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A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYAs inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse – discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he'A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYAs inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse – discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he's come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer's identity is swiftly dispatched.As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs.Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful – Before Morse, Oxford’s murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction....

Title : Buried For Pleasure
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Buried For Pleasure Reviews

  • Oscar
    2019-02-21 05:58

    En el tranquilo pueblo inglés de Sanford Angelorum, el profesor y detective aficionado Gervase Fen se está tomando un descanso, además de presentarse como candidato al Parlamento. Fen pronto descubre que las apariencias pueden ser engañosas, y es que en el pueblo se ha descubierto un oscuro secreto que está siendo usado como chantaje. Cualquier persona que se acerque a descubrir la identidad del chantajista es asesinada.‘Enterrado por placer’ (Buried for Pleasure, 1949), del escritor británico Edmund Crispin (seudónimo de Bruce Montgomery), nos vuelve a traer un nuevo caso, con ciertas dosis de humor, del excéntrico Gervase Fen, construido maravillosamente en su primera mitad. Esta vez, el misterio no tiene la importancia de otras de sus novelas, y se centra más en la campaña de Fen y en presentar a los excéntricos personajes.

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    2019-03-14 04:40

    This was my first Gervase Fen mystery, and I loved it. Imagine a cross between a Dorothy L Sayers who is ever so slightly less obsessed with the mechanics of mystery (my only quibble with the Wimsey tales is that they sometimes dilate drearily on the reasoning behind the solution, when a shorter explanation would have sufficed) and PG Wodehouse, and you more or less have the measure of Edmund Crispin. In this story, Professor Fen decides to take a break from his arduous scholarly activities in Oxford by running for parliament in the little town of Sanford Angelorum. What follows is a roller-coaster of murder, mystery and hilarity as Crispin introduces us to a Bedlam's worth of looney small time characters, from the local priest who is trying to keep his domesticated poltergeist a secret to a non-doing pig who very sadly meets his demise after playing a small part in putting paid to the villain of the piece. This is just a brilliant comedic novel apart from being a clever mystery and the occasional florid passage where Fen takes in his surroundings with the allusive eye of a classicist only add another layer of icing to the cake. I look forward to reading more of these, but hope that characters of the porcine persuasion are dealt with less cavalierly in other installments.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-10 00:50

    Another enjoyable entry in the Gervase Fen series. Fen is running for Parliament in a remote country seat and his antics and musings about politics form the highlights of this novel. There is a major clue to the identity of the guilty party fairly early but despite recognizing this, I was unable to put the pieces together. Overall, I think that some of the earlier books in this series were superior to this one but it is still worth reading.

  • Libros Prestados
    2019-03-17 04:57

    Una novela entretenida, divertida y fácil de leer, pero probablemente la que menos me ha gustado del autor.Tiene todo los ingredientes para gustar: el excéntrico profesor y detective aficionado Gervaise Fen que de repente se presenta como candidato al Parlamento de un pueblo de la campiña inglesa, un pueblo lleno de habitantes más excéntricos que el propio Fen y una trama de chantaje y asesinato.Y sin embargo todos esos aspectos no acaban de cuajar bien. Es como si el pueblo y el asesinato no se mezclaran en ningún momento y se quitaran tiempo el uno al otro. Los que deseen más comedia con las locuras de cada pueblerino se frustrarán por la trama de asesinato, y los que se interesen por el crimen verán como una pérdida de tiempo cada anécdota del pueblo.Y además Fen parece menos Fen que nunca. Es menos excéntrico, más serio, incluso más cínico, es casi como si fuera una persona normal.Eso no significa que el misterio no esté bien hilado (lo está) o que el libro no sea divertido (he soltado carcajadas alguna que otra vez), pero lo encuentro más flojo que otros títulos escritos por Edmund Crispin. Aún así, una novela un poco más floja de Crispin es mejor que muchas novelas del género, así que aún así es bueno leerla.

