Swan Song

Swan Song

by Edmund Crispin

Gervase Fen, eccentric professor of English Literature with a passion for amateur detecting, is on the case.

  • Series: Gervase Fen
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 3.95
  • Pages: 215
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2006 by Felony & Mayhem
  • Isbn10: 1933397543
  • Isbn13: 9781933397542

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And Edmund Crispin's delightful series starring Gervase Fen--the Oxford don and quirky amateur detective--is a marvelous example of academic mysteries done right. Impossible, that is, if it's murder and not suicide. Swan Song gives us murder at the opera. An Oxford opera house is putting on a production of Die Meistersinger and while the star of the show, Edwin Shorthouse, may sing like an angel most everyone who knew him thought his origins were from a much warmer climate. A second member of the cast will die and a third will be attacked before Fen will reveal how a man can be murdered by hanging with no one else in the room--and how revenge can extend beyond the grave.

Después del placer que supuso leer La juguetería errante, vuelvo con otra novela del británico Edmund Crispin, protagonizada por el excéntrico profesor de Oxford y detective aficionado Gervase Fen. Las novelas de Crispin están llenas de ironía y humor, y en ellas asistimos a las deducciones de tal peculiar personaje.

1946, Il negozio fantasma (The Moving Toyshop), stampato nella collana Classici del Giallo con il numero 649; una seconda edizione è uscita nel 2005, sempre nella collana Classici del Giallo con il numero 1082. 1947, Il canto del cigno (Swan Song), stampato nel 2004 nella collana Classici del Giallo con il numero 1016. 1948, Ritornello di morte (Buried For Pleasure), stampato nel 2005 nella collana Classici del Giallo con il numero 1048; stampato anche come Sepolto vivo dalla Martello nella collana Gialli del Veliero con il numero 18. 1950, Morte sul set (Frequent Hearses), nella collana Classici del Giallo con il numero 995; stampato anche dalla Casini Editore nella collana I Gialli del Secolo come Cercasi ragazza occhi azzurri. 1979, Fen Country (racconti) Il romanzo più noto e caratteristico di Crispin è senzaltro Il negozio fantasma che P. Altro fattore da rimarcare è il metodo dindagine logica del professore esemplificato in queste battute tratte sempre da Il negozio fantasma: "Mio caro Richard, Havering se ne sarebbe ben accorto se la vittima fosse stata uccisa solo qualche istante prima, e questo avrebbe chiaramente indicato Mallory come lassassino; e inoltre non cè ragione al mondo per cui Havering volesse proteggerlo una volta che tutta la faccenda fosse venuta alla luce.

Swan Song by Edmund Crispin is the fourth Gervase Fen mystery I've read. It may be that I'm getting used to Crispin's style of story - telling but for whatever reason, this was the Fen mystery I've enjoyed the most. Edwin Shorthouse, the lead singer and a feared member of the group, has made passes at Elizabeth and hates Adam because of the marriage.

This particular edition, however, from Felony and Mayhem Press, is so full of misprints that it borders on the unreadable.

Although I love the eccentric Gervase Fen, I think in this story, one of my favorite characters who doesn't even figure prominently in the story, is John Barfield, who seemed never not to be eating. To realize that anyone is not a very good driver takes a little time; the mind is not eager, in the face of a long journey, to embrace this particular verity; and it was not until Fen emerged into the High Street, with the velocity of a benighted traveller pursued by spectres, that Adam became really alarmed...the car rushed on towards Headington. Adam said as much to Fen. "I know," said Fen.

Thank you!*

Han pasado unos añitos después de la juguetería errante, y si dije que en la anterior novela el coprotagonista era la literatura, en este, casi estoy por decir, que es la II guerra mundial, encontraremos varias referencias a ella a lo largo de la novela: Que en un mundo en el que los físicos atómicos pasean libremente por la calle, profiriendo sus habituales lamentos sobre el uso indeseable que los políticos hacen de la ciencia, un asesino no pueda encontrar una víctima más apropiada que un desgraciado cantante de ópera... Han pasado unos añitos después de la juguetería errante, y si dije que en la anterior novela el coprotagonista era la literatura, en este, casi estoy por decir, que es la II guerra mundial, encontraremos varias referencias a ella a lo largo de la novela: Que en un mundo en el que los físicos atómicos pasean libremente por la calle, profiriendo sus habituales lamentos sobre el uso indeseable que los políticos hacen de la ciencia, un asesino no pueda encontrar una víctima más apropiada que un desgraciado cantante de ópera... Volverán a hacer cameos algunos de los protagonistas de la entrega anterior y volveremos a ver a los personajes más excéntricos y caricaturizados que se puedan encontrar en las páginas de un libro.

His music was composed using his real name, Bruce Montgomery. N.B. A biography by David Whittle, Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books (ISBN 10: 0754634434) was published in June 2007.