Buried for Pleasure

Buried for Pleasure Professor Gervase Fen always in pursuit of a witty epigram declares candidacy for Parliament ready to serve the good people of Where was it again His political ambitions are sidetracked by the murd

  • Title: Buried for Pleasure
  • Author: Edmund Crispin
  • ISBN: 9780330373838
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professor Gervase Fen, always in pursuit of a witty epigram, declares candidacy for Parliament, ready to serve the good people of Where was it again His political ambitions are sidetracked by the murdered policeman who crops up on the campaign trail, the escaped naked lunatic Woodrow Wilson , a peculiar clergyman, and a love struck pig.
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    • Oscar says:

      En el tranquilo pueblo inglés de Sanford Angelorum, el profesor y detective aficionado Gervase Fen se está tomando un descanso, además de presentarse como candidato al Parlamento. Fen pronto descubre que las apariencias pueden ser engañosas, y es que en el pueblo se ha descubierto un oscuro secreto que está siendo usado como chantaje. Cualquier persona que se acerque a descubrir la identidad del chantajista es asesinada.‘Enterrado por placer’ (Buried for Pleasure, 1949), del escritor br [...]

    • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

      This was my first Gervase Fen mystery, and I loved it. Imagine a cross between a Dorothy L Sayers who is ever so slightly less obsessed with the mechanics of mystery (my only quibble with the Wimsey tales is that they sometimes dilate drearily on the reasoning behind the solution, when a shorter explanation would have sufficed) and PG Wodehouse, and you more or less have the measure of Edmund Crispin. In this story, Professor Fen decides to take a break from his arduous scholarly activities in O [...]

    • Leslie says:

      Another enjoyable entry in the Gervase Fen series. Fen is running for Parliament in a remote country seat and his antics and musings about politics form the highlights of this novel. There is a major clue to the identity of the guilty party fairly early but despite recognizing this, I was unable to put the pieces together. Overall, I think that some of the earlier books in this series were superior to this one but it is still worth reading.

    • Libros Prestados says:

      Una novela entretenida, divertida y fácil de leer, pero probablemente la que menos me ha gustado del autor.Tiene todo los ingredientes para gustar: el excéntrico profesor y detective aficionado Gervaise Fen que de repente se presenta como candidato al Parlamento de un pueblo de la campiña inglesa, un pueblo lleno de habitantes más excéntricos que el propio Fen y una trama de chantaje y asesinato.Y sin embargo todos esos aspectos no acaban de cuajar bien. Es como si el pueblo y el asesinato [...]

    • S Dizzy says:

      Gervase Fen is staying at an inn in a small hamlet of Sanford Angelorum. He has gotten a wild hair to stand for Parliament as the local independent candidate, and is there to 'press the flesh.' Of course, the hijinks ensue (there is even an escaped lunatic!) as he plays sleuth while campaigning.Here's why I love Crispin's writing - "Morning to you, sir," said the man. Hope we didn't get you up too early." "Not a bit," Fen replied without cordiality. "I feel better already-" the man spoke, howeve [...]

    • Lynne says:

      I enjoy the piquant adjectives and striking nouns that E. Crispin uses in his writing. I have to admit that he finds many words with which I am not familiar. Those that I know, however, really color his writing. Gervase Fen, the Oxford don, is again working to solve a mystery. There is a touch of humor in this writing, and it is especially delightful when Fen decides that he is going to stand for parliament. Apparently politics is about the same everywhere; the electorate is pretty much just lik [...]

    • Tony says:

      BURIED FOR PLEASURE. (1949). Edmund Crispin. ****1/2.This is an excellent example of Crispin’s craft in the mystery genre. It is, so far, the best of the series of his Gervase Fen books that I’ve read. The reason for this one coming out on top is that Crispin has finally decided to set his story within the context of a limited number of characters, rather than in some massive group as his others seem to do. We meet Fen as he travels to a small village of Danford Angelorum, where he will be c [...]

    • Whistlers Mom says:

      This author devoted most of his life to his career as a composer, but between 1944 and 1953 he wrote nine mysteries and a number of short stories featuring eccentric Oxford professor Gervase Fen. His books and stories were popular when they were published and lovers of classic British mysteries (and whimsical humor) continue to discover and fall in love with them.This one has Fen going to an English backwater village to run for Parliament. The reasons for his doing so are never clearly articulat [...]

