• Love Lies Bleeding (A Gervase Fen Mystery)

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P. G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.

Castrevenford school is preparing for Speech Day, and English professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen is called upon to present the prizes. However, the night before the big day, strange events take place that leave two members of staff dead. The headmaster turns to Professor Fen to investigate the murders.

While disentangling the facts of the case, Mr Fen is forced to deal with student love affairs, a kidnapping and a lost Shakespearean manuscript.

By turns hilarious and chilling, Love Lies Bleeding is a classic of the detective genre.

©2007 Edmund Crispin (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A distinguished piece of detective fiction, constructed with real intelligence." ( Daily Mail)
"A master of the whodunit…he combines a flawless plot, witty dialogue, and a touch of hilarity." ( New York Times)
"Master of fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek mystery novels, a blend of John Dickson Carr, Michael Innes, M.R. James, and the Marx Brothers." (Anthony Boucher)
"Never has Mr Crispin been in such good form." ( Observer)
"All his work had a high-spiritedness rare and welcome in the crime story." (Julian Symons)

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Lots of fun

Good intelligent, amusing, skilled plotting and writing. Crispin was a craftsman and had a fine sense of humor. I like Christie but I’d rather read Crispin because he never seemed to lose patience with his own creations. This is a fun story that he seriously - I mean really - insisted on playing absolutely fair on with the reader. I was so engaged by the characters and their Interplays that I missed lots of clues and subtleties that Crispin spends a whole chapter describing and clarifying once the denouement is done. It was like the author saying “you haven’t really been paying attention but I am still going to give you your money’s worth. Now listen up.” Highly recommended.

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  • twigs way
  • 08-18-18

Excellent and entertaining

If only Edmund Crispin had written more Gervase Fenn novels! His authorial knowldged of so many cultural spheres of life allows his characters to come to life and hold interest, as well as bring wit and interest to above average plots.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 09-07-15

love lies bleeding

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fervase friend asks him to give a speech and prizes out at the schools open day. the day before the open day a master at the school is found murdered. gervase to the rescue again to help the local police to solve this and two other murders.
another good story from Edmund crispin the only fault I found was the explanation of how the crimes were committed was a bit too long.

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  • soosiewoosie
  • 05-08-19

Disappointing

Having listened to several Gervase Fen stories, which all had several laugh out loud moments, various weird and wonderful characters, and good plots, this one came as a big disappointment. Virtually no humour, and a very boring, silly plot. I kept finding that I’d stopped listening, because it was so boring.