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  1. He Who Whispers
    He Who Whispers
    He Who Whispers
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  • ISBN13: 9781780020020
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A DR GIDEON FELL MYSTERY. Outside the little French city of Chartres, industrialist Howard Brookes is found dying on the parapet of an old stone tower. Evidence shows that it was impossible for anyone to have entered at the time of the murder, however someone must have, for the victim was discovered stabbed in the back. Who could have done it? And where did they go? When no one is convicted, the mystery remains unsolved for years until a series of coincidences brings things to a head in post-war England, where amateur sleuth Dr. Gideon Fell is on the scene to work out what really happened.

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John Dickson Carr
Brand: Langtail Press Limited
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I have gone off on "jags" reading Rex Stout or Agatha Christie, or others, but I always come back with a hunger for John Dickson Carr. This is not easy-- his books are very old and only Amazon provides a good source.
This is one of the very best by Carr. What draws me to Carr is the mastery of mood, tone, and atmosphere-- a brooding, semi-supernatural, atmosphere of the Gothic-- of terror, of raw fear-- of people literally frightened to death. To put it crudely, it's like "Sherlock Holmes" meets "Stephen King."
In this novel we have a fabulous beginning with an "impossible murder" that seems to have no explanation, a "femme fatale" woman, the setting of a ruined Norman tower in France, and a most sympathetic leading character, Miles. Dr. Gideon Fell is a colorful and delightful detective who usually enters the story at least a third into the book.
Frankly, the conclusions sometimes let the reader down -- or... Read more
I always find classic mysteries of this sort hard to review. You can't really discuss the plot except in the most vague way without spoiling it for future readers. Stripped to the bare bones, the plot involves a crime committed a few years back which is currently causing complications in the present. This is a theme that Carr has touched on a few times.

The plot is involved and Carr is scrupulously fair with the reader. The clues are there in black and white. The book is a real page turner. It is the type of book that demands one give up another half hour of sleep for "just one more chapter." As in most mysteries of this type there are some plot points that will raise eyebrows. The most grievous in this book is the use of coincidence to get the story moving. There is a big one at the beginning which is acceptable, such things do happen. The one revealed toward the end really pushes it.

Besides the mystery itself we get a detailed look at England immediately post... Read more
Actually, more than just a locked-room mystery, "He Who Whispers" boasts two very good mysteries. First, how was a man murdered when he stood alone atop a deserted tower? Second, how was a woman nearly killed from shock when there is no mark upon her and the only evidence of the assault is gun fired away from the bed?

Very effective mystery, albeit one that is occasionally dated by the very Edwardian approach to sex (though by the standards of the time, it tries to be sympathetic). If you are a fan of Agatha Christie or Edgar Wallace, this is a good read.
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