Save 15% on the Edmund Crispin set

Edmund Crispin

Illustrated by A. Richard Allen

Save 15% when you buy both Edmund Crispin books

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Save 15% on the Edmund Crispin set

Save 15% when you buy both Edmund Crispin books

Our Edmund Crispin set includes The Moving Toyshop and Love Lies Bleeding.

The Moving Toyshop
Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery, a composer and choirmaster who also wrote the scores for numerous films. He had a genius for comedy and the surreal, which finds its finest expression in his stories featuring Gervase Fen. P. D. James named The Moving Toyshop in her top five detective novels, and in this new edition she explores just what makes it so enjoyable a book. The illustrations are by A. Richard Allen, whose style will be familiar from previous Folio editions including Brat Farrar and The Franchise Affair. Allen has also drawn a delightful map of Oxford as endpapers to this beautiful edition. For fans of Crispin this will take a treasured place on the shelves; any lovers of detective fiction who have not previously encountered the novels have a treat in store.
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Love Lies Bleeding
When the scheduled speaker is unavailable, the headmaster of Castrevenford School invites English professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen to present the prizes on Speech Day. However, when a series of strange events culminates in the murder of two members of staff, Fen finds himself picking his way through a web of lies and misdirection, with what appears to be a long-lost Shakespeare play at its heart. Featuring a cast of fantastical characters, including highly strung teachers, plucky schoolgirls and a homicidal bloodhound called Mr Merrythought, this Gervase Fen mystery is golden age crime at its wittiest.
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Production Details

Save 15% on the Edmund Crispin set book
  • The Moving Toyshop
  • Introduced by P. D. James
  • Quarter-bound in buckram with Modigliani paper sides, printed and blocked with a design by the artist
  • Set in Photina with Pink Martini display
  • 208 pages
  • Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
  • Printed map endpapers
  • 9" x 5¾"

  • Love Lies Bleeding
  • Quarter-bound in blocked buckram with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by the artist
  • Set in Photina with Pink Martini display
  • 216 pages
  • Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
  • Printed endpapers
  • 9" x 5¾"

About the Edmund Crispin

Edmund Crispin (1921–78) was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery. He wrote the first of nine detective novels, The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944), during his Easter vacation while still at university, introducing detective Gervase Fen, who appears in all his novels and many of his short stories. Montgomery was also a composer, of both concert and film music, scoring the early Carry On and Doctor in the House films and composing An Oxford Requiem (1951). In his later years he turned away from writing fiction and instead reviewed crime fiction for the Sunday Times; however, his final novel, The Glimpses of the Moon, appeared in 1976, two years before his death.

About the A. Richard Allen

A. Richard Allen studied Fine Art (Painting) at Central St Martins College in London, receiving a BA and a Masters Degree. He has worked for numerous UK and US clients in editorial, design and advertising, and has won gold medals from the Association of Illustrators in their annual juried awards. He has also won gold and silver awards from 3x3 and the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles and New York, and has been recognised by Communication Arts. For The Folio Society Allen has previously illustrated Brat Farrar (2010) and Lucky Jim (2012). He lives and works in Bournemouth.

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