By Edmund Crispin
Publish yr note: First released 1944
It is October 1940 and at Oxford the whole time period has simply all started. Robert Warner, up and coming playwright recognized for his experimental method, has selected an Oxford repertory theater for the best of his most up-to-date play, Metromania. with his solid he involves Oxford to rehearse per week prior to the hole, yet Warner's troupe is a motley crew of actors between whom is the attractive yet promiscuously harmful Yseut Haskell . She reasons rather a stir along with her plots, intrigues and love triangles. while she is located shot useless within the university room of a tender guy who's infatuated along with her, everyone seems to be wondered and frightened –most of the actors have had a cause to put off the femme fatale and few have alibis.
The police are at loss for solutions and are able to proclaim the incident as suicide, yet Gervase Fen, an Oxford don and professor of literature, who prospers off fixing mysteries, is able to support. The Case of the Gilded Fly, first released in 1944, is Edmund Crispin's debut novel and likewise the 1st Gervase Fen secret.
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