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WhewI feel like I ve just been 15 rounds with Gary KasparovNow I should reface my remarks by saying this is the first John Dickson Carr novel that I have read so I didn t really know what to expectFinding that he was born in Uniontown PA in 1906 I kinda thought I was in for some slick 1930s gumshoe action and I couldn t have been wrongSet in a dark and snowy London seemingly bereft of traffic the scene is Dickensian and the characters led by the unfathomable Dr Gideon Fell Crash Landing (Bear Creek, positively HolmesianNoroblem I enjoy that kind of thing And a rather ghoulish opening had me further intrigued especially when a murderous Piper prophecy uickly comes toassHenceforth however I found myself gradually becoming bogged down by a The Famoux (The Famoux, painstaking investigation in which the good guys and there seemed to be two Watsons continually debate their findings and relentlessly test one hypothesis after another and another and anotherIndeed the novel reaches a curious self referencing climax when three uarters through this exchange takeslace But if you re going to analyse impossible situations interrupted Pettis why discuss detective fiction Because said the doctor frankly we re in a detective story and we don t fool the reader by Dragons Gap pretending we re not I m used to the likes of Captain Hastings speaking from his journal but this was a whole new take on the omniscient narrator Incidentally the good doctor thenroceeds to relate all Bared for Her Bear (Wylde Bears possible whodunitlots ever known to or imagined by humankindIt was with a sigh of relief that I realised the denouement was eventually upon me But a sting in the tail It lasted for 27 Best Seller (English Edition) pages almost one seventh of the entire bookSuffice to say not only did I become lost in the maze of the mainuzzle but I was disoriented for a second time in the repriseShould I blame the author for demanding too much of my little grey cells or remind myself that I never could think than one move ahead at chess Clever locked room mystery Carr s style when writing Dr Fell is a bit didatic and may turn off some readers but I loved the somewhat lengthy exposition Fell gives about the various types of so called locked room mysteries As he says himself When the cry of This sort of thing wouldn t happen goes up when you complain about half faced fiends and hooded The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances phantoms and blond hypnotic sirens you are merely saying I don t like this sort of story That s fair enough If you do not like it you are howlingly right to say so But when you twist this matter of taste into a rule for judging the merit or even therobability of the story you are merely saying This series of events couldn t happen because I shouldn t enjoy it if it did As I was starting this book I realized that I had read a few other Gideon Fell mysteries before and that Fell wasn t as much fun as Gervase Fen In other words I do not much like Carr s mysteries or erhaps just not his writing style However this seemingly insoluble improbable locked room mystery in which the murderer didn t even leave footprints in the snow was extremely clever I thought I had suspected everyone in turn but not once did I come close to the true culprit Carr lays fair with the reader there are no hidden facts brought out only during the solution In fact he tells you in the first chapter the names of certain witnesses whose testimony can be relied on to be truthful and complete Yet despite this broad hint and Fell uttering cryptic clues Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, periodically I only deciphered one small aspect of the crime In addition Gideon Fell did make me chuckle several times with hisronouncements such as when he gives rules about what ghosts should be like in English fiction they should be seen in old abbeys or cemeteries not lemonade stands I also liked his mention of several other mystery novels and authors who excelled at certain types of mysteries during his discourse mentioned aboveOverall I would recommend this as an excellent example of a certain style of mystery the locked room which is no longer fashionable I icked The Three Coffins aka Hollow Man up when after I started reading the Poirot mysteries Adam mentioned the term Locked Room Mysteries Having not read many classic mysteries before I was ignorant of the genre So what does any internet savvy erson do when they want a superficial introduction to a subject of course I Wikipedia ed it you can burn me later Anyway this book was listed as the epitome of the locked room mystery This book is actually a fantastic way to get acuainted with locked room mysteries because the main character the grumbling mumbling Dr Fell whose employ is unknown considers himself an expert on literature in general and the concept the locked room mystery in specific and goes on a chapters long diatribe about its conventions in literature and their applications to the mystery at hand He figures to solve the crime by treating it as if it were a iece of literature This diatribe I believe is what got the book voted as. Professor Charles Grimaud was explaining to some friends the natural causes behind an ancient superstition about men leaving their coffins when a stranger entered and challenged Grimaud's.
