An ARC honest review for Bloomsbury USA books via NetGalley.

What do you do when you are a poet and crave adventure?   You go to Oxford, as Richard Cadogan does.

After getting stranded at a railway station just outside Oxford very late in the evening. Cadogan decides to make his way into Oxford on foot.  Getting a lift from a lorry driver to the edge of Oxford, Cadogan stumbles on a open door at a Toyshop and a dead body inside.

After being knocked out and locked in a cupboard, Cadogan escapes to inform the police of the crime…only no toyshop and no dead body!

Accused of theft, and chased through the streets of Oxford.  Cadogan finds shelter in his old college grounds and his old class mate Gervase Fen’s study.

Gervase likes nothing better than a good mystery.  So the chase for a murderer is on!

The Moving Toyshop is the classic murder mystery from the pen of Edmund Crispin, and a must read for anyone who likes the older murder/mysteries.

4 Stars****


Richard Cadogan’s Oxford holiday turns into a mystery solving adventure full of dangerous twists and unexpected turns.

After an eventful train journey, Cadogan arrives in Oxford late at night only to realise that he has forgotten the exact address of his stay. Relying on a distant memory of the place he boarded in years ago he accidentally enters a toyshop where, to his surprise and fright, he finds the dead body of a woman. Knocked out and locked in the store room, Cadogan emerges to find that the body is gone and the toyshop has turned inexplicably into a grocery shop. Luckily for the puzzled poet his old university friend Gervase Fen is there, ready to plunge into the midst of this mystery.

The Moving Toyshop is Edmund Crispin’s most famous novel featuring eccentric amateur detective, Gervase Fen.


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