Book List in Order: 54 titles

  • And So to Murder by John Dickson Carr (writing as Carter Dickson)DEATH RIDES THE TUBE… The speaking-tube whistled. Monica flew at it. "Who are you? What do you want?" She bent her cheek to the mouth of the tube to listen for an answer. Something ...



  • THE JUDAS WINDOW (also published as THE CROSSBOW MURDER) is a famous locked room mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr, writing under the name of Carter Dickson, published in 1938 and featuring detective Sir Henry Merrivale....




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    Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of MurderWith an introduction by Martin Edwards and featuring the Dickson Carr short story "The Shadow of the Goat"We are thrilled to welcome John Dickson Carr into the Crime Classics series with his fi...




  • "For subtlety, ingenuity and atmosphere, he was one of the three or four best detective-story writers since Poe that the English language has known." In this tribute to John Dickson Carr, Edmund Crispin summarized the accomplishments of one of the gr...






  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...



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    Hailed by Agatha Christie as “the king of the art of misdirection,” John Dickson Carr draws readers into a thrilling tale of a family’s hunt for an inheritance hidden in a haunted New Orleans mansionBefore he became a commodore in t...


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    John Dickson Carr, one of the masters of the British-style detective novel, evokes the danger and delights of 1912 New Orleans in this puzzling murder mysteryJournalist and spy novelist Jim Blake takes an assignment for Harper’s Weekly that put...


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    The scene in Papa La-Bas is New Orleans in 1858. There, strong men, lovely women, dark magic and violence swirl around Senator Judah P. Benjamin, who can solve any problem by logical analysis, and Richard Macrae, Her Majesty's Consul, when they witne...


  • When Dr. Gideon Fell, that most eminent of eccentric sleuths, finds himself at a party whose guests are in a state of deep agitation, all the faculties of his detective genius are called into play. Why is the host of the party -- Henry Maynard, a ...


  • DR. GIDEON FELL, ALL AT SEA Sailing from England to America with a writer friend, Philip Knox, Dr. Gideon Fell, that eminent crime solver, encounters some odd characters, who are fated to have a volcanic effect on his stay in the U.S. Prominent a...


  • AN ANCESTRAL MANSION, LOST FAMILY WILLS, A GHOST, A GUN, A LOCKED ROOM -- AND MURDER. WHAT MORE DOES THE PERFECT DETECTIVE NOVEL NEED? DR. GIDEON FELL. The House at Satan's Elbow is all about an eccentric English family, the shade of an ei...


  • John Dickson Carr, master of the Golden Age British-style whodunit, delivers a dazzling historical mystery set in Restoration LondonIn England, the Civil War is finished, Cromwell is dead, and the monarch Charles II sits happily upon the throne. It i...


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    ONE WAS DEAD, THE OTHER ALIVE… One was a vile old bawd who lived in a brutal world that suddenly turned on her. The doctor said she died of fright -- but her killers knew better… The other, lusty and young, escaped from a brothel only to fa...






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    A man fears his beloved is not who she claims to be in this sophisticated puzzler by John Dickson Carr, a master of the British-style detective novelDavid Garth has just stepped off the train at Charing Cross when he is summoned to Scotland Yard to a...


  • The master of the Golden Age British-style detective novel presents his redoubtable sleuth Dr. Gideon Fell in a baffling murder mystery set in the Swiss Alps Young Audrey Page has been warned against joining the aging film star Eve Eden and her tempe...


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    Matthew Damon was a loving father and figure of stern moral rectitude. Why, then, has a rumor of scandal followed him? Behind the drawn curtains at High Chimneys, Damon's mansion, a sinister presence had disturbed the household. And murder was done. ...


  • DEATH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Young and voluptuous Rose Lestrange walked into her bedroom and plunged a razor-sharp dagger through her heart. At least that's what the police said -- it would have been impossible for a killer to pass in and out of her...


  • Hurled back in time, a London police detective struggles to solve a nineteenth-century murder mystery in Golden Age master John Dickson Carr’s thrilling mystery novel A woman is killed in a well-lit corridor, dying before the eyes of three witne...



