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The case of the gilded fly av Edmund Crispin
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The case of the gilded fly (urspr publ 1944; utgåvan 2009)

av Edmund Crispin

Serier: Gervase Fen (1)

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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 introduced English professor and would-be detective Gervase Fen, one of crime fiction's most irrepressible and popular sleuths. A classic locked-room mystery filled with witty literary allusions, it was the debut of 'a new writer who calls himself Edmund Crispin' (in reality the choral and film composer Bruce Montgomery), later described by The Times as 'One of the last exponents of the classical English detective story . . . elegant, literate, and funny.' This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Douglas G. Greene, who reveals how Montgomery's ambition to emulate John Dickson Carr resulted in a string of successful and distinctive Golden Age detective novels and an invitation from Carr himself to join the exclusive Detection Club.… (mer)
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Titel:The case of the gilded fly
Författare:Edmund Crispin
Info:London : Vintage, 2009.
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I don't snub mystery books because they are older, but I admit that I am a little wary of them. I don't expect to like them quite as much, unless they are by some of my longtime favorite authors. For some reason I had not heard of Crispin. Except for the notorious Crispin who killed all those elderly people. Not the same one here! It's not even his real name.

This is a curious case of an investigation by a person who seems to be in the background most of the time. We don't follow Gervase Fen, hear his thoughts, get into his skin. Instead, we follow the story through a newspaper reporter, Nigel Blake, who used to be a student of Fen's. I see him as becoming something of a sidekick without actually being at Fen's side most of the time.

The story features a theater in Oxford where a new play is about to be performed. Two sisters are acting in it, and one of them is murdered. There are many suspects because Yseut was not loved. Beautiful, predatory, ambitious, but not loved. Her murder takes place in an area where it appears nobody could have killed her. So it might look like suicide. But we know right away that it isn't.

Gervase Fen is a professor of English literature, and literate he most certainly is. The book is riddled with literary allusions, not all of them coming from Fen. I am sure that those with a real classical education would revel in knowing all of the quotations. I certainly did not. And that does not detract from enjoying the book, at least in my case. In addition to dropping bits of literary history here and there, Fen prides himself on his ability to solve crimes. The rather strange, sometimes rude, sometimes loud, and usually interesting Fen gets to solve this one. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Wikipedia: 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, known for his Gervase Fen novels. … 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!)….Gareth Roberts has said that the tone of his Doctor Who novel The Well-Mannered War was modelled upon Crispin's style. He also remarks (of The Moving Toyshop) that "It's more like Doctor Who than Doctor Who." ( )
  librisissimo | Dec 27, 2019 |
There were two great competitions in Golden Age mysteries. The most eccentric detective, and the most wildly improbable explanation of the crime. Fen comes close to the top in the first, and this book comes close to winning the second. I rate John Dickson Carr the best, and Crispin second. ( )
  johnclaydon | Jul 24, 2019 |
The resonance of The Pickwick Papers remains in its transgressions of form and style; it is a comic novel punctuated with ghost stories and finding its finest footing in a debtor's prison. Edmund Crispin achieves a similar success; this is a droll portrait of theatre folk during wartime; one which doesn't flinch nor shirk from low humor or dazzling erudition. I laughed freely and marveled at the elocution. I'm nerdy like that. People around here appear to lack that eloquence.

The actual details of the crime to be solved were flighty and improbable. What if a locked room wasn't actually a room? That isn't a spoiler , but a nod to with weird wit at the core of the denouement. Another detail to savor is the amount of beer consumed before lunch in a rationed Oxford. Whither austerity? ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
This somewhat intellectual "locked room" mystery features a professor solving the murder of an actress with a bad reputation when it comes to men. The police believe it to be a case of suicide, but Gervase Fen makes a compelling case for why it is not. This tedious and boring book contains attempts at humor. The characters grated on my nerves, partly because I disliked the "theatrical" setting, and partly because of their unlikable natures. Even the professor himself fails to engage the reader. I kept plugging away at it, hoping the book would improve. In the end I wished I returned this one to my friend long ago unread. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 19, 2018 |
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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 introduced English professor and would-be detective Gervase Fen, one of crime fiction's most irrepressible and popular sleuths. A classic locked-room mystery filled with witty literary allusions, it was the debut of 'a new writer who calls himself Edmund Crispin' (in reality the choral and film composer Bruce Montgomery), later described by The Times as 'One of the last exponents of the classical English detective story . . . elegant, literate, and funny.' This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Douglas G. Greene, who reveals how Montgomery's ambition to emulate John Dickson Carr resulted in a string of successful and distinctive Golden Age detective novels and an invitation from Carr himself to join the exclusive Detection Club.

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