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Crispin Edmund Frequent Hearses (Gervase Fen)

Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and aspiring actress Gloria Scotts suicide definitely looks like murder.


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First published in 1950, Frequent Hearses was Edmund Crispin's seventh novel.

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Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery (usually credited as Bruce Montgomery) (2 October 1921 – 15 September 1978), an English crime writer and composer, known for his Gervase Fen novels.


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Crispin Edmund Frequent Hearses (Gervase Fen)

The acerbic comments on the industry which makes movies, and on anything else that comes his jaundiced way, is one of the appealing features of the book.

Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope, when he learns of Gloria's death.
She appears to have little reason for wanting to kill herself.
But when a cameraman is poisoned before his eyes, Fen finds himself involved in murder.
A terrific opening, in which a young woman jumps out of a cab in the middle of Waterloo Bridge in London and leaps to her death in front of many witnesses.
But might it be murder?
But I had the feeling that Crispin visualized the puzzle, got all the relationships straight in his head, and then failed to come up with a decent, suspenseful plot in which all was mysterious until revealed.
He apparently sensed the lack of plot by inserting a long A terrific opening, in which a young woman jumps out of 5 cab in the middle of Waterloo Bridge in London and leaps to her death in front of many witnesses.
But might it be murder?
But I had the feeling that Crispin visualized the puzzle, got all the relationships straight in his head, and then failed to come up with a decent, suspenseful plot in which all was mysterious until revealed.
He apparently sensed the lack of plot by inserting a long woman-in-jeopardy sequence in the middle, one which was unnecessary and led nowhere.
Some very witty repartee, et cetera, but not one of his best.
A tale of revenge and murder in the film industry.
Only rarely did the glamour of "a job with films" go to anyone's head - and though the girl who called herself Gloria Scott may have suffered from such delusions of grandeur, she had the excuse of being young, and was, in any case, a person of very little consequence.
Her death, and the appalling consequences which followed it was perhaps shocking precisely because she was so unimportant; it was as if a bomb had gone off in an area confidently A tale of revenge and murder in the film industry.
Only rarely did the glamour of "a job with films" go to anyone's head - and https://xn--80afh5adm3cyc.xn--p1ai/black/kofevarka-rozhkovaya-bork-een-9820-si.html the girl who called herself Gloria Scott may have suffered from such delusions of grandeur, she had the excuse of being young, and was, in any case, a person of very little consequence.
Her death, and the appalling consequences which followed it was perhaps shocking precisely because she was so unimportant; it was as if a bomb had gone off in an area confidently scheduled by the authorities as completely safe.
I like this description of inside the studios because it gives such a vivid impression of the feel of the place .
They represented, with all the detailed appositeness of a text-book illustration, that point at which the pursuit of the purely functional overreaches itself and becomes absurd.
Even in its primary intention of promoting источник, architecture like this was bound to fail, since the psychological effect of these blank, indistinguishable corridors.
The persons to be encountered did not, it is true, seem visibly afflicted by their ghastly surroundings; but acquiescence in ugliness is even more devasting spiritually than the impotent enduring of it, and in an industry which was concerned with making pretty visual patterns.
Some reviewers take exception to the "purple prose" in Edmund Crispin's books, likening it to the overblown essays of unpromising undergraduates majoring in English literature.
I actually found the elaborate writing of run-on sentences filled with words that made the possession of a dictionary a necessary attribute of the earnest peruser to be one of the more captivating aspects of this book.
Sadly the ending felt tacked on and not very well thought out.
I also dislike a mystery in which the Some reviewers take exception to the "purple prose" in Edmund Crispin's books, likening it to the overblown essays of unpromising undergraduates majoring in English literature.
I actually found the elaborate writing of run-on sentences filled with words that made the possession of a dictionary a necessary attribute of the earnest peruser to be one of the more captivating aspects of this book.
Sadly the ending felt tacked on and not very well thought out.
I also dislike a mystery in which the conclusion of the mystery requires as read in an audio book about a hour of explanation on the part of the detective or, in this case, the criminal.
To be honest I found myself quite disappointed by this book given the widespread praise for Crispin in general and his Fen books in specific.
Although the books are, of course, larded with instances of sexism and classism that one finds common in books written at that time was the lush and overwritten nature of the prose partnered with the laziness of the plot construction that really put me off.
The solution to the murder is a cobbled together rigmarole that that would never have survived the To be honest I found myself quite disappointed by this book given the widespread praise for Crispin in general and his Fen books in specific.
