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  • Edmund Crispin

    The very first case for Oxford-based sleuth Gervase Fen, one of the last of the great Golden Age detectives. As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse, this is the perfect entry point to discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin - crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. A pretty but spiteful young actress with a talent for destroying men’s lives is found dead in a college room just yards from the office of the unconventional Oxford don Gervase Fen. Anyone who knew the girl would gladly have shot her, but can Fen discover who did shoot her, and why? Published during the Second World War, The Case of the Gilded Fly...read more

  • Agatha Christie

    This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 13 tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Gervase Fen novella by Edmund Crispin that has never previously been published. With the Golden Age of detective fiction shining ever more brightly thanks to the recent reappearance of many forgotten crime novels, Bodies from the Library offers a rare opportunity to read lost stories from the first half of the twentieth century by some of the genre’s most accomplished writers. This second volume is a showcase for popular figures of the Golden Age, in stories that even their most...read more

  • Ngaio Marsh

    This annual anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a short novel by Christianna Brand. Mystery stories have been around for centuries—there are whodunits, whydunits and howdunits, including locked-room puzzles, detective stories without detectives, and crimes with a limited choice of suspects. Countless volumes of such stories have been published, but some are still impossible to find: stories that appeared in a newspaper, magazine or an anthology that has long been out of print and unpublished stories that were absorbed into an...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    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...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    El quisquilloso profesor y detective aficionado Gervase Fen ha abandonado durante el verano su amada Universidad de Oxford para acudir al pueblo costero de Tolnbridge, donde planea pasar tranquilamente sus vacaciones. Va armado con una red para insectos, ya que piensa dedicarse al arte de la entomología. Pero la calma y el sosiego duran poco. La villa está consternada por el misterioso asesinato del organista de la catedral. El músico en cuestión no tenía ningún enemigo conocido y su labor en la iglesia era inofensiva, así que la policía no es capaz de dar con un sospechoso. ¿Se tratará acaso de la conspiración de unos espías alemanes? ¿O tal vez de la consecuencia de los...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. 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 and amateur detective), knows that truth is...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Castrevenford school is preparing for Speech Day and English professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen is called upon to present the prizes. However, the night before the big day, strange events take place that leave two members of staff dead. The Headmaster turns to Professor Fen to investigate the murders. While disentangling the facts of the case, Mr Fen is forced to deal with student love affairs, a kidnapping and a lost Shakespearean manuscript. By turns hilarious and chilling, Love Lies...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. 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 rumored to have been practicing since the 17th...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room? In the course of this entertaining adventure, eccentric Oxford don and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen has to unravel two murders, cope...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. 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. At first glance, the village he's come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer's identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    La escuela Castrevenford está inmersa en los preparativos para celebrar el fin de curso, y el excéntrico profesor de Oxford y detective aficionado Gervase Fen (al que ya conocimos en La juguetería errante y El canto del cisne), liberado de sus obligaciones laborales, ha sido convocado a entregar los premios a los discursos más brillantes. Sin embargo, la noche previa al gran día, extraños sucesos acontecen en el colegio, y dos profesores son asesinados. Mientras intenta desentrañar el misterio, Fen se ve obligado a resolver un secuestro con la ayuda de un sabueso con demencia senil, a apaciguar a una plétora de colegialas enloquecidas y, de paso, a averiguar el paradero de un...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    Las compañías de teatro suelen ser siempre un hervidero de habladurías. Pero pocas son tan intrigantes como la que se encuentra actuando en estos momentos en Oxford. La joven y letal Yseut, actriz algo mediocre y maliciosa, es el centro de todas las miradas, aunque su principal talento consiste en destrozar las vidas de los hombres que la rodean. Hasta que es hallada muerta en extrañas circunstancias. Por fortuna, entre bastidores se encuentra el excéntrico profesor Gervase Fen, quien halla mayor placer en resolver crímenes que en enseñar literatura inglesa. Y cuanto más investiga el caso, más cuenta se da de que todo aquel que conocía a Yseut habría sido candidato a asesinarla;...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    Hastiado de la aburrida vida universitaria, el excéntrico profesor y detective amateur Gervase Fen (La juguetería errante y Asesinato en la catedral) decide tomarse un descanso y trasladarse al remoto pueblo de Sanford Angelorum, en plena campiña inglesa, para presentarse como candidato al Parlamento. A primera vista, la aldea parece un lugar tranquilo, pero, fiel a su instinto, Fen no tarda en descubrir que, una vez más, las apariencias engañan, y se sumerge en una oscura trama de chantaje que derivará en un misterioso asesinato. A medida que su incipiente carrera política deja de proporcionarle satisfacciones, Fen concentra todas sus energías en resolver el misterio, aunque, sin...read more

  • Edmund Crispin

    La juguetería errante es un clásico de la novela de detectives inglesa, considerado unánimemente una de las cumbres indiscutibles del género. Cuando el poeta Richard Cadogan decide pasar unos días de vacaciones en Oxford tras una discusión con el avaro de su editor, poco puede imaginar que lo primero que encontrará al llegar a la ciudad, en plena noche, será el cadáver de una mujer tendido en el suelo de una juguetería. Y menos aún que, cuando consigue regresar al lugar de los hechos con la policía, la juguetería habrá desaparecido y, en su lugar, lo que encontrarán será una tienda de ultramarinos en la que, naturalmente, tampoco hay cadáver. Cadogan decide entonces unir...read more