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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund Crispin Narrator: Stephen Thorne Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Holy Disorders takes Oxford don and part-time detective Gervase Fen to the town of Tolnbridge, where he is happily bounding around with a butterfly net until the cathedral organist is murdered, giving Fen the chance to play sleuth.

The man didn't have an enemy in the world, and even his music was inoffensive: could he have fallen afoul of a nest of German spies or of the local coven of witches, ominously rumoured to have been practising since the 17th century? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/12/2014

    " Good but not great. Lots and lots of humor, most of it literary, including a hilarious scene involving a raven. The mystery part is just okay, the main tec, Gervaise Fen, a precious little pain in the neck. The narrator is a great character, though; well-developed and not the ordinary doltish sidekick proving the great man's perspicuity. Worth a read if you like Golden Age mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/2/2014

    " Gervase Fen is one of those literary characters that I think one either likes to meet again can hardly stomach. Personally, I like the character and the mysteries he gets involved with - at least so far, with this being only the third Edmund Crispin story I've read so far. Fen is certainly perceptive, but he's a quirky fellow, full of self esteem in many ways like Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. I thought in this story the enemy spy aspect was a bit of a stretch, but nevertheless, it was all a good tale full of well-portrayed characters and I'll be looking to get more Fen novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/31/2014

    " A hoot, this. Supposedly not the best of the series, but good fun nevertheless. Think this may be the first detective story I've read that sent me to the dictionary, not once but several times. The spoof on The Raven cracked up me and had me dig out Poe to read that. Will look for more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 1/19/2014

    " I am loving Gervase Fen (I think maybe my favorite detective behind Poirot--sorry, Lord Peter) and the sudden moments of hilarity that Crispin throws into an otherwise tense and puzzling whodunit. Extremely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/18/2014

    " So glad I gave this series another chance! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chavonne | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the first book in the Gervase Fen series, but this was horrible. Perhaps I disliked it most because he was so prominent in the novel this time I was incredibly annoyed as he spontaneously spouted Latin during conversation and mistreated every one in sight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kestrell | 5/23/2013

    " Probably my favorite book of this series so far (I'm reading them very much out of order), but it is a little disturbing how intensely dislikeable this author makes his female characters, and the general sense the author conveys that intelligent men are better off without women at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 3/28/2013

    " It should be noted that the original copyright date on this book is 1945 - the setting is England during the war; the language is exquisite, a languid, rich read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheYetiWakes | 9/29/2012

    " All the usual traits are here in spades - great plot, surreal frivolity, perfect comedy and a regular breaking of the fourth wall. Adding in witchcraft, Nazi's and dollop of entomology can only help it along all the more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jz | 3/22/2012

    " Laughed until I cried on this one, and loved the mystery, too. I read this years and years ago, and looked for it ever since. I'm looking forward to a good reread soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 1/18/2012

    " not such good fun as "the moving toyshop." moved a bit slowly, but i do like fen and a large portion of it took place on a train, which i'm keen on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/26/2011

    " spies,witchcraft and murder.a must read from a reliable author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/16/2011

    " This is an entertaining read involving spies as well as two murders. Fen is aided (?) by a church organist and a earl who wants to work for the Secret Service. I found the story line rather far-fetched but amusing nonetheless and Crispin's use of the English language is beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 6/12/2011

    " This is my favorite of the Crispin novels. He is an outstanding writer and deserves to be better known than he is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/11/2011

    " Can't say I liked this one. It lacked a lot of the humour which is a Crispin trademark and I found the motivations of the murder implausible. Still, it had its moments. Even ordinary Crispin is a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey Combe | 5/31/2011

    " I love the brilliant and satirical descriptions of the people, places and time. But the story was overly complicated and I spent longer trying to work out all the literary quotes than who 'did it'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chavonne | 5/4/2011

    " I enjoyed the first book in the Gervase Fen series, but this was horrible. Perhaps I disliked it most because he was so prominent in the novel this time I was incredibly annoyed as he spontaneously spouted Latin during conversation and mistreated every one in sight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheYetiWakes | 2/1/2011

    " All the usual traits are here in spades - great plot, surreal frivolity, perfect comedy and a regular breaking of the fourth wall. Adding in witchcraft, Nazi's and dollop of entomology can only help it along all the more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/1/2010

    " spies,witchcraft and murder.a must read from a reliable author.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/9/2009

    " It should be noted that the original copyright date on this book is 1945 - the setting is England during the war; the language is exquisite, a languid, rich read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivienne | 6/22/2009

    "
    What a delightfully wicked whodunit!

    Plenty of twists and turns in this 'locked room' mystery and written with tongue firmly-in-cheek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jz | 3/27/2009

    " Laughed until I cried on this one, and loved the mystery, too. I read this years and years ago, and looked for it ever since. I'm looking forward to a good reread soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/24/2007

    " not such good fun as "the moving toyshop." moved a bit slowly, but i do like fen and a large portion of it took place on a train, which i'm keen on. "

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