Although the books are, of course, larded with instances of sexism and classism that one finds common in books written at that time was the lush and overwritten nature of the prose partnered with the laziness of the plot construction that really put me off.
The solution to the murder is a cobbled together rigmarole that that would never have survived the inside of a actual courtroom which determined, one gathers, the final chapter of the book and the prose is of the overwritten and purplish character one usually finds among undergraduates attempting to demonstrate the breadth of their vocabulary.
Full of words one never sees in print any longer, and labyrinthine sentence construction.
Dismissive of country villages, and actually insulting on cinema and film industry.
I can't wait to read more!
The inner workings of a famous acting family is exposed.
I don't care for the deadly chase scene, but the pictures of studio life were thoroughly enjoyable.
It was nice to have a Crispin that I hadn't read before.
I wrote then, accurately enough, that I read the Gervase Fen crime stories merely to be entertained.
On this occasion, I wrote, I wasn't entertained.
This time around I was, and I can't explain why my reaction was different.
The story is centered on a movie production company.
I wrote then, accurately enough, that I read the Gervase Fen crime stories merely to be entertained.
On this occasion, I wrote, I wasn't entertained.
This time around I was, and I can't explain why my reaction was different.
The story жмите centered on a movie production company.
Given that Crispin's real name was Bruce Montgomery and that he was a composer under that name, I can only imagine that some of his composing was for movies.
He was around in the middle to latter 20th century, and certainly many composers relied on movies for some of their income.
The descriptions of the way music is added to a film certainly sound like they're coming from someone with inside knowledge.
If so, he must have had happy memories.
Judy Flecker is one of the few likable characters in the book.
In a couple of sentences, Crispin also made the lounge at the Club at Long Felton Studios seem like a place that I'd like to hang out at.
As for the plot, a young actress dies by suicide for reasons that are not immediately apparent; soon after, взято отсюда cameraman is also dead, and it turns out he was poisoned.
There's reason, in Fen's mind, to believe that others also may be in danger.
Who is behind all of this is, of course, a mystery.
Crispin may be having fun with адрес genre, but crimes still have to be solved.
Most of the Gervase Fen novels include a manic chase scene.
The chase scene in this book involves only two character until Fen finally enters the scene and occurs in a maze, and it's scary, not manic.
In a movie or TV dramatization, it could be quite a gripping sequence.
Especially with the right sort of music.
Compared to Fens earlier outings ,this one is more serious and contains less slapdash comedy and madness.
But that does not mean that the book is not funny.
Every sentence is amusing and it's a pleasure to read Crispin even when not much of essence is being conveyed.
I again learned quite a few new words.
Those who have not read Crispin before,don't start with this one as he is out of his usual setting of Oxford and his usual cronies are not present and does very little detection compared to 3.
Compared to Fens earlier outings ,this one is more serious and contains less slapdash comedy and madness.
But that does not mean that the book is not funny.
Every sentence is amusing and it's a pleasure to read Crispin even when not much of essence is being conveyed.
I again learned quite a few new words.
Those who have not read Crispin before,don't start with this one as he is out of his usual setting of Oxford and his usual cronies are not по ссылке and does very little detection compared to the earlier books.
The mystery is nice but it's unlikely you can guess the killer with any sort of reasoning.
Thats why I would rate this book lower than his best ones like Buried for pleasure or Swansong,but it's not a bad one in any sense.
I liked it better than the Toyshop ,in which the slapdash sections were just too much to take.
Another fascinating, entertaining story from the delightful Edmund Crispin.
Because he wrote only nine mystery novels and two short story collections he also wrote several screenplays and composed the scores for numerous filmsI've been taking my time reading them.
But this year I've begun to reread the books of my favorite authors, so I'm ready to keep on moving through Crispin and enjoy all of books without delay.
The mysteries themselves are always confounding and the Another fascinating, entertaining story from the delightful Edmund Crispin.
Because he wrote only nine mystery novels and two short story collections he also wrote several screenplays and composed the scores for numerous filmsI've been taking my time reading them.
But this year I've begun to reread the books of my favorite authors, so I'm ready to keep on moving through Crispin and enjoy all of books without delay.
The mysteries themselves are always confounding and the denouements surprising.
But for me the best part of his books are the detailed descriptions of his characters, his loving treatment of the language, the little moments between people that we all experience but don't always find in books.
