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January Books 27) Holy Disorders, by Edmund Crispin

Gosh, it's over a year since I read The Moving Toyshop; here Gervase Fen is embroiled in a mystery of murder and espionage in a West Country cathedral town in about 1940. The book is not quite successful at keeping a consistency of tone (also Crispin, like his male characters, seems a bit uncertain about women), but there are some glorious set-pieces, in particular the scene where Fen and his friend are trying to interview a clergyman who owns a pet raven and keep quoting Poe at each other. Fun stuff.

Top LibaryThing Unsuggestion: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers, which I did not like as much.