The Long Divorce

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Edmund Crispin
21 December 2015
Agora Books

Gervase Fen investigates a series of strange, threatening letters in this mystery from ‘master of the whodunnit’ Edmund Crispin.

The peaceful and prosperous village of Cotten Abbas has a very unpleasant problem.

Long inhabited by a collection of proudly offbeat locals, there’s been a recent influx of the newly rich and very well to do… and not everyone is happy about it. New arrivals are receiving anonymous letters from someone who knows a little too much about their dark secrets and dirty laundry.

When the letters don’t seem likely to stop, Gervase Fen is summoned to the scene, but soon finds more than he bargained for. A suicide on Friday, a murder by Sunday, and some villagers that seem hell bent on keeping this mystery unsolved…

The Long Divorce was first published in 1952.


A master of the whodunnit…he combines a flawless plot, witty dialogue, and a touch of hilarity.’ The New York Times

Master of fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek mystery novels, a blend of John Dickson Carr, Michael Innes, M.R. James, and the Marx Brothers.’ —Anthony Boucher

‘All his work had a high-spiritedness rare and welcome in the crime story.’ —Julian Symons

‘Crispin is noted for an ability to embellish clever story lines with Marx Brothers touches.’ —New York Times

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