Edmund Crispin 1921–1978
(Pseudonym of Robert Bruce Montgomery) English mystery novelist, short story writer, critic, anthologist, composer, and musician.
Crispin is best known as the author of literate detective novels that show the influences of John Dickson Carr and Michael Innes. Believing "that crime stories in general and detective stories in particular should be essentially imaginative and artificial," Crispin sparks his novels with farcical humor, inventive plot twists, and fresh characterizations. He used his own Oxford education as background for one of his most original characters, Oxford literature professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen.