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October Books 22) The Moving Toyshop

22) The Moving Toyshop, by Edmund Crispin

Got this off Bookmooch, after reading strange_complex's review (in which she explores its literary antecedence of Doctor Who), and greatly enjoyed it. It is a murder mystery set in Oxford in 1938, solved by Gervase Fen, professor of poetry; the plot is convoluted and utterly implausible, but it is written with immense verve, energy and humour. Anyone who knows Oxford will appreciate the attention to local detail. (Anyone expecting a sort of prehistoric Inspector Morse will be disappointed.)

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inulro
Oct. 31st, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I picked this up in a charity shop last month and haven't looked at it yet. I might move it up the queue.
altariel
Oct. 31st, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
We are now hooked on Edmund Crispin in this house as a result of strange_complex's review (although The Moving Toyshop is one of the ones I haven't read yet!).
marykaykare
Oct. 31st, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've been a Crispin fan for years. I have them all I think. (she smirked). My favorite is the last one, Glimpses of the Moon. The greatest car chase ever!

MKK
jemck
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
As another long time Crispin fan, I approve this post!
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