  • S Dizzy
    2019-03-19 02:42

    Gervase Fen is staying at an inn in a small hamlet of Sanford Angelorum. He has gotten a wild hair to stand for Parliament as the local independent candidate, and is there to 'press the flesh.' Of course, the hijinks ensue (there is even an escaped lunatic!) as he plays sleuth while campaigning.Here's why I love Crispin's writing - "Morning to you, sir," said the man. Hope we didn't get you up too early." "Not a bit," Fen replied without cordiality. "I feel better already-" the man spoke, however, more with determination than with conviction-"for getting up at six every morning...It's one of the highroads to health, as I've always said." He fell into a violent fit of coughing; his face became red, and then blue. Fen banged him...between the shoulder blades.Another funny scene "Oh, come, sir," said Wolfe reproachfully. "It's a bit odd, I grant you, but I don't see how it can possibly link up with any of the other things." "Nor, at the moment, do I," Fen admitted. "And quite possibly it doesn't. But I thought you might as well know." Wolfe thanked him with the civil insincerity of a small boy who has anticipated an aeroplane for Christmas and been given a copy of the Bible...Also, not to be missed in this hilarious romp is Fen's last campaign speech. It caused a stunned silence and was mic-dropping AMAZING!Well, I found something negative to say about this installment of Gervase Fen - it has a poltergeist story that I was not too keen on. Overall, though, this was another witty, fantastic tale.

  • Lynne
    2019-03-07 06:38

    I enjoy the piquant adjectives and striking nouns that E. Crispin uses in his writing. I have to admit that he finds many words with which I am not familiar. Those that I know, however, really color his writing. Gervase Fen, the Oxford don, is again working to solve a mystery. There is a touch of humor in this writing, and it is especially delightful when Fen decides that he is going to stand for parliament. Apparently politics is about the same everywhere; the electorate is pretty much just like we know of in the U. S.! While electioneering, he is busy solving two murders and an attempted murder. At the end, we get a full explanation of his methods, and it all becomes clear.

  • Tony
    2019-03-06 06:37

    BURIED FOR PLEASURE. (1949). Edmund Crispin. ****1/2.This is an excellent example of Crispin’s craft in the mystery genre. It is, so far, the best of the series of his Gervase Fen books that I’ve read. The reason for this one coming out on top is that Crispin has finally decided to set his story within the context of a limited number of characters, rather than in some massive group as his others seem to do. We meet Fen as he travels to a small village of Danford Angelorum, where he will be campaigning for election to Parliament. His thinking was that his tenure as a Professor of English and Literature at Oxford was getting stale and that he needed to explore a different career option. In his own small way, he has become a contender. His positions on a variety of issues tend to be rather simplistic, but well thought out. For example, on the topic of exports: “You find that exports mean imports and imports mean exports. If we wish to export, we must import. If we wish to import, we must export. And the same applies to every other people, of whatever race or creed. The matter is as simple as that.” Most of the other issues are handled by Fen in the same way – logic rules, but will the average voter understand? In the course of his visits to the local pub, he hears about a woman who had recently been murdered “through the mail.” She was mailed a box of chocolates, chocolates which had been laced with strychnine. Fen thinks little of that, but notes that the method was rather different. Of course, other bodies begin to fall, as when two local instructors are killed with the same gun. Did they kill each other? On and on. As is usual with one of Crispin’s books, the passage through is spiked with literary allusions and references – many of which, unfortunately, went over my head – even with the help of Google. In any event, you will be entranced by Fen’s thought processes, as you will also be by his participation in the great government system of elections in England. Have fun with this novel.

  • Whistlers Mom
    2019-02-24 06:57

    This author devoted most of his life to his career as a composer, but between 1944 and 1953 he wrote nine mysteries and a number of short stories featuring eccentric Oxford professor Gervase Fen. His books and stories were popular when they were published and lovers of classic British mysteries (and whimsical humor) continue to discover and fall in love with them.This one has Fen going to an English backwater village to run for Parliament. The reasons for his doing so are never clearly articulated. It's just one of Fen's many bizarre notions that lead him into the barmy situations that make his adventures so compelling to the reader.The main thing is that there's a mystery and in short order politics takes a back seat to investigation. I was surprised to find that this (the sixth in the series) introduces Inspector Humbleby of Scotland Yard. I've always thought of him as a fixture in the Fen books, like Sherlock Holmes's Dr Watson. Humbleby is no buffoon, but a deceptively effective copper and almost as unique as the Professor himself. The two men are perfect foils as they work together amicably and entertainingly.In the end, the mystery is less important than the cast of off-beat, but entirely believable characters and Crispin's shrewd, acerbic, hilarious comments on English society, laws, customs, and politics. Crispin loved the English countryside, but he was also a fine observer of the absurdities of human nature. His books are treasures. If you haven't read them, you're missing something.

