My exposure to Golden Age mystery writer John Dickson Carr has been through his mysteries featuring Doctor Gideon Fell. This summer, I thought I would tackle some of the better novels featuring his other sleuth, Sir Henry Merrivale.
As most people perusing this page must know, Carr's specialty was the locked room murder/impossible crime. I confess that this has never been my favorite type of mystery, as the emphasis is on the howdunnit rather than the who, or even the why. The mechanics of the crime don't interest me as much as the interactions between the victim, the suspects and the detective. That said, nobody does impossible crimes like Carr. He also brings a sense of humor to his books, (which sometimes threatens to veer toward utter lunacy!) If you accept this going in, you should have a grand old time.
I think The Judas Window deserves its reputation as one of Carr's best. The initial premise is straightforward: a wealthy young man goes to meet his...
John Dickson Car is remembered as the master of the locked room murder mystery. Almost all his books were written and take place in pre WWII England and France. His books are serial detective stories and feature one of three detectives Gideon Fell, Sir Henry Merriavil and Monsieur Bencolin. The Judas Window is one of Sir Henry Merriavil stories. I have read and re read all of his works many times but for some reason I never Read this book. I couldn't wait to read it and I was not disappointed. It was a great story. All I can say is if you have never read any of Mr. Carr's books then get this book if you like locked room mysteries you'll find you can't read just one.
This is the first time that I have stumbled across a John Dickson Carr novel in e-book form (or anything more recent than about a 1970 print date!), and words cannot adequately describe how excited I am that someone is FINALLY reprinting them. In my opinion, Carr is the ultimate in golden-era mystery writers, specifically because many of his mysteries you can actually CAN solve, if you are so inclined, but are also so written that you can just sit back and enjoy the ride as well. He is also the king of "sealed room"-type mysteries, and he does a good job of making them perplexing but still (generally) plausible. I hope that this means that there will be many reprints to come, because Carr is an author that more people need to read!
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