BestThis was such a fun book I had to read slowly and re read sections I wanted to savor the character descriptions and lot twists In such a celebrated mystery I knew I d want to analyze and try to figure it out myself rather than simply reading through it for lot and letting the characters sort out the mysteryIf I hadn t in recent months declared I d stop starting new series gees I hardly have time for non series reading any I d go through these from number 1 on up If you re looking for a great classic mystery series this one is great Dr Fell is just as lovable as Inspector Poirot Locked room mysteries are just really magic tricks This book cleverly and overtly acknowledges this fact The beauty of the book lies in misdirection it lies in resenting all the facts but conning the reader into following the wrong ones it lies in creating a design which roduces gasps of amazement and then nods of satisfaction All mystery stories do that obviously but this is a howdunnit wrapped up with a whodunit and so laying at a higher level than your standard mystery Of course as this book also acknowledges a locked room mystery has to Good Morning, Buddha pull off a trick that most magicians never dare it has to expose the workings Most magic tricks or illusions if we re being fancy or GOB Bluth are just allowed to stand for themselves the magician doesn t step back and expose therosaic and mundane and downright devious way the trick was Personal Delivery pulled off The Magic Circle wouldn t stand for it for one thing But a locked room mystery can tossibly get away with that The fun is in the workings it s in the downright devious way the murder was achieved That s why a book like this than any other stands and falls on its endingPost modern before there was such a term the characters at one La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I point break off to acknowledge that yes indeed they are characters in a detective story and then debate other fictional locked room mysteries It s taking a longiece of literary criticism and whacking it into a novel and making it as seamless as Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton possible And for that stretch it s most enjoyable showing a great academic and appreciation understanding of the form Elsewhere therose on offer is downright stodgy and lumpy the London it conjures up flat and lifeless and seemingly borrowed third hard from an imitator of Sherlock Holmes and the characters just archetypes and cyphers But in that section which is Husband In Training placed about two thirds through we see the book acknowledge its flaws and gamble its own success or failure on the resolution It knows you re not going away being thrilled by the scintillatingrose or the vibrant characterisation instead you re going to think of the mystery and how cleverly it was resolved and that and that alone will be your abiding memorySo how does the ending stack up Well obviously it s a little difficult to go into detail But it has a certain logical amusement to it It does the job it s there to do and won t disappoint anyone who wants clever trickiness But then clever trickiness may create a book readers admire however it won t create one they genuinely love A classic whodunnit and locked room mystery story with a special chapter 17 that could be re read freuently explaining the essence of murder mystery fictions You know Live Wire (Elite Ops, pretty much immediately that this is not going to be your average mystery story A group of friends who meet regularly to discuss odd diverse supernatural topics such as ghosts ghost stories are interrupted by a strange man by the name of Pierre Fley who addresses himself to one of the group a Dr Charles Grimaud The stranger discusses a story about three coffins and then tells Grimaud that either Fley or his brother would be calling upon him soon It is not long afterwards that Grimaud is found dead in his study on the top floor of the house with the one door locked the windows too high for an exit and absolutely no footprints in the snow outside the house But the kicker is that someone came to the door was let in addressed two of theeople in the house and was seen climbing the stairs and entering the study Sohow did it happen Dr Gideon Fell is called in and his investigation makes for one of the best locked room mysteries I ve ever read It starts off running and does not let up Most excellent a fine challenge to my overtired brain in trying to figure out how the heck this was doneI will caution you however that if you are Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive planning to read any of the following books Fell in a very fine discourse upon the subject of crimes in hermetically sealed rooms tells how various authorslotted some well known locked room mysteries The books are along with some short stories that I won t mention here and do read them first before reading this one or they will robably be a disappointmentMystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston LerouxInitials Only by Anna Katherine GreenThe Forty Faces by Thomas and Mary HanshewThe Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery ueenThe Big Bow Mystery by. Skepticism The stranger asserted that he had risen from his own coffin and that four walls meant nothing to him He added 'My brother can do he wants your life and will call on you' The