  • ^
    2019-03-22 01:44

    ‘ … absolute and unalloyed delight’ said the New York Times Book Review; whose sentiment I wholly agree with. Edmund Crispin uses a lovely turn of language, yet does not patronise his reader. His text is periodically sprinkled with literary allusions (most of which over my head), yet I was delighted to find the occasional wonderful-sounding word that was entirely new to me. Using the Oxford Dictionary of English 2nd ed. Revised (sitting on my Sony e-Reader), I was speedily enlightened as to the meaning of such quirky charms as: “ … after twenty minutes’ uninterrupted magniloquence” (pg.67), “Fen spoke with Rhadamanthine severity” (pg. 87),“Sister Bates, no doubt, trying to alleviate the tedium of her pernoctation by brewing tea.” (pg.105).… amongst others.As a detective novel, I found that since I had last read the book, I had forgotten who was /were the murderer/-ess. /s. I failed to work it out on this reading, though casting back, all the necessary clues were there before my eyes. Crispin writes so very entertainingly when describing the ins and outs of local elections, a poltergeist residing in a Rectory, and a barmaid’s ‘non-doing pig’ (one that eats heartily, but doesn’t put on weight); that the plot of untimely death appears almost, though not quite, second place in this book.[magniloquence (n.): high-flown or bombastic language.Rhadamanthine (adj. lit.): showing stern and inflexible judgement. pernoctation (n.): spent the night.]

  • Yngvild
    2019-03-24 03:43

    I went on a hunt for works by Edmund Crispin after coming across the better-known Moving Toyshop. Buried for Pleasure is part of the same series starring the eccentric Gervase Fen, professor of English at Oxford and amateur sleuth. The book satisfies any died-in-the-wool fan of the golden age of mysteries, but does not leap off the page except for a single speech given by Fen near the end of his disastrous attempt at becoming the local M.P. for a rural constituency.Fen, no doubt speaking for Crispin and the rest of us, gives a rousing denunciation of the entire political system (his politics are mildly conservative, but mostly undefined). The book is worth reading for that speech alone in chapter 19.It is often asserted that the English are unique among the nations for their good sense in political matters. In actual fact, however, the English have no more political sense than so many polar bears.Then he really says what he thinks. This is wonderful stuff, but there is not enough of it for the book to be excellent.

  • Joy
    2019-02-24 04:38

    Over and over I am thoroughly tickled by this satire of a Parliament election, and laugh my head off at the dénouement.

  • Susan
    2019-02-22 05:41

    Gervase Fen runs for Parliament until he's distracted by finding a murdered man

  • Xabier Cid
    2019-02-23 05:55

    This was the first book I read by Edmund Crispin, and I do not think this novel had grown older in a good shape. The prose is thick and ancient without being interesting, the secondary plot quite silly and unreasoned (the affection and disaffection for politics), and some comments on women a bit too rusty without being classic.However, some characters are quite comical and the geography of the novel, those small towns in the English countryside, appealing somehow. The main plot... I am not an expert in crime fiction, but although is surprising in its end, I did not feel interested through the reading. My main interest was rather how the novel would be finished in so few pages that I had still to read rather than who was the murderer (or murderers). As a piece of British culture I am happy with the reading, but I would not run to read more by Crispin in the near future.

