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David H

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  • The Moving Toyshop

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Arriving late at night for a holiday in Oxford, the poet Richard Cadogan stumbles across the body of a dead woman in a toyshop. When he returns with the police, the toyshop is a grocery store - and there is no sign of the corpse.

    David H says: "Mystery as comedy"
    "Mystery as comedy"
    Overall

    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.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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