Holy Disorders

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Edmund Crispin
22 March 2017
Agora Books

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 foul of a nest of German spies or of the local coven of witches, ominously rumored to have been practicing since the 17th century?

Tracking down the answer pleases Fen immensely – only the reader will have a better time.

Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful – Before Morse, Oxford’s murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction.


Holy Disorders was first published in 1945.


Praise for Edmund Crispin‘s Holy Disorders – 

“I very much enjoy Edmund Crispin, who’s extremely frivolous, with a marvellous comic sense” – P.D. James

“Fen at his very best” – New York Times Book Review

“Holy Disorders, uncannily recreates the mood of an antiquarian ghost story” – Washington Post

“A master of the whodunnit… he combines a flawless plot, witty dialogue, and a touch of hilarity” – New York Times

“Beneath a formidable exterior he had unsuspected depths of frivolity” – Philip Larkin


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