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Book Title: The Long Divorce|
The author of the book: Edmund Crispin
Edition: Penguin Books
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Date of issue: February 26th 1981
ISBN 13: 9780140013047
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THE LONG DIVORCE. (1951). Edmund Crispin. ****.
In the village of Cotton Abbas, an epidemic of scandalous letters sent to the local villagers threatens to bring down the usually harmonious nature of its village life. The letters each reveal to the recipients some little known fact of their former lives that threaten their status in the neighborhood if that information gets out. Along comes a walker from London – a Mr. Datchery-Walker. His goal was to walk the byways of London, touring some of the older regions. He soon becomes involved in this mad letter-writing campaign along with the local constabulary in an attempt to find out who was behind the scheme. There has already been one suicide caused as a result of a letter, and, soon, a murder occurs. Clues point to the recent arrival of a woman doctor to the village. If that were so, where did she get all her information about the residents? All this time, we are waiting for the arrival of Gervaise Fen. This is an Edmund Crispin novel after all. It all works out after all after a clever analysis of all the clues by Datchery-Walker and his close associate Fen. This is a typical Crispin novel, full of misleading clues and peopled by characters of high interest to the reader. Crispin’s usual style of including a variety of contemporary problems of England along with the problem at hand is obvious from the beginning. Also, as is typical of Crispin, you should have your dictionary close at hand. This is a well plotted and well executed mystery written in the style of the Golden Age.
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Read information about the authorEdmund Crispin was the pseudonym of (Robert) Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978). His first crime novel and musical composition were both accepted for publication while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford. After a brief spell of teaching, he became a full-time writer and composer (particularly of film music. He wrote the music for six of the Carry On films. But he was also well known for his concert and church music). He also edited science fiction anthologies, and became a regular crime fiction reviewer for The Sunday Times. His friends included Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Agatha Christie.
He had always been a heavy drinker and, unfortunately, there was a long gap in his writing during a time when he was suffering from alcohol problems. Otherwise he enjoyed a quiet life (enlivened by music, reading, church-going and bridge) in Totnes, a quiet corner of Devon, where he resisted all attempts to develop or exploit the district, visiting London as little as possible. He moved to a new house he had built at Week, a hamlet near Dartington, in 1964, then, late in life, married his secretary Ann in 1976, just two years before he died from alcohol related problems. His music was composed using his real name, Bruce Montgomery.
N.B. A biography by David Whittle, Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books (ISBN 10: 0754634434) was published in June 2007.
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