Category Archives: John Dickson Carr

The Sleeping Sphinx by John Dickson Carr

Isn’t it always the way? You’ve been off on a secret mission for Army Intelligence during the war, having been declared dead and – whoops – forgot to ensure that your nearest and dearest were informed. And then when you … Continue reading

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A Bit Of A Ramble: Agatha Christie vs John Dickson Carr

In a recent blog post, I discussed the strange career of John Dickson Carr – namely that almost all of the novels that he is famed for, all of his greatest works, appeared in a fifteen year period in the … Continue reading

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A Bit Of A Ramble – John Dickson Carr’s Great Works

A slight deviation from the norm today, inspired by a comment that Sergio, from Tipping My Fedora, left on my review of John Dickson Carr’s The Dead Man’s Knock, a rather unimpressive outing for Gideon Fell in my book. While … Continue reading

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The Dead Man’s Knock by John Dickson Carr

Professor Mark Ruthven at Queen’s College in Virginia is on the verge of splitting up with his wife, Brenda. Matters aren’t helped by the presence of the dangerous Rose Lestrange (how long did it take Carr to think of that … Continue reading

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Captain Cut-Throat by John Dickson Carr

1805, Northern France, and Napoleon’s forces stand ready to cross the Channel and invade England. But here is dissention in the ranks as the night is patrolled by a shadowy figure, killing without a trace, leaving a note, signed Captain … Continue reading

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A Plea For Help – The Case Of The Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr

Well there I was strolling around Amsterdam and I spotted this in a shop window. As this is much nicer than my existing copy and was only five euros, there wasn’t much delay in buying it. But…

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The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr

Martin Clarke is holding a party – a house-warming, if you like – for the stately home that he has purchased and refurbished. Of course not many other people wanted to buy it as it has a history of bizarre … Continue reading

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