Swan Song

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Edmund Crispin
7 January 2016
Agora Books

A much-loathed opera singer is murdered in his dressing room. Gervase Fen investigates in this mystery from ‘master of the whodunnit’ Edmund Crispin.

When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse—but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room?

In the course of this entertaining adventure, eccentric Oxford don and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen has to unravel two murders, cope with the unpredictability of the artistic temperament, and attempt to encourage the course of true love.

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

Swan Song was first published in 1947.


‘A splendidly intricate and superior locked-room mystery.’ —The New York Times

‘One of the last exponents of the classical English detective story…elegant, literate, and funny.’ —The Times

‘One of the most literate mystery writers of the 20th century.’ —Boston Globe

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