Edmund Crispin has a delightful way of presenting a real puzzler with never a dull moment. Since his "detective" [Gervase Finn] is an Oxford don of English lit, there are no lack of literary references [which he helpfully explains for the novice.] The toyshop of the title is first discovered by a poet friend of Finn who is then forced to run after the don in order to clear his own name. There is a delightful Keystone Cops chase all around Oxford that will have you in stitches. But there are enough murders and slight of hand to keep armchair detectives on their toes. I read this book some years ago, but having this reader take such delight in each character made this a much more pleasant romp. Crispin doesn't take himself too seriously even poking fun at himself in the converstions.
I am fond of British mystery and I highly recommend this. Am currently downloading another Crispin.
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