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    When someone begins a killing spree on Napoleon's personal sentries, captured British agent Alan Hepburn finds himself forced not only to assist with the investigation but also to match wits with the Emperor and his chief of police, the wily Fouche. ...


  • Carr's forte is the rational crime problem costumed as an eerie tale of the seemingly supernatural. This tale set in London is an elaborate puzzle that concerns a large inheritance and contains a wonderful scene at Sherlock Holmes' rooms on Baker Str...


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    Professor Nicholas Fenton enters a pact with Satan and goes back in time to bawdy, turbulent Restoration London to prevent a murder that is about to take place. But he falls in love with the intended victim and resolves to alter the course of history...


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    Carr, master of the classic detective novel, is also a master of the historical mystery. Here is a thrilling novel of 1815 London and the incredible characters that made up its world of fashion--and its underworld. "Fast and entertaining reading".--C...






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    The Death Worshippers They all were so very different. The rich old woman with her collection of weird books. The handsome man with his mysterious powers. The beautiful blonde with her come-hither look, and the sweet young thing with something wild ...


  • SEANCE AT CASWALL MOAT It started as an innocent game. Each guest wore the death mask of a famous murderer. The host wore the green mask of the executioner. The doors were locked. A bowl of burning alcohol wavered with a bluish flame. Suddenl...


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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, howeve...


  • Beside the dead body of Sir Maurice Lawes are the shattered fragments of a snuff-box that once belonged to Napoleon. These fragments tell a tale, or rather two tales, one true and one false. Now, an English expert in criminology forces the evidence t...


  • THE POISONING IN GALLOWS LANE Six months after she arrived in Six Ashes, half the men were in love with the beautiful Lesley Grant -- and one of them was going to marry her -- until Sir Harvey Gilman, London murder expert, told him: "That l...




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    THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS What happens when six rational people are invited to Longwood House and one of them is murdered by a gun that comes off the wall by itself and hangs in mid air! Only Dr. Fell can solve the perplexing problem of who sh...


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    A MOST INTERESTING MAN... He was known as a good fellow, a jovial soul. He was a magnificent actor and exceedingly vain. He prided himself on his intelligence, preened over his looks and manners, thrilled in his ability to deceive and lusted in hi...







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    WHICH MAN WAS THE REAL JOHN FARLEIGH? A young man named John Farleigh is rescued from the sinking Titanic and continues on his way to America. Twenty-five years later he inherits a large estate in England and returns there to live. Another man a...


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    Famed French detective Monsieur Bencolin comes out of retirement to solve a crime of passion in Golden Age mystery master John Dickson Carr’s sophisticated and surprising novel London lawyer Richard Curtis is sent to Paris by one of the firm&rs...


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    A purloined breakfast produced a body in a trunk The victim of his own bizarre bet, mystery writer Christopher Kent swindled breakfast at London's Royal Scarlet Hotel -- only to find himself frantically trying to flee a darkened suite whose oc...


  • A classic tale combining hints of the supernatural and an 'impossible' murder. The death of Miles Despard looks simple enough. But then how does the housekeeper see a woman walk through a wall? And how could someone walk through a door that had been ...


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    In the eerie, marble-pillared main hall of the Wade Museum stood an enormous black-hooded carriage with secret windows and polished brass door handles. In the dead of night, Detective Inspector John Carruthers wrenched open the door just as the ni...


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    THE HAND OF A CLOCK POINTS TO DEATH! In the shadowy hallway of the clockmaker's old house a policeman is found murdered, a steel clock hand embedded in his neck. A thing with gilt-painted hands scuttles across London rooftops. These are just t...



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    The bunk's mattress was soaked with blood. The old-fashioned razor was folded shut. But it had been recently used. It was smeared with blood. A voice broke the terrible stillness in the stateroom: "THE BLIND BARBER HAS BEEN HERE TONIGHT!" On ...


  