    • ^ says:

      ‘ absolute and unalloyed delight’ said the New York Times Book Review; whose sentiment I wholly agree with. Edmund Crispin uses a lovely turn of language, yet does not patronise his reader. His text is periodically sprinkled with literary allusions (most of which over my head), yet I was delighted to find the occasional wonderful-sounding word that was entirely new to me. Using the Oxford Dictionary of English 2nd ed. Revised (sitting on my Sony e-Reader), I was speedily enlightened as to th [...]

    • Yngvild says:

      I went on a hunt for works by Edmund Crispin after coming across the better-known Moving Toyshop. Buried for Pleasure is part of the same series starring the eccentric Gervase Fen, professor of English at Oxford and amateur sleuth. The book satisfies any died-in-the-wool fan of the golden age of mysteries, but does not leap off the page except for a single speech given by Fen near the end of his disastrous attempt at becoming the local M.P. for a rural constituency.Fen, no doubt speaking for Cri [...]

    • Joy says:

      Over and over I am thoroughly tickled by this satire of a Parliament election, and laugh my head off at the dénouement.

    • Susan says:

      Gervase Fen runs for Parliament until he's distracted by finding a murdered man

    • Xabier Cid says:

      This was the first book I read by Edmund Crispin, and I do not think this novel had grown older in a good shape. The prose is thick and ancient without being interesting, the secondary plot quite silly and unreasoned (the affection and disaffection for politics), and some comments on women a bit too rusty without being classic.However, some characters are quite comical and the geography of the novel, those small towns in the English countryside, appealing somehow. The main plot I am not an exper [...]

    • Alaina Sloo says:

      One of my favorite Gervase Fen mysteries. Fen runs for a seat in the House of Commons. Great local dialect and Crispin's sense of humor at its best. 'We was in the gorse by fourth green.' [said Harry] ' The gorse. Surely, in the gorse, you can't have been' [said Fen] ' We was mollocking,' said Harry with distinct satisfaction. 'She'm a rare un for mollocking, is Olive.' Olive appeared gratified by the tribute. 'Me Grammer alius says: "When oats be cutting, maids be riggish."' 'Your grandmother i [...]

    • Nimbex says:

      Al igual que el resto de la serie protagonizada por Gervase Fen, un placer leerlo. Esta vez el profesor se traslada a la campiña inglesa y varias situaciones me han recordado a La hija de Robert Poste de Stella Gibbons, es probable que Edmund Crispin se haya inspirado también en los libros de Thomas Hardy.

    • LeAnne says:

      The story turned out to be better than I thought. I'm glad I stuck with it. I actually went back to the beginning and started over, looking for clues I might have missed. I did figure out early on who the murder would be in general. Reading his stories will increase my vocabularylots of words I had never heard of. I'm beginning to appreciate the humor in his writing.

    • Stig says:

      A classic crime novel featuring Oxford don Gervase Fen, one of my favorites from the golden age of English crime fiction. And it did not detract from my enjoyment that I was able to guess - sorry, I meant deduce, of course - the identity of the murderer.

    • David Campton says:

      "Characterization seems to me to be a very over-rated element in fiction It limits the form so" Not many limits on this piece of twaddle then Sub-Agatha Christie cartoon-like characters in an outlandish plot. Makes Midsomer Murders seem like a accurate police procedural.

    • Caroline says:

      A delightful murder mystery, full of wit and humour. This one made me laugh with its farcical situations and witty turn of phrase. The solution is a little far fetched, but nonetheless enjoyable.

    • Jack Chapman says:

      Approaching a pair of canoodling lovers "Fen bore relentlessly down on them like a dragon making for a defenceless and succulent child."A Wodehousian touch which shows Edmund Crispin's deft wielding of language, and like the master Crispin creates an idealised England which, if it never was, is England's loss, a light-hearted landscape where murder is simply a mysterious incident leading through a maze of characters of varying shades of amusing eccentricity. Crispin's real name was Bruce Montgom [...]

    • Karen says:

      Originally published in the 1940's the Gervase Fen mysteries are one of those rights of passage for crime lovers. Or at least they were in my house as I was growing up. Vintage Books have done us all an enormous favour in turning their attention back to some of the classic books - and this set from Edmund Crispin is a real job to behold. Now I have read a lot of these books before, but the chance to reread them, without having to rely on falling on fragile old copies in second-hand bookshops is [...]

    • Richard Thompson says:

      A Gervase Fen mystery. I was introduced to Crispin in P.D. James’ TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION: “Gervase Fen is a true original, a ruddy-faced man with unruly hair, much given to witticisms and, appropriately enough, quotations from the classics, who romps through his cases with infectious joie de vivre in books which are genuinely funny.” This book live up to James’ billing. Fen is staying at the Fish Inn in Sanford Anglelorum while he is campaigning in the local elections as an Inde [...]

    • Wyntrnoire says:

      Not a spoiler but a warning--Mr. Crispin has no qualms about needlessly dispatching pets/animals. Needlessly. I just finished reading BURIED FOR PLEASURE and he did it again (first time in THE MOVING TOY SHOP). Even his biographer, David Whittle is baffled. Cats are safe--thank goodness--but not dogs or even endearing pigs. I am an animal lover--so it soured the read for me both times. This revelation will not spoil the mystery of either book because the deadly"deeds" have nothing to do with the [...]

    • Ian says:

      "The English have no more idea of politics than so many Polar Bears", so declares Gervase Fen, undermining his whim to enter the Houses of Parliament on behalf of sleepy Sanford Angelorum. How that resonates in 2016, the year of the unpredictable election! Fen's political campaign is sidetracked by blackmail, murder, beautiful women, an escaped lunatic who imagines himself to be Woodrow Wilson and a pig that won't thrive. If you can but up with Crispin's (Fen's) annoying cleverness, this is a gr [...]

    • Andrew says:

      Another great Fen book. This one not so much for the mystery (eh not that great) but for the setting and characters. Small town England (Sanford on Morvel?) with the homey inn, the escaped lunatic, daffy (haunted) clergyman and a local rich socialist who wants to do away with fancy formality. Fen runs for (and wins) a seat to parliament allowing for political jibes and odd speeches. Pleasant Jane Persimmons is the target of a murder attempt (fortunately saved and reunited with her long lost fami [...]

    • John says:

      Gervase Fen is my favorite fictional detective. Sadly, Edmund Crispin's books seem to keep getting harder to find. In this installment, Fen, an Oxford don who solves murders in his spare time, is running for Parliament in a woebegone district. Naturally, murders start occurring in the area where he is campaigning, and they capture his attention. My favorite character in "Buried for Pleasure" is "the non-doing pig." It doesn't say anything, but it says it so well.The story of the campaign opens t [...]

    • Jenny Schwartz says:

      Only Professor Gervase Fen could consider running for Parliament as a remedy for the "queer psychological effects" of scholarly endeavour. Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin is a classic mystery from the post-war period. All the characters are over-drawn, but in a charming manner that brings them vividly alive. The mystery and supporting sub-mystery play fair with the clue-hunting reader. I like Crispin's style, and he was in top form with Buried for Pleasure.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I always enjoy the antics of Gervase Fen and this story has plenty of antics, any more would be too many. Fen Is staying at an inn named Fish which has no fishing or peace and quiet or even much else to recommend it. He has decided to run for parliament but in the end finds solving murders more to his liking. I enjoyed the complete reading experience because this book is a lovely quality trade paperback with high grade paper. A keeper.

    • Craig says:

      This is the first I've read in the Fen series. I'll read a couple more, but this one doesn't approach Sayers or Allingham 30s/40s British mysteries. Could be the earlier titles give a better into into the protagonist - I didn't feel he was developed sufficiently in this one. Also think he misses having the companion present in the other two series mentioned. But a very decent read, and, as I say, certainly worth more exploration.

    • Sandi says:

      Oxford Don Gervase Fen, bored with academia, decides to run for Parliament but his attention is captured by various murders that have occurred in the seemingly quiet set of villages where he is canvassing for votes. I enjoyed this book mostly for the atmosphere and characters since the plotting was not nearly as good as in previous entries.

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