Providing at least one chuckle per book, and usually several more, Crispin wrote beautifully.
Oxford Don and amateur detective Gervase Fen is lending his expertise on Alexander Pope to a film studio and gets involved in another case of murder.
A fun look at post WW2 film studios in England though the actual plot was a bit contrived.
Listened to the audio version which was very well narrated by Philip Bird.
A Fen mystery that doesn't feature that much of Fen - and a mystery with a resolution that elicits a hearty "Wait.
But for all that it's still very enjoyable, as most of Edmund Crispin's work is.
I found the long confession at the end tedious.
The story should have Свитер BACK TO worked in better.
This one just didn't work for me.
If you want to become a best-selling mystery writer, 5 prolific.
Quantity, not quality is the key to success in the literary world.
Publishers want an Agatha Christie or an Erle Stanley Gardner, both of whom reliably cranked 'em out year after year for decades.
But as a reader I cherish the works of oddball writers like Edmund Crispin who wrote nine mysteries and two books of short stories and left this world leaving his fans pining for more.
Crispin's books are well written and full of If you want to become a best-selling mystery writer, be prolific.
Quantity, not quality is the key to success in the literary world.
Publishers want an Agatha Christie or an Erle Stanley Gardner, both of whom reliably cranked 'em out year after year for decades.
But as a reader I cherish the works of oddball writers like Edmund Crispin who wrote nine mysteries and two books of short stories and left this world leaving his fans pining for more.
Crispin's books are well written and full of eccentric characters and they give fascinating glimpses into whatever professional world he choose as a setting.
Here it's the British film industry immediately after WWII.
The author knew his way around that one because he was a long-time composer of film music.
So he got to show off his insider knowledge and poke a bit of fun at himself along the way.
Early on, one character speaks of a film composer "like one who refers to some necessary but unromantic bodily function.
In the film world then as now it's the actors and actresses who count and this plot revolves around two actresses who have little in common except that they've both slept with the same actor.
Madge Crane is a BIG STAR.
Gloria Scott is an unknown seeking her first major role.
Madge Crane has a mother and three brothers.
Gloria Scott appears to have come out of the mists, and has no family and few friends.
And Madge Crane is нажмите сюда and Gloria Scott isn't.
Scotland Yard sends out quiet, unassuming, but highly competent Detective-Inspector Humbleby who meets up with his old friend Gervase Fen - Oxford Professor and amateur detective.
They've hunted together before and make excellent foils for one another.
Both are men of intelligence and culture and are worthy of this very erudite writer.
If I tell you that in the first chapter, you'll encounter the words "congeries" "equinoctial" "deleterious" "sempiternal" "exiguous" and "inchoate" you'll get the idea.
This author clearly saw no reason to assume that his readers were idiots, even if we DO like mysteries.
As to the plot, it's a mystery so there are twists and red herrings and surprises galore.
I personally think that the bit involving the maze is over-done, but the head-to-head collision of Humbleby and the Bolshevik butler is one of the finest things I've ever read.
Speaking of Humbleby, you'll notice that he takes orders from the Commissioner and investigates cases himself even though he is a mere Detective-Inspector and drives badly a modest car.
In more recent times, P.
James' Scotland Yard man is a "Commander" who drives a Синтезатор SA-47 and is accompanied by several Detective-Inspectors to take notes and fetch his tea.
Rank inflation seems to have taken a firm grip on the British crime-fighting community.
This author never takes himself too seriously and neither do his characters.
That's what makes them so timeless and entertaining.
I only wish there were more Crispin books to savor.
Comment Comment Permalink Crispin is a poet of dinginess.
Luckily for him, the British movie industry is the world's dingiest -- or was in 1950, when this book was published.
And thank you, Classic Crime division of Penguin, for reviving it in 1982.
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Forster, the Принтер Ricoh Aficio SP C410DN, and perhaps the greatest, published his last novel in 1924 -- it contains the knowing inflections of their work.
Let's listen to a little: "Now in this decision, that softening of the intellect in Crispin is a poet of dinginess.
Luckily for him, the British movie industry is the world's dingiest -- or was in 1950, when this book was published.
And thank you, Classic Crime division of Penguin, for reviving it in 1982.
Though it's written after the great English writers -- E.
Forster, the last, and perhaps the greatest, published his last novel in 1924 -- it contains the knowing inflections of their work.
Let's listen to a little: перейти in this decision, that softening of the intellect in which Mr.
