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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,142 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: April 2008 ISBN:
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Arriving late at night for a holiday in Oxford, the poet Richard Cadogan stumbles across the body of a dead woman in a toyshop. When he returns with the police, the toyshop is a grocery store, and there is no sign of the corpse.

Cadogan joins forces with the eccentric Professor Gervase Fen to solve the mystery. Battling with limerick clues, an unusual will, an impossible murder, and disappearing evidence, the bookish duo rampage through the university town, determined to find answers.

Crispin's most famous novel, The Moving Toyshop is fast-paced, funny and full of entertaining literary puzzles. 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 Nancy | 2/13/2014

    " Perhaps I had my hopes too high with so many great reviews of this book. While it was certainly a serviceable mystery, I found it hard to like and care about the characters. When that is the case, I need a VERY good puzzle. I didn't get one. With so many of the people who reported facts about the murder being suspects it was hard for me to take the mystery part of it really seriously. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aditi | 1/1/2014

    " Does not really work as a murder mystery/detective fiction since the whole crime seems to be very obviously reverse engineered keeping the detective in mind. A lot of implausible jumping to conclusions without any detection or reason, wild red herrings that didn't really make sense. I liked Gervase Fen, Richard Cadogan and the descriptions of Oxford which were quite hilarious. Did not enjoy the detective element of it though, even though this book comes quite highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/31/2013

    " Crispin creates wonderful plotlines, trickier mysteries, and injects a huge sense of fun into the whole whodunnit genre. And it's impossible not to adore the way Fen continues to refer to the author who created him! Some of the Don's suggested book titles almost sounded as though they came from said-author's pen...! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 12/26/2013

    " fun read love crispins literary allusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/10/2013

    " A really good fun (and daft) crime novel, with a few surprising moments of edgines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Snow | 10/12/2013

    " Brilliant. A real romp of a read. It fairly gallops through as you race to keep up with the two main protagonists, wondered just where they will take you. A classic whodunit. Finally the author's note at the end made me laugh out loud as it encapsulates the wonderful absurdity of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/14/2013

    " Crispin's books are literate and hilarious and it's a shame he wrote so few. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Potsdam Public | 6/30/2013

    " I Liked his 'Long Divorce'. This one, not so much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Calder | 4/27/2013

    " That'll teach me to steal a book from a holiday cottage! I had planned to post it back, but the book is so bad I think I'll save any future holiday makers the trouble! God knows why I finished this, but I felt it was my duty as punishment for the theft. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Yeoman | 8/27/2012

    " Relentlessly facetious to the point of nausea. I gave up on it at around the dog-bashing episode, which is presented as wildly funny, so I never did discover how the toyshop came to move. Nor, I confess, did I greatly care. Starts well, but disintegrates into utter puerility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/24/2012

    " Edmund Crispin wrote this book in 1946. The story was engaging as well as interesting because of the difference in writing style between the 1940's and today. The mystery murder kept me guessing till the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona Honan | 7/15/2011

    " Just got started on this series - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/21/2011

    " A campy romp around Oxford with zany characters, improbable situations and lots of chuckles. Can't wait to discuss/compare this with The Water Room at Mystery Loves Company in January. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/24/2010

    " Read this for Mystery book club. So veddy British: silly plot, unsympathetic characters. Ho hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/14/2010

    " A campy romp around Oxford with zany characters, improbable situations and lots of chuckles. Can't wait to discuss/compare this with The Water Room at Mystery Loves Company in January. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 10/28/2010

    " A cute sort of mystery, Gervase Fen as the main character... sort of on the mystery set in a room with no windows and one locked door... it was neat, not my favourite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/9/2010

    " I'd like to read this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurele | 8/9/2010

    " This book was great fun and good exercise for the little grey cells. It's dripping with literary allusions. I didn't know whodunnit till the very end. Note to self: Find more Crispin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 6/15/2010

    " Set in Oxford, with a huge cast of eccentric characters and a very complicated plot. Despite some good comic writing, this one was a disappointment. The set-up was unbelievable, and the mechanics of the actual murder when they were explained made little sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 5/23/2010

    " A quite enjoyable mystery! Thanks for the review Scott P. that led me to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/7/2010

    " The kind of book for which the word 'delightful' seems to have been purposefully coined. "

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