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The Moving Toyshop (Classic Crime) (original 1946; edition 1989)

by Edmund Crispin

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Title:The Moving Toyshop (Classic Crime)
Authors:Edmund Crispin
Info:Penguin Books (1989), Paperback, 208 pages
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I'd like to read this again. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Thank goodness the modern British mystery novel has progressed from this early example! Beside a few bon mots ("Being middle-aged means that you know what matters to you," and, as a comment on--of course--an ugly building, "Horrid erection") the writing is rather tedious. The plot is confusing, with multiple characters flitting in and out, and the solution to the mystery is implausible. Recommended mainly as a period piece to note how far the genre has come. ( )
  librarianarpita | Nov 8, 2016 |
A amusing, fun mystery that won't take to much time to read. Gervase Fen delights as an eccentric sleuth called upon a seemingly impossible crime. ( )
  charlie68 | Jun 22, 2015 |
"With varying vanities, from every part, they shift the moving toyshop of their heart..."

To sum up a book in a sentence is great art, but Crispin does.

Crispin´s book however, is anything but a moving toyshop of his hearth, to understand the opportunist heart and even more, to show the effect of the shifty personality you need structure. Structure that gives the same pleasure to reading as symmetry to beauty, that is, if it is not interfering, making itself known on behalf of the story. It does not.

The book is enjoyable, a mystery story evolving bordering on a farce, a form that makes the numerous literary allusions unpretentious. Using the mix farce/funny/crime/mystery addressing a very serious theme (which goes almost unnoticed....) tugs in the end (surprisingly!) at the same strings Poe does. ( )
  Mikalina | Dec 17, 2014 |
If there is a word in the English language that means "the use of pompous or arcane words to comic effect", then Edmund Crispin would know it. This charming mystery that romps around the centre of Oxford (and several of its pubs) has added magniloquent, cachinnation and suilline to my vocabulary: there are plenty more but I was already familiar with them. I was so pleased when it took me through the alley past the Lamb and Flag and into Museum Road as I lived there for a while and walked countless times through that same alley. Well-written, quirky characters both gown and town, plenty of red herrings, a pleasure to read. ( )
  overthemoon | Nov 4, 2014 |
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Not all the gay pageants that breathe
Can with a dead body compare.
Charles Wesley, On the Sight of a Corpse
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Philip Larkin
in friendship and esteem
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Richard Cadogan raised his revolver, took careful aim and pulled the trigger.
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It is late at night when poet Cadogan stumbles on the dead body of an old lady in an Oxford toyshop. The following morning, the toyshop has vanished and in its place is a grocery store. Nobody, not even the police, seem surprised.

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'The Moving Toyshop' is a quirky and appealing locked room mystery for all fans of classic crime. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1946.

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