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Crispin, Edmund 1921-1978

Works: 154 works in 857 publications in 15 languages and 9,115 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Science fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6025.O46, 823.912
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Most widely held works about Edmund Crispin
Most widely held works by Edmund Crispin
The moving toyshop : a detective story by Edmund Crispin( Book )

108 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. The police are understandably skeptical of this tale but Richard's former schoolmate, Gervase Fen (Oxford Professor of English Language and Literature), knows that truth is stranger than fiction (in fiction, at least). Soon the intrepid duo is careening around town in hot pursuit of clues but just when they think they understand what has happened, the disappearing-toyshop mystery takes a sharp turn
The case of the gilded fly by Edmund Crispin( Book )

65 editions published between 1944 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gervase Fen, in his first case, is up to his Oxford Professorship in murder. A troupe of actors converging on the scholarly town for a brief engagement finds its leading lady shot to death. Bad and beautiful, Yseult had many enemies-- but which one had done her in? With alibis as plentiful as motives, only Gervase Fen (self-described as "the only literary critic turned detective in the whole of fiction") can wade through the witty verbiage to find the killer"--
Holy disorders by Edmund Crispin( Book )

57 editions published between 1945 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Holy Disorders' takes Oxford don and part time detective, Gervase Fen to the town of Tolnbridge, where he is happily bounding around with a butterfly net until the cathedral organist is murdered, giving Fen the chance to play sleuth. The man didn't have an enemy in the world, and even his music was inoffensive: could he have fallen foul of a nest of German spies or of the local coven of witches, ominously rumoured to have been practicing since the 17th century?
Frequent hearses : a detective story by Edmund Crispin( Book )

47 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gervase Fen is serving as a story consultant for a film biography on Alexander Pope when one of the bit players committs suicide. Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to cover up the real identity of the victim. Then the cameraman is poisoned right before his eyes and Fen finds himself consulting on the more familiar matter of murder
Love lies bleeding by Edmund Crispin( Book )

59 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public signs of an uncontrollable youthful passion disrupt rehearsals for the play at Castrevenford School, where the Headmaster struggles manfully to keep the Platonic halves apart, but it is an uprising of an entirely different sort that will soon occupy his attention. For the night before Speech Day brings the discovery of two wretched murders in the school grounds. With scandal only temporarily averted, it is left to the visiting Gervase Fen, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, to investigate happenings more convoluted than any genuine Shakespearean tragedy
The glimpses of the moon : a novel by Edmund Crispin( Book )

26 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Gervase Fen is in Devon working on his masterpiece critique of the modern novel, but keeps getting distracted--by the local animals (several pigs, a mildly insane cat, a horse with sleeping sickness), by the spectacular failures of the local electrical board, by the vicar's practical jokes, by the retired major yearning for another jolly war. Oh, and by the dismembered body, found in a nearby field, whose head keeps turning up in the most unlikely places.??
Swan song by Edmund Crispin( Book )

40 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una inteligente, chispeante y divertida comedia de misterio. Un clásico del género, que recupera a uno de los personajes más memorables de la novela inglesa del XX, el profesor Gervase Fen.-- Tras el éxito de La juguetería errante, vuelve el profesor de Oxford y detective aficionado Gervase Fen, para resolver otro extraño crimen a puerta cerrada. Cuando una encopetada compañía de ópera recala en Oxford para poner en marcha la primera producción posbélica de Los maestros cantores de Núremberg, de Wagner, la felicidad que reina en el ambiente pronto quedará ensombrecida por la aparición del odioso y molesto tenor Edwin Shorthouse. Todo el mundo tiene un motivo personal para odiar con toda su alma a Shorthouse, pero ¿quién de los presentes será tan torpe como para acabar con él ahorcándole y apuñalándole en su propio camerino, cerrado por dentro? Como dice Edmund Crispin en la primera línea de esta perspicaz novela: "Pocas criaturas hay en el mundo más estúpidas que un cantante{OCLCbr#BB}
Buried for pleasure by Edmund Crispin( Book )

54 editions published between 1941 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whilst campaigning for a parliamentary seat, prospective MP Gervase Fen finds himself in the midst of a Scotland Yard investigation into a spate of poisoning
Fen Country : twenty-six stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

14 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dandelions and hearing aids, a bloodstained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, a truly poisonous letter...just some of the unusual clues that Oxford don/detective Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector Humbleby are confronted with in this sparkling collection of short mystery stories by one of the great masters of detective fiction
The long divorce by Edmund Crispin( Book )

36 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beware of the trains, sixteen stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

27 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How acute are your powers of perception? Do they begin to match those of Gervase Fen, Oxford don and sleuth supreme? First published in 1953, these sixteen short stories are classic examples of Fen's crime-solving prowess. A professor of English at Oxford by trade, he is also an eager amateur criminologist and this leads to him becoming involved in a whole host of compelling murder mysteries. His intuition uncovers the most insoluble clues whenever even the best brains in the police force are frankly baffled. These stories also allow you, the reader, to flex your own crime-solving muscles: each one contains all the clues needed to anticipate its outcome, using a delicate combination of logic and common sense ... with a bit of ingenuity thrown in! Do you dare to take them on?
Best sf : science fiction stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

33 editions published between 1953 and 1972 in 3 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories about science fiction in general
Best sf two : science fiction stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

23 editions published between 1951 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best SF four : science fiction stories( Book )

17 editions published between 1960 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best SF three : science fiction stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

16 editions published between 1956 and 1964 in English and Undetermined and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obsequies at Oxford by Edmund Crispin( Book )

7 editions published between 1945 and 1973 in Spanish and English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best tales of terror by Edmund Crispin( Book )

10 editions published between 1962 and 1966 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best detective stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 1966 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Edmund Crispin treasury by Edmund Crispin( Book )

in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best sf six : science fiction stories by Edmund Crispin( Book )

9 editions published between 1966 and 1976 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The case of the gilded fly
Alternative Names

controlled identityMontgomery, Bruce, 1921-1978

Crispin, Edmund

Edmund Crispin britisk komponist og skribent

Edmund Crispin Brits schrijver (1921-1978)

Edmund Crispin brittisk kompositör och författare

Edmund Crispin compositeur britannique

Edmund Crispin compositor británico

Edmund Crispin englischer Krimi-Schriftsteller, SF-Herausgeber und Komponist

Edmund Crispin scrittore e compositore britannico

Montgomery, Bruce.

Montgomery, Bruce 1921-1978

Montgomery, Robert B.

Montgomery, Robert Bruce

Montgomery, Robert Bruce 1921-1978


クリスピン, エドマンド

The case of the gilded flyHoly disordersFrequent hearses : a detective storyLove lies bleedingSwan songBuried for pleasureFen Country : twenty-six storiesThe long divorce