I think Edmund Crispin’s other biography (to be found on slightly older Penguin editions of his frankly rather slapdash detective stories) may be even better:
Are modern book blurbs too dull? I think so, judging by these two gems. Thanks to for the one from Edmund Crispin and his fascinating list of recreations.
Montgomery wrote nine detective novels and two collections of short stories under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin (taken from a character in 's ). The stories feature , who is a Professor of English at the university and a fellow of , a fictional institution that Crispin locates next to . Fen is an eccentric, sometimes absent-minded, character reportedly based on the Oxford professor W. E. Moore. The novels have complex plots and fantastic, somewhat unbelievable solutions, including examples of the . They are written in a humorous, literary and sometimes farcical style and contain frequent references to English literature, poetry, and music. They are also among the few to break the occasionally and speak directly to the audience. Perhaps the best example is from , during a chase sequence – "Let's go left", Cadogan suggested. "After all, is publishing this book."
I’ve only read Love Lies Bleeding, and I enjoyed that. I would quite happily read more if I could find them in Penguin editions. The June 2011 edition of The Penguin Collector contains an essay on Edmund Crispin by John Bowen, and Buried for Pleasure is singled out for criticism as a story that didn’t work, with completely unbelievable rustic characters. The suggestion is that he was good when writing about things with which he was familiar (Oxford, public schools, composers), but not when he ventured wider, as with politics.
Pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery. He was born in Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School and read Modern Languages at St. John's College, Oxford, where for two years he was organist and choirmaster. He is the creator of Gervase Fen, amateur detective and Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University. His pseudonym and the Christian name of his hero were derived from Gervase Crispin, a character from a book by another crime author, Michael Innes. Visit also this site.