This should fill out over time, but as I’ve reviewed a number of Carter Dickson’s (aka John Dickson Carr) books featuring the Old Man, I thought I’d add a bibliography/index for them. There’s my Top Five as well, if you want to look and disagree…
- The Plague Court Murders
- The White Priory Murders
An actress is found with her head bashed in inside the Priory in the grounds of a country house. The only problem being, it was surrounded by unbroken snow all night…
A locked and sealed room that kills without leaving a mark. Merrivale investigates crimes in both the past and the present.
- The Unicorn Murders
- The Punch and Judy Murders aka The Magic Lantern Murders
Nothing impossible, but a rather bizarre caper for Merrivale and Ken Blake as he races to the altar while trying to solve a series of very odd murders.
A man is followed to a room when, as the door closes, a gunshot is heard. On opening the door, the room is empty except for the dead body of the man… Oh, and a table laid out with ten teacups…
James Answell is found with the body of his prospective father-in-law in a room sealed from the inside. An arrow protudes from the dead man’s chest, with James’s fingerprints on it. Good thing he’s got Sir Henry Merrivale as his defendant in court!
- Death in Five Boxes
- The Reader is Warned
Death by Teleforce! A psychic announces that he will kill someone by telepathy at 8:00pm. Without fail, his prediction comes to pass, despite the psychic having an ironclad alibi and no evidence of foul play. One of Dickson’s cleverest and simplest ideas.
- And So To Murder
- Murder in The Submarine Zone aka Nine – And Death Makes Ten aka Murder in the Atlantic
As a liner crosses the Atlantic during wartime, a murderer kindly leaves a bloody fingerprint. But it doesn’t match anyone on board…
Everybody knows you can’t hypnotise someone into committing murder… unless they think it’s a game involving a rubber dagger, not realising that someone has impossibly switched the toy for a deadly substitute…
- The Gilded Man aka Death and The Gilded Man
- She Died A Lady
A genuine classic – Rita and her suitor’s footprints lead straight over the edge of the cliff – with no-one else nearby. But when their bodies are found at the bottom, they’ve been shot from close range…
- He Wouldn’t Kill Patience
- The Curse of the Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerers
The curse of the Pharaohs strikes as Lady Helen Loring vanishes into thin air after returning from Egypt carrying a sacred lamp. Can H.M. unpick a riddle from ancient Egypt?
A wife-killer vanished eleven years ago, but a play script has appeared detailing his crimes has appeared. A script that contains details that only the killer knew. As someone goes undercover posing as the murderer, it seems that the real killer has only been biding his time…
- The Skeleton in the Clock
- A Graveyard To Let
A trip to the States and an impossible vanishing from a swimming pool keep the Old Man on his toes – if the police don’t arrest him first.
- Night at the Mocking Widow
- Behind the Crimson Blind
- The Cavalier’s Cup
A young girl was once spirited out of her locked house – by fairies, apparently. When it happens again, can Merrivale get to the bottom of her predicament? And is it more serious this time?
A threat comes out of nowhere. A girl is almost gassed to death inside a locked room. The answers lie at the centre of the Hampton Court maze…