Snerd's ever-growing confidence had resulted is very clearly exemplified.
He realised, of course, that once the letter was published there would no longer be any discretionary bar to Miss Crane's reporting its theft to the police; he realised that Felicity would know him for the culprit.
But he was foolish enough to suppose that for fear of losing her job Felicity would not denounce him; and even if she did, he fondly imagined that providing he never saw her again his pseudonym would protect him.
Even the author's name is beautiful.
The protagonist, Professor Gervase Fen, is an Alexander Pope scholar.
The title is taken from Pope's "Elegy to the 5 of an Unfortunate Lady": Thus, if eternal justice rules the ball, Thus продолжить your wives, and thus your children fall; On all the line a 5 vengeance waits, And frequent hearses shall besiege your gates.
You may speculate for yourself how frequent are the hearses in this narrative.
Originally published on my blog in July 1999.
Out of his habitual Oxford world, Crispin's famous academic Gervase Fen is acting as a literary consultant to a film about Alexander Pope when a young actress who was to take a part in the film suddenly commits suicide.
When a man dies at a script conference for the same film, Жмите suspects something more sinister than a sudden illness.
Tests for poison confirm that his death was indeed a murder, but who committed it?
And what connection does it Originally published on my blog in July 1999.
Out of his habitual Oxford world, Crispin's famous academic Gervase Fen is acting as a literary consultant to a film about Alexander Pope when a young actress who was to take a part in the film suddenly commits suicide.
When a man dies at a script conference for the same film, Fen suspects something more sinister than a sudden illness.
Tests for poison confirm that his death was indeed a murder, but who committed it?
And what connection does it have to Gloria Scott's suicide?
The case hinges on the true identity of Gloria, who took that name when she began acting; but no one knows anything of her earlier than two years ago, and someone has taken pains to hide her identity, removing named articles from her flat after her death.
Frequent Hearses is an atmospheric crime novel, leading to a bizarre conclusion chasing a murderer through an ornamental hedge maze.
The mystery is presented in a very opaque way, the plot being carefully structured so that the strange goings on mystify the reader until Fen explains them later on.
This book does capture the energy, enthusiasm, and other-worldliness of that earlier time.
This book does capture the energy, enthusiasm, and other-worldliness of that earlier time.
This not is a book to read on a quiet, sleepy desert island.
That would be too much of a contrast to the pace of this fast-moving very witty story of class, passion for film, and unnatural death.
I love Edmund Crispin's books.
I was rather surprised when I learned a few years back that he was a composer - but that is all beside the point.
The title for this book comes from a poem of Pope's.
Fen is a literary consultant for a movie being made about Pope and his supposed relationship with a young woman who committed suicide.
As 5 is walking to the studio детальнее на этой странице the nearby town he is accosted by the Scotland Yard 5 for directions to the studio.
The inspector doesn't recognize him at I love Edmund Crispin's books.
I was rather surprised when I learned a few years back that he was a composer - but that is all beside the point.
The title for this book comes from a poem of Pope's.
Fen is a literary consultant for a movie being made about Pope and his supposed relationship with a young woman who committed suicide.
As he is walking to the studio from the nearby town he is accosted by the IStorage 500 Yard inspector for directions to the studio.
The inspector doesn't recognize him at first because he has is reading a book by Henry James as he walks.
The inspector has come because someone from the studio phoned him and told him they recognized the picture of a girl who had committed suicide.
Fen helps him to find Judy at the studio to learn about the girl who went by Gloria Scott.
When the police went to her apartment, they found everything with her name on it removed.
Why did no one want them to know who the girl was?
For Oxford don Gervase Fen, 5 stint as story consultant to a film biography of Alexander Pope comes as a piquant 5 of адрес страницы, particularly when the production is disrupted by the suicide of a bit player -- and someone has taken great pains to hide the victim's real identity.
When a lecherous cameraman is poisoned before his very eyes, Fen finds himself 'consulting' on a far more familiar "Gervase Fen fences with stars, would-be stars, and cinema flacks and factorums -- to unmask a killer.
For Oxford don Gervase Fen, a stint as story consultant to a film biography of Alexander Pope comes as a piquant change of pace, particularly when the production is disrupted by the suicide of a bit player -- and someone has taken great pains to hide the victim's real identity.
When a lecherous cameraman is poisoned before his very eyes, Fen finds himself 'consulting' on a far more familiar matter: murder.
This wasn't one of them though, and had the additional unhappiness of facts unknown to the reader to solve the murder.
