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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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The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin (1946)

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This started off really good, with lots of humour, an interesting premise and fun characters but it went downhill pretty quickly and never picked up afterwards. The plot became so convoluted after a while and there's only so much chasing potential suspects a reader can take. This will be my last Crispin, I feel like I know his style now and there just isn't enough to keep my interest over several books. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
One of my favourite detective stories of all time. Crispin's madcap, yet deadly serious, plotting all rolled into one glorious volume. Probably time for me to read this one again. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | Aug 1, 2013 |
Excellent impossible crime murder including the irrepressible Gervace Fen and an amusing cast. ( )
  JeffreyMarks | Jul 11, 2013 |
Richard Cadogan stumbles across the body of a garotted old lady in a toyshop late one night after he is stranded on the way to Oxford. When he brings the police he finds not only has the body disappeared but so has the toyshop.

A hilarious adventure with Professor Gervase Fen as the detective. I really did LOL till it hurt in the scene where Cadogan and Fen chase after the girl with the Dalmatian, and are pursued in turn by the heavies nicknamed Scylla and Charbydis. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jul 7, 2013 |
I have read most of Mr Crispin's Gervase Fen series of detective fiction. This is the best of them. Fen is a Professor of English Language and Literature and fellow of St. Christopher's College, Oxford. He is an eccentric don who drives about Oxford in a small red sports car named Lily Christine III.

Crispin's books are great examples of classic British detective fiction written mainly in the 1940s and 50s. They have very well constructed plots and are laced with fun and many literary quotes and games.

The Moving Toyshop is about a Poet who decides on a holiday back in Oxford rather than setting off on another lecture tour. He arrives in Oxford late at night only to come across a body in a still open Toyshop. However, when he finally gets the police to the scene the toyshop is a grocers and the body has gone. The Poet, Richard Cadogan, then turns to an old undergraduate friend Professor Fen to help discover what has happened to the body. They then chase about Oxford with the help or is it hindrance of another don the aged Wilkes in a very entertaining mystery. ( )
  StiltonCheese | May 22, 2013 |
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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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