The Detective Fiction of Edmund Crispin

“With Love Lies Bleeding Edmund Crispin establishes himself as our leading exponent of “Third Programme” detection: he is not ashamed to address his readers on the assumption that they are his equals in education and intelligence.”

– Ralph Partridge, New Statesman, 12th June 1948

“One of the last new exponents of the classical English detective story…elegant, literate and funny.”

The Times

Edmund Crispin (pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery) was one of the last writers of detective stories in the classic mould, before the detective story became the psychological trash thriller. However, there is no morbid psychology in Crispin's books. There is only a brilliant sense of humour—both farce and wit, a highly developed sensitivity to setting, and some highly ingenious problems. The net result of these attributes: some of the most delightful mysteries ever written.


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