This is my first Crispin book. With all the mysteries I've read from the first half of the 20th century, I don't now how I missed him! I wanted any of a nummber of other titles, but this was the only one at the used bookstore I frequent. I must say I wasn't very impressed. I've read that some of his other titles are better and I might try one more. His main character is taken out of his milieu of university life and into the movie business in London. I think I'd like him better at the university. It was hard to care about movie business characters. I enjoy his prose though. In the first 10 pages, there were already several words I had to look up. I can't tell if he is parodying earlier wordy writers or if this is really his style, but it's fun.