Cfar1′s #CBR4 Review #12 of Edmund Crispin’s The Case of the Gilded Fly
The second of the Edmund Crispin books I bought was The Case of the Gilded Fly. It was actually first in the series, but the second I read. In this book, a theater company comes to Oxford University to try out a new play. The producer and author of the play is famous, but his last production flopped, so he is bringing his leading lady/mistress with him and using a local acting company to test this play with a smaller audience first. The lead actress of the local group is a rather hated young woman who was previously dumped by the producer. Shortly after rehearsals start, she gets shot in the bedroom of the chapel organist and hi jinks ensue. I didn’t find the book as humorous as the previous one. I also had some issues with the solution. It seemed sort of lame and a cop out. There was some humorous dialogue and the murder was almost a surprise, but I just didn’t buy it. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book for the entertaining characters and the atmosphere, but plot, pacing and mystery were seriously lacking.