  • Alaina Sloo
    2019-02-23 06:33

    One of my favorite Gervase Fen mysteries. Fen runs for a seat in the House of Commons. Great local dialect and Crispin's sense of humor at its best. 'We was in the gorse by fourth green.' [said Harry] ' The gorse. Surely, in the gorse, you can't have been...' [said Fen] ' We was mollocking,' said Harry with distinct satisfaction. 'She'm a rare un for mollocking, is Olive.' Olive appeared gratified by the tribute. 'Me Grammer alius says: "When oats be cutting, maids be riggish."' 'Your grandmother is clearly a depraved old woman. What time did you...' [said Fen]

  • Nimbex
    2019-03-21 01:51

    Al igual que el resto de la serie protagonizada por Gervase Fen, un placer leerlo. Esta vez el profesor se traslada a la campiña inglesa y varias situaciones me han recordado a La hija de Robert Poste de Stella Gibbons, es probable que Edmund Crispin se haya inspirado también en los libros de Thomas Hardy.

  • LeAnne
    2019-03-15 07:34

    The story turned out to be better than I thought. I'm glad I stuck with it. I actually went back to the beginning and started over, looking for clues I might have missed. I did figure out early on who the murder would be in general. Reading his stories will increase my vocabulary...lots of words I had never heard of. I'm beginning to appreciate the humor in his writing.

  • Stig
    2019-03-19 03:32

    A classic crime novel featuring Oxford don Gervase Fen, one of my favorites from the golden age of English crime fiction. And it did not detract from my enjoyment that I was able to guess - sorry, I meant deduce, of course - the identity of the murderer.

  • David Campton
    2019-03-12 05:49

    "Characterization seems to me to be a very over-rated element in fiction... It limits the form so..." Not many limits on this piece of twaddle then... Sub-Agatha Christie cartoon-like characters in an outlandish plot. Makes Midsomer Murders seem like a accurate police procedural.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-20 02:31

    A delightful murder mystery, full of wit and humour. This one made me laugh with its farcical situations and witty turn of phrase. The solution is a little far fetched, but nonetheless enjoyable.

  • Jack Chapman
    2019-03-22 01:35

    Approaching a pair of canoodling lovers "Fen bore relentlessly down on them like a dragon making for a defenceless and succulent child."A Wodehousian touch which shows Edmund Crispin's deft wielding of language, and like the master Crispin creates an idealised England which, if it never was, is England's loss, a light-hearted landscape where murder is simply a mysterious incident leading through a maze of characters of varying shades of amusing eccentricity. Crispin's real name was Bruce Montgomery (incidentally the composer of several "Carry On..." film scores as well as more serious music). His pseudonym was a homage to a character (Gervaise Crispin) in a detective story by another of his contemporaries Michael Innes, just as his fictional hero Gervais Fen paid homage to John Dickson Carr's Gideon Fell. Like J.I.M. Stewart, the man behind the Michael Innes pseudonym, Gervais Fen is an Oxford Professor of English, and though Fen is far from Fell physically his approach to sleuthing is just as effective. With connections like these how could the book not be entertaining? Written in 1948, still well worth a read.

  • Karen
    2019-03-02 03:31

    Originally published in the 1940's the Gervase Fen mysteries are one of those rights of passage for crime lovers. Or at least they were in my house as I was growing up. Vintage Books have done us all an enormous favour in turning their attention back to some of the classic books - and this set from Edmund Crispin is a real job to behold. Now I have read a lot of these books before, but the chance to reread them, without having to rely on falling on fragile old copies in second-hand bookshops is a joy.And these are still very good crime stories. Slightly eccentric in that vaguely bats sort of what-ho English style, they are built around a good solid foundation of a problem and a solution, no matter how odd the methodology might seem these days.They are ultimately extremely enjoyable books - and Gervase Fen is a wonderfully eccentric, but extremely alert British investigating sort of chap - and I cannot recommend them highly enough - either as a reread or as a new experience if you're new to these classic English crime books.

  • Richard Thompson
    2019-02-21 06:51

    A Gervase Fen mystery. I was introduced to Crispin in P.D. James’ TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION: “Gervase Fen is a true original, a ruddy-faced man with unruly hair, much given to witticisms and, appropriately enough, quotations from the classics, who romps through his cases with infectious joie de vivre in books which are genuinely funny.” This book live up to James’ billing. Fen is staying at the Fish Inn in Sanford Anglelorum while he is campaigning in the local elections as an Independent when he realizes that one of the other guests is a police detective using an assumed identity. Fen, naturally, is drawn into his case. Colourful local characters and some outright farce (all of which put me in mind of the movie HOT FUZZ). Lots of fun. I will seek out other titles. (Some are available in paperback on edition that I read was a 1971 hardcover of the original published in 1948 by Victor Gollancz.)

