The Case of the Gilded Fly (The First Gervase Fen Mystery)
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This is a curious case of an investigation by a person who seems to be in the background most of the time. We don't follow Gervase Fen, hear his thoughts, get into his skin. Instead, we follow the story through a newspaper reporter, Nigel Blake, who used to be a student of Fen's. I see him as becoming something of a sidekick without actually being at Fen's side most of the time.
The story features a theater in Oxford where a new play is about to be performed. Two sisters are acting in it, and one of them is murdered. There are many suspects because Yseut was not loved. Beautiful, predatory, ambitious, but not loved. Her murder takes place in an area where it appears nobody could have killed her. So it might look like suicide. But we know right away that it isn't.
Gervase Fen is a professor of English literature, and literate he most certainly is. The book is riddled with literary allusions, not all of them coming from Fen. I am sure that those with a real classical education would revel in knowing all of the quotations. I certainly did not. And that does not detract from enjoying the book, at least in my case. In addition to dropping bits of literary history here and there, Fen prides himself on his ability to solve crimes. The rather strange, sometimes rude, sometimes loud, and usually interesting Fen gets to solve this one.
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