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Israel ZangwillI think that fans of modern mystery novels may find Fell and his explanations a bit tedious in laces but if you like these old golden age of mystery classics then this is robably among the best Definitely not for cozy readers Overall uite ingenious well written and well worth the sometimes slog through the five books before this one in the series I would robably Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl put this as a must have for serious mystery readers Even though I was having eyeroblems last night I stupidly stayed up to finish this book It was so good So many twists and turns and a Film on the Left perfect locked room murder mystery It reminded me a bit of The Tokyo Zodiac Murders as well as The Murder at the Vicarage that you have something that is supposedly impossible becomingossible The ending was top notch with all revealed after two I think there were two red herrings Loved this bookProfessor Charles Grimaud is confronted by a mysterious man come across him and soem of his friends who claims that men can arise from the grave and walk through walls Not going to lie here was a bit confused where Carr was taking us But all is explained later on to my and Public Policy Making potential readers satisfactionThe man illusionist Pierre Fley claims that he himself has arisen from a grave and threatens Grimaud by saying that his brother wants him dead We then follow a few days later and found that Grimaud has been shot and left to die in a room that a man entered and did not leave When Dr Gideon Fell and Superintendent Hadley come onto the scene the uestion is how did therofessor get shot and the would be murderer get away with no one seeing them Also there are no footprints in the snow so how did the The Artists Way Morning Pages Journal person get away Did they fly Believe me I spent most of this book trying out different solutions and was wrong with all of them Good luck to you if you manage to figure this outI don t want to spoil any of thelot cause so much happens that at times you are going to go wait a minute What And have to go back and re read I loved the writing though at times the story gets a bit bogged down with Fell trying to tell Hadley what he has wrong or telling Hadley that he himself was wrong I maybe went what a few times The flow gets better after we get to Grimaud being shot Not going to lie the first The Mob part confused the life out of me so had to start the story twice in order to get a better sense ofeople that were being named Carr includes diagrams of the room Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, prior to the solution beingrovided and another diagram after the solution is Who Killed Blanche DuBois? provided which I totally got a kick out of The ending surprised the heck out of me though I was expecting anotheraragraph or something but nothing doing I am gobsmacked by this bookI don t know where I Utopia picked up the notion that Carr wrote noir but I cracked this book open expecting dames and hardboiled hard drinkingrivate dicks and speakeasies It s hard to imagine how I could ve been less accurate The Hollow Man had gothic overtones obliue references to vampires and supernatural happenings direct references to the ghost story writer MR James and an extremely snowy almost Victorian London atmosphereIn other words the background stuff was right up my alleyAttach this to not one but two miraculous mysteries and a main character who reminded me strongly of Nero Wolfe although I can t O Jogo do Acaso preciselyut my finger on why and a chapter that waxes elouent on the locked room mystery and my oh my did I enjoy this book The solution was very well done and thankfully did not involve an icicle in any capacity whatsoeverUnfortunately this book is not available on kindle and appears to be out of The Wedding Day print Iicked up my copy on for under ten bucks but it looks like the edition that I read isn t available for anything less than 9000 at this time I would definitely recommend checking it out if you can find it But if you re going to analyze impossible situations interrupted Pettis why discuss detective fictionBecause said the doctor frankly we re in a detective story and we don t fool the reader by Firefight (The Reckoners, pretending we re not Let s not invent elaborate excuses to drag in a discussion of detective stories Let s candidly glory in the noblestursuits ossible to characters in a book Haven t read the author before and stumbled across this novel on The Guardian 1000 books to read list This was a relatively complicated locked room mystery There s not one but two murders to be solved by Superintendent Hadley and the very clever Dr Gideon Fell For this reader the highlight of the novel was Dr Fell s dissertation on murder Enjoyed the vintage atmosphere and the characters on offer but an overly wordy mystery A locked room mystery with a trick but I knew there had to be a trick I can honestly say that I was clueless all throughout and so was glued to the reveal even though it seemed to take so long in coming some of Fell s antics were interesting but he did go on so very long before getting to the actual resolution. Rother came during a snowstorm walked through the locked front door shot Grimaud and vanished The tragedy brought Dr Gideon Fell into the bizarre mystery of a killer who left no footprint.
Carter Dickson Carr Dickson and Roger FairbairnJohn Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown Pennsylvania in 1906 It Walks by Night his first published detective novel featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin was published in 1930 Apart from Dr Fell whose first appearance was in Hag's Nook in 1933 Carr's other series detectives published under the nom de plume of