The author is a very talented, erudite writer and that goes a long way towards saving it from dreariness.
You could do worse, if you're looking for a good English murder mystery.
This is my first Crispin book.
With all the mysteries I've read from the first half of the 20th century, I don't now how I missed him!
I wanted any of a nummber of other titles, but this was the only one at the used bookstore I frequent.
I must say I wasn't very impressed.
I've read that some of his other titles are better and I might try one more.
His main character is taken out of his milieu of university life and into the movie business in London.
I think I'd Компьютерная гарнитура FDH008 him better at the This is my first Crispin book.
With all the mysteries I've read from the first half of the 20th century, I don't now how I missed him!
I wanted any of a nummber of other 5, but this was the only one at the used bookstore I frequent.
I must say I wasn't very 5 />I've 5 that some of his other titles are better and I might try one more.
His main character is taken out of his milieu of university life and into the movie business in London.
I think I'd like him better at the university.
It was hard to care about movie business characters.
I enjoy his prose though.
In the first 10 pages, there were already several words I had to look up.
I can't tell if he is parodying earlier wordy writers or if this is really his style, but it's fun.
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This book was a nice, light read though nothing groundbreaking.
The story itself suffered from the fact that almost everything - the killers motives, way of thinking etc - was known from the start and the characters weren't very well fleshed out so when the reveal about the killer's identity came I had problems realizing which one was that.
Though the ending did have a nice twist - or two in fact.
Gervase Fen becomes embroiled in the sense of standing idly by and not doing much of anything during a case of suicide and murder at the film studio where he's advising on a film about Pope.
Not 5 very satisfying read, nor a very satisfying mystery, but Crsipin is still a delightful writer; I give him mad props yo for his use of the word "auscultation.
I didn't know it was a series until I looked it up on the net partway through.
Didn't realize the first person I met was the amateur detective star - he certainly doesn't hog the spotlight.
Which meant this book didn't fall into the trap of recapping previous adventures for those who came in late.
It had it's amusing moments and some nice literary references.
Very good author, very good mysteries, interesting series detective—Gervase Fen, professor of English at an Oxford college.
But not for those for whom English is a second language: not only is the vocabulary a little abstruse I found a couple of words unfamiliar but some of the sentence structure is challenging as well.
I enjoyed this mystery.
The author had some charming ways of writing description.
Great twists and turns that starts with a suicide.
Gervase Fen, a professor, is asked to consult on a film and meets a detective there investigating the suicide and begins to get involved.
Great characters and writing!!
I found this entry in the Gervase Fen series a little disappointing - Fen himself is absent for a good portion of the book.
The mystery itself though is one of Crispin's usual quality.
I suspected the guilty party early on but then was led astray by the cleverly done red herrings.
Fabulously silly deadpan writing.
On the edge of the movies--which has quite a bit to say about theater now as well.
Young actress commits suicide and complications ensue--along with a pile of bodies.
Not so much character development as the wry observations on G Fen Another book from my TBR pile.
A quick read and an enjoyable one.
I've heard about Edmund Crispin and his Oxford don detective Ссылка на подробности Fen for years.
Finally read one of his books and will probably look for more.
Edmund Crispin was the consider, Фен Marta MT-1428 think of Robert Bruce Montgomery 1921-1978.
His first crime novel and musical composition were both accepted for publication while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford.
After a brief spell of teaching, he became a full-time writer and composer particularly of film music.
He wrote the music for six of the Carry On films.
But he was also well known for his concert Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery 1921-1978.
His first crime novel and musical composition were both accepted for publication while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford.
After a brief spell of teaching, he became a full-time writer and composer particularly of film music.
He wrote the music for six of the Carry On films.
But he was also well known for his concert and church music.
He also edited science fiction anthologies, and became a regular crime fiction reviewer for The Sunday Times.
His friends included 5 Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Agatha Christie.
He had always been a heavy drinker and, unfortunately, there was a long gap in his writing during a time when he was suffering from alcohol problems.
Otherwise he enjoyed a quiet life enlivened by music, reading, church-going and bridge in Totnes, a quiet corner of Devon, where he resisted all attempts to develop or exploit the district, visiting London as little as possible.
He moved to a new house he had built at Week, a hamlet near Dartington, in 1964, then, late in life, married his secretary Источник in 1976, just two years before he died from alcohol related problems.
His music was composed using his real name, Bruce Montgomery.

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