An intriguing tale of politics, blackmail and escaped lunatics from the incomparable Gervase Fen
Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery, an English crime writer and composer. He graduated from St John's College, Oxford, in 1943, with a BA in modern languages, having for two years been its organist and choirmaster. From 1943 to 1945 he taught at Shrewsbury School and in 1944 published the first of nine Gervase Fen novels, The Case of the Gilded Fly. He became a well respected reviewer of crime, writing for the Sunday Times from 1967 until his death in 1978. He also composed the music for many of the Carry On films.
" Both the mature and the discerning young choose to pick up one of Crispin's beautifully turned crime novels" The Times "Crispin isn't in it for the mystery, but for the enigmas" Guardian "His books are full of high spirits and excellent jokes, with constant literary allusions and an atmosphere of bibulous good humour. But at times the mood turns darker, and Crispin is capable of passages of both genuine suspense and ingenius deduction" The Daily Telegraph "Crispin is noted for an ability to embellish clever story lines with Marx Brothers touches" New York Times "Rightly elevated to classic status" New York Sun