Category Archives: Authors-Carr John Dickson

The Devil in Velvet, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

If you were to choose any book from John Dickson Carr’s lengthy career, 1951’s The Devil in Velvet would prove a most mis-leading starting point. For while it is classic Carr, with none of the faults of some of his earliest … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (to me, anyway)

I’m not sure how much of a crossover there is in these two worlds, but Francophones who also adore the work of John Dickson Carr might be interested in something that was finally delivered to my letter box earlier this … Continue reading

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Fire, Burn! by John Dickson Carr: A Review

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, John Dickson Carr is well-remembered for his locked-room puzzles, his sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-haunting mysteries, and his entertaining detectives, Dr. Gideon Fell and (written under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale. Together, … Continue reading

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The Witch of the Low-Tide: An Edwardian Melodrama, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

Best-known for his immortal creations, Dr. Gideon Fell and Sir Henry Merrivale, John Dickson Carr is less recognized for his later novels, some of which rank among his most interesting work. These tales, among them The Bridge of Newgate (1950), … Continue reading

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The Eight of Swords, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

I am and will remain a fan of John Dickson Carr’s works, but The Eight of Swords feels very much like an earlier effort in the Gideon Fell series (for the record, it’s the fourth novel to feature the good doctor, published in … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Green Capsule, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

Although not the sort of “locked room” puzzle at which Carr excelled, The Problem of the Green Capsule (originally titled The Black Spectacles) is a tip-top example of Carr writing at the peak of his powers. Written in 1939, the story has aged … Continue reading

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Fatal Descent, by John Rhode and Carter Dickson: A Short Review

Fatal Descent was originally published in 1939, and has been occasionally, but infrequently, reprinted since that date. It took me a long time to plough through this somewhat interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying tale, so long, in fact, that I rather … Continue reading

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