While disentangling the facts of the case, Fen is forced to deal with student love affairs, a kidnapping, and a lost Shakespearean manuscript. By turns hilarious and chilling, Love Lies Bleeding is a classic of the detective genre.
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"A distinguished piece of detective fiction, constructed with real intelligence." (Daily Mail)
Please give us more of this wonderful author and the equally wonderful narrator Stephen Thorne. These books are fun, intriguing and will tax your deductive powers in figuring out the mystery. If you haven't read the Gervase Fen series, you are in for a treat.
My first Crispin and hopefully not my last. The motive behind the murders is so convoluted that it took several denouments to clear up! After previously complaining that I have a habit of figuring out the who in who dunnits too early in the book, this one had me guessing. Humorous (loved the batty senior dog!) the language was mild, add befits a tale from the early part of the last century, and impeccably well written.
Stephen Thorne was stellar, doing even female voices when required without straining vocal chords or credulity. I look forward to hearing more of his readings.
Not really, no, but that is no reflection on the book. It comes from a more leisurely time, before instant gratification was the norm -- frankly, before instant pudding, even! This translates to a more leisurely read. A very interesting and entertaining read, but one you want to savor a while.
"A sparkling mystery"
This isn't the first Gervase Fen mystery novel to be written, but it is perhaps the finest introduction for newcomers to the series, and one of my long-time favourites.
Professor Fen is at his sparkling best trying to unravel a complex web of murders and other sinister events that surround a school prizegiving. Investigation and cold reasoning are Fen's real forte, but he has to put his life on the line and take part in a high-speed chase before this case is concluded.
The narration by Stephen Thorne is crisp and clear, bringing out the verbal delights of Edmund Crispin's writing. He reads well, acting all the parts with plenty of character, and masterfully handling Crispin's occasionally challenging vocabulary and style!
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