Fen Country

Fen Country

by Edmund Crispin

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Overview

Dandelions, hearing aids, a blood-stained cat, a Leonardo drawing and a corpse with an alibi… Just some of the unusual clues that Professor Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector Humbleby are confronted with in this sparkling collection of short mystery stories. Employing a skilful balance of ingenuity and humour, Crispin lays out all the clues.

Can you solve the case before Professor Fen?

First-published posthumously in 1979, Fen Country is Edmund Crispin's second collection of short stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781448206964
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Series: The Gervase Fen Mysteries
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 543,112
File size: 576 KB

About the Author

Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (usually credited as Bruce Montgomery) (2 October 1921 - 15 September 1978), an English crime writer and composer.

Montgomery wrote nine detective novels and two collections of short stories under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin (taken from a character in Michael Innes's Hamlet, Revenge!). The stories feature Oxford don Gervase Fen, who is an eccentric, sometimes absent-minded Professor of English at the university. Crispin's whodunit novels have complex plots and fantastic, somewhat unbelievable solutions. They are written in a humorous, literary and sometimes farcical style and contain frequent references to English literature, poetry, and music. They are also among the few mystery novels to break the fourth wall occasionally and speak directly to the audience.

The Times chose Edmund Crispin as one of their '50 Greatest Crime Writers'.
Edmund Crispin (2 October 1921 - 15 September 1978) was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (usually credited as Bruce Montgomery), an English crime writer and composer. Montgomery wrote nine detective novels and two collections of short stories under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin (taken from a character in Michael Innes's Hamlet, Revenge!). The stories feature Oxford don Gervase Fen, who is a Professor of English at the university and a fellow of St Christopher's College, a fictional institution that Crispin locates next to St John's College. Fen is an eccentric, sometimes absent-minded, character reportedly based on the Oxford professor W. E. Moore. The whodunit novels have complex plots and fantastic, somewhat unbelievable solutions, including examples of the locked room mystery. They are written in a humorous, literary and sometimes farcical style and contain frequent references to English literature, poetry, and music. They are also among the few mystery novels to break the fourth wall occasionally and speak directly to the audience.

Table of Contents

Who Killed Baker? Edmund Crispin Geoffrey Bush 1

Death and Aunt Fancy 8

The Hunchback Gat 13

The Lion's Tooth 19

Gladstone's Candlestick 24

The Man Who Lost His Head 29

The Two Sisters 35

Outrage in Stepney 40

A Country to Sell 45

A Case in Camera 51

Blood Sport 56

The Pencil 61

Windhover Cottage 65

The House by the River 70

After Evensong 75

Death Behind Bars 80

We Know You're Busy Writing, But We Thought You Wouldn't Mind If We Just Dropped in for a Minute 90

Cash on Delivery 107

Shot in the Dark 113

The Mischief Done 119

Merry-Go-Round 135

Occupational Risk 139

Dog in the Night-Time 144

Man Overboard 150

The Undraped Torso 155

Wolf! 160

A Note on the Author 165

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