Holy Disorders (A Gervase Fen Mystery)

  • by Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by Paul Panting
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P. G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.
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?

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Fun

Classic Crispin with some laugh out loud moments and another of his homage to M R James ghost stories. I guessed the killer early on but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.
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- S. J. MacDonald

Good reader, fairly naff story

Not one of Crispin's best. Nothing acutely wrong with it, it's just kind of dull. Shame as Buried For Please and Glimpses of the Moon are wonderful
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- elly gausden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited