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Edmund Crispin : Holy Disorders (Gervase Fen Mysteries)

Author: Edmund Crispin
Title: Holy Disorders (Gervase Fen Mysteries)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Date: 2006-02-15
ISBN: 1933397284
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
Weight: 0.5 pounds
Size: 5.56 x 7.54 x 0.58 inches
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Gervase Fen--the eccentric Oxford don with a knack for solving “impossible” crimes--made his debut in The Case of the Gilded Fly, which Edmund Crispin (in reality, composer Bruce Montgomery) wrote to win a bet. With Holy Disorders, Crispin’s skills matured, but Fen remains as maddeningly childish as ever, still deliciously fond of his own wit and erudition, and given to quoting Lewis Carroll at inappropriate occasions. First published in 1945, Holy Disorders takes 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 afoul of a nest of German spies or of the local coven of witches, ominously rumored to have been practicing since the 17th century? Tracking down the answer pleases Fen immensely--only the reader will have a better time. This, said the New York Times Book Review, is “Fen at his very best.”
Reviews: Hope (United Kingdom) (2007/05/05):
This book is great fun, and has a number of comic moments: the fracas in the sports department of store, that develops as an unidentified assailant tries to prevent Geoffrey Vintner from getting to Tolnbridge; Geoffrey and Fen's quiet mocking of the pet raven by reciting Poe, to the confusion of the raven's owner; the telegram Geoffrey receives from Fen summoning him to Tolnbridge is a hilarious because of its lack of punctuation; the descent of a supposed coven into farce.

This murder story involves spying and wartime threats, and there are at least two really good related moments in the cathedral; one of these is the discovery of how the victim's time and manner of death was disguised. I could tell you why it is a really good moment, but that would spoil the surprise. A clue: sound waves are also vibrations, and they can move things (slightly).

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