Publication: J B Lippincott Company, 1946, Philadelphia
First U. S. edition. Small 8vo. 250 pp. Teal colored cloth with black lettering to spine in scarce color illustrated dust jacket. A fine, bright copy in very good dust jacket (wear to extremities; creasing & closed tears to upper front edge; small triangle tear to lower front edge). A Main Line Mystery. Here is Edmund Crispin's most famous novel featuring eccentric amateur detective, Gervase Fen, an Oxford professor of English Language and Literature. The book provided the source for the famous merry-go-round sequence at the climax of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train." In 2006, detective novelist P. D. James picked "The Moving Toyshop" as one of her five "most riveting crime novels". Scottish crime writer Val McDermid called "The Moving Toyshop," A classic crime novel with a surreal streak… It's a clever, energetic romp, written with wit," while A. L. Kennedy described Crispin as, "One of the undiscovered treasures of British crime fiction: [his] storytelling is intelligent, humane, surprising and rattling good fun." A Haycraft/Queen Cornerstone mystery title.
Inventory Number: 49141