Press Release: Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

Edmund Crispin
Illustrated by A. Richard Allen

‘A master of the whodunit … he combines a flawless plot, witty dialogue and a touch of hilarity’

the new york times


Love Lies Bleeding is a fast-paced, funny and entertaining read, with all the literary nods and self-referential jokes Crispin is known for; yet underpinning that is an exquisite crime story, plotted with great care and furnished with chilling shocks and twists. This Folio edition features illustrations by A. Richard Allen who also illustrated the previous novel in this series, The Moving Toyshop. His lively images capture all the facets of Crispin’s writing, from its playful humour to its moments of thrilling drama.

Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery, a writer, teacher and composer who described his recreations as ‘swimming, excessive smoking, Shakespeare, the operas of Wagner and Strauss, idleness and cats’. He was less keen on ‘dogs, psychoanalysis and contemporary theatre’. He provided the scores for many British comedy films, including Carry on Teacher and Doctor at Large, and a very British humour suffuses his writing – particularly in the form of his unconventional hero, Gervase Fen.

When the scheduled speaker is unavailable, the headmaster of Castrevenford School invites English professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen to present the prizes on Speech Day. However, when a series of strange events culminates in the murder of two members of staff, Fen finds himself picking his way through a web of lies and misdirection, with whatLLB2 appears to be a long-lost Shakespeare play at its heart. Featuring a cast of fantastical characters, including highly strung teachers, plucky schoolgirls and a homicidal bloodhound called Mr Merrythought, this mystery is golden age crime at its wittiest.

Product information
Quarter-bound in blocked buckram with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by the artist. Set in Photina with Pink Martini display. 216 pages. Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. 9˝ x 5¾˝.

UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $69.96 Aus $72.95


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