Love Lies Bleeding

Edmund Crispin
Illustrated by A. Richard Allen
Introduced by P. D. James

A witty crime caper from the author of The Moving Toyshop, with evocative illustrations by A. Richard Allen.

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.

‘A master of the whodunit … he combines a flawless plot, witty dialogue and a touch of hilarity’
  1. New York Times

Published in series with The Moving Toyshop, this edition features illustrations by A. Richard Allen. His lively images capture all the facets of Crispin’s writing, from its playful humour to its moments of thrilling drama.

Quarter-bound in blocked buckram with printed paper sides 

Set in Photina with Pink Martini display

216 pages

Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations

Printed map endpapers

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 5¾˝

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