fen, Oxford Professor, as his Sherlock Holmes. The Moving toyshop is among the better vehicles to display his wit and eccentric chsraacters. By no means faultless, it does entertain, and should induce an interest in further pursuing books in the series. Surely, anyone who finds pleasure in the genre will want to give Crispin a chance.
The plot is convoluted, involving a crime, in which not only does the body disappear but also the scene of the crime. The key characters are mostly in the Wodehouse tradition, professors, undergrads, police, eccentric automobiles, and chases. Little is intended to be taken seriously.
No doubt, not to everyone's taste, but worth the try. The Penguin edition cost me only shipping charges (plus one cent) and was quite readable.

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