  • Wyntrnoire
    2019-03-22 04:00

    Not a spoiler but a warning--Mr. Crispin has no qualms about needlessly dispatching pets/animals. Needlessly. I just finished reading BURIED FOR PLEASURE and he did it again (first time in THE MOVING TOY SHOP). Even his biographer, David Whittle is baffled. Cats are safe--thank goodness--but not dogs or even endearing pigs. I am an animal lover--so it soured the read for me both times. This revelation will not spoil the mystery of either book because the deadly"deeds" have nothing to do with the plots. I love Gervase Fen-but not so his author. I would have given the book 5 stars just cos it was so much fun but the fun stopped when a certain character died--needlessly. I am putting this in "spoilers" just in case it should be there.

  • Ian
    2019-02-28 06:48

    "The English have no more idea of politics than so many Polar Bears", so declares Gervase Fen, undermining his whim to enter the Houses of Parliament on behalf of sleepy Sanford Angelorum. How that resonates in 2016, the year of the unpredictable election! Fen's political campaign is sidetracked by blackmail, murder, beautiful women, an escaped lunatic who imagines himself to be Woodrow Wilson and a pig that won't thrive. If you can but up with Crispin's (Fen's) annoying cleverness, this is a great fun read.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-20 04:33

    Another great Fen book. This one not so much for the mystery (eh... not that great) but for the setting and characters. Small town England (Sanford on Morvel?) with the homey inn, the escaped lunatic, daffy (haunted) clergyman and a local rich socialist who wants to do away with fancy formality. Fen runs for (and wins) a seat to parliament allowing for political jibes and odd speeches. Pleasant Jane Persimmons is the target of a murder attempt (fortunately saved and reunited with her long lost family).

  • John
    2019-02-24 01:48

    Gervase Fen is my favorite fictional detective. Sadly, Edmund Crispin's books seem to keep getting harder to find. In this installment, Fen, an Oxford don who solves murders in his spare time, is running for Parliament in a woebegone district. Naturally, murders start occurring in the area where he is campaigning, and they capture his attention. My favorite character in "Buried for Pleasure" is "the non-doing pig." It doesn't say anything, but it says it so well.The story of the campaign opens the way for some nice satire but gets to be a somewhat tedious distraction.

  • Jenny Schwartz
    2019-03-16 01:33

    Only Professor Gervase Fen could consider running for Parliament as a remedy for the "queer psychological effects" of scholarly endeavour. Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin is a classic mystery from the post-war period. All the characters are over-drawn, but in a charming manner that brings them vividly alive. The mystery and supporting sub-mystery play fair with the clue-hunting reader. I like Crispin's style, and he was in top form with Buried for Pleasure.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-21 06:39

    I always enjoy the antics of Gervase Fen and this story has plenty of antics, any more would be too many. Fen Is staying at an inn named Fish which has no fishing or peace and quiet or even much else to recommend it. He has decided to run for parliament but in the end finds solving murders more to his liking. I enjoyed the complete reading experience because this book is a lovely quality trade paperback with high grade paper. A keeper.

  • Craig
    2019-03-21 06:59

    This is the first I've read in the Fen series. I'll read a couple more, but this one doesn't approach Sayers or Allingham 30s/40s British mysteries. Could be the earlier titles give a better into into the protagonist - I didn't feel he was developed sufficiently in this one. Also think he misses having the companion present in the other two series mentioned. But a very decent read, and, as I say, certainly worth more exploration.

  • Sandi
    2019-03-04 01:51

    Oxford Don Gervase Fen, bored with academia, decides to run for Parliament but his attention is captured by various murders that have occurred in the seemingly quiet set of villages where he is canvassing for votes. I enjoyed this book mostly for the atmosphere and characters since the plotting was not nearly as good as in previous entries.