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The Moving Toyshop: A Gervase Fen Mystery
 
 
Author
Edmund Crispin.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780099506225
Pages/Publication Date 205/2007
Daedalus Item Code 23103
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In this "clever, funny and rightly famous story" (Times, London), poet and would-be bon vivant Richard Cadogan arrives late at night for a holiday in Oxford and stumbles across the body of a dead woman in a toyshop. When he returns with the police, the toyshop is a grocery store and there is no sign of the corpse. Luckily, Cadogan's old school chum is the eccentric professor Gervase Fen. Battling with limerick clues, an unusual will, and disappearing evidence, the bookish duo rampage through the university town in their search for truth. This "engaging and mischievous" tale (Independent, London) is the pinnacle of Fen's adventures, full of entertaining literary puzzles and the occasional aside to the reader. Otherwise known in real life as the composer Bruce Montgomery, Edmund Crispin produced, in the mid-20th century, a series of nine detective novels and two story collections starring one of the most remarkable sleuths of the genre, Oxford don Gervase Fen. Cherubic, naive, volatile, and entirely delightful, as one of Crispin's own characters describes him, Fen wanders the earth taking a genuine interest in things and people unfamiliar.
 
 
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