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Fen Country

Fen Country

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by Edmund Crispin
     
 

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Dandelions, hearing aids, a blood-stained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, and a truly poisonous letter... are 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.

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Dandelions, hearing aids, a blood-stained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, and a truly poisonous letter... are 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.

Employing this skilful balance between ingenuity and humour, Crispin lays out all the clues so that the reader is given the opportunity to solve each crime by themselves before it is done so immaculately by the eccentric but immensely gifted Professor Fen.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448206964
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/28/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
308,153
File size:
2 MB

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Meet 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.

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Fen Country 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 6 reviews.
shirlan More than 1 year ago
Edmund Crispin was a very witty and funny writer of mysteries that I read in the 1950's. I was very happy to find this as a nook book. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firekit opened her eyes, yawned and stretched, and smiled. It was a few days after she had opened her eyes, and there was so much to explore! She smiled and ran to Russetkit, Sorrelkit, Berrykit, and Spottedkit. "Wake up sleepy heads!" She mewed nudging them gently. Berrykit glanced over sleepily. "Go play by yourself." Russetkit shot her a glare. "She's afraid to go out in camp." Firekit rolled her eyes. "I'm not! You're just angry that I woke you up!" <p> Spottedkit and Sorrelkit climbed out of the nest and padded to her. "We're awake!" They sqeaked. Firekit smiled and dashed out of the nursery. Spottedkit and Sorrelkit followed. Berrykit relunctantly did too. Firekit lept on a small rock. "I am the mighty Firestar!" She mewed. Berrykit yawned boredly. "Let's play mossball instead." "I stink at mossball!" Complained Spottedkit. <p> Berrykit snorted. "Fine, we'll play. I am Berrythorn, FireClan's deputy!" Spottedkit squeaked in delight and ran over to Sorrelkit. "Sorrelstar, my duty?" Russetkit padded out of the den, yawning. "I, Russetstar, is leader of RussetClan." Firekit padded to Berrykit. "We should attack her." Berrykit nodded. They snuck up behind Russetkit. Unfourtantly their mothers called them in for breakfast. Firekit groaned and padded reluctantly in the Nursery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New (to me) hero, with unusual outlook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the novels are really the best oxford mysteries before Lewis on pbs these havent been on tv couldnt work in the animals of which seversl were the main characters and a pig most devoted they can be very very funny too especially the one about the power lines and trying to get someone to inspect the crackling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are stupid if you even read this book i fo sure didnt