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Stars, Starlets, Floozies, and factotums to the film world - Gervase, Fen suspects them all....
Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and aspiring actress Gloria Scott's suicide definitely looks like murder. Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope. Gloria Scott appears to have had little reason for wanting to kill herself by jumping off Waterloo bridge, but someone has taken great pains to hide Gloria's real identity, and Gervase Fen's detective nose begins to twitch. When a lecherous cameraman is poisoned before his very eyes, Fen finds himself 'consulting' on a far more familiar matter: murder.
©2012 Edmund Crispin (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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By Constance on 06-26-13

Intricate, Witty, Engrossing Classic Mystery

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In earlyish 20th century England a young and ambitious actress is victimized by political and sexual politics. From this evil deed a tide of murder and revenge is unleashed. The egotistical, striving world of film is evoked in wry observant tones as we meet various eccentric characters, most of whom have deep secrets. For lovers of British Golden Age mysteries, this will be pure catnip! Superb narration.

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By Meep on 02-07-13

Splendid fun

Where does Frequent Hearses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among my favorites

What was one of the most memorable moments of Frequent Hearses?

There are myriad quotes worth remembering, the first that I recall was something about the writing of Henry James being appropriate for classification as a dangerous narcotic because of it's soporific qualities. The story is rich with such gems.

Have you listened to any of Philip Bird’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never have listened to Philip Bird recordings before, but plan to listen to many more. Wonderful, wonderful reader. Absolutely made all the difference to me. In fact, I have been trying to like Edmund Crispin off and on for some time. People who like the kinds of books I do (Christie, Marsh, Sayers, Innes, etc) always seem to like Crispin as well, and yet I could not enjoy either The Gilded Fly, or the Moving (Movable? Can't remember) Toyshop. I now believe it was because I had not heard Philip Bird narrate them. Some authors are better heard aloud, and some are better read in print, of course, but additionally (as all devoted audio book readers know) a narrator can make or break a story in a profound way. What Philip Bird has done for me is make this book come alive and bring out the kindness of Crispin's outlook, which is subtle, and makes all the difference to me. He might even be able to save Gladys Mitchell for me if given the chance, who knows? Plus-so very important- he gets all the jokes, and makes sure they are delivered correctly. CRUCIAL, especially to a book like this where the humor is subtle as well, and could easily be missed by a reader not familiar with the material or not interested enough to take the time to understand it. On a scale of 1-5 I give the team of Crispin and Bird an 11!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, and then I listened to it again.

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The maze story from M. R. James "Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance" makes a FABULOUS and most disturbing appearance towards the end of this book. Lovely!!!

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By Sheryl Mason on 03-07-13

A Very Pretty Little Mystery

Edmund Crispin always delivered and this book is no exception. The maze sequence towards the end of the book is absolute magic and provides some hints as well. This narrator is perfect for Fen and the voice characterisation is perfect. Crispin seemed to have an aversion to hanging his murderers, so there is always an unusual ending. (I need to do some research into Crispin to find out if he was against capital punishment.) All in all, an extremely riveting listen.

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By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 09-20-15

an ordinary crime story.

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I have enjoyed the previous books in this series but thought this one was just ok.<br/>it lacked the humour of the other books and although gervase worked out who had done the murders early on it didn't feel like he was in the story very much. it was a letter at the end from the murder which gave more information. .<br/>all in all a bit of a disappointment.<br/>hoping the glimpses of the moon will be better.

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