Love Lies Bleeding

I’ve been trying to sample some new authors. Love Lies Bleeding is a classic mystery; written in 1948 by Edmund Crispin, it is the 5th of the Professor Fen mysteries. I’m only part way in, but I love the literate twists of language. Here are two from the first chapter, as examples:

Looking at a woman headmaster:

He seemed to see, ranked indomitably behind her, all those bold, outspoken, competent, middle-aged women whose kind is peculiar to the higher levels of the English bourgeoisie, organizing charity bazaars, visiting the sick and impoverished, training callow maidservants, implacably gardening.

Regarding the English professor (Fen) coming to speak at an awards ceremony:

He should be interesting–in fact, my only fear is that he may be too interesting. I’m not quite sure that he’s capable of the sustained hypocrisy which the occasion demands.

If for no reason other than that, I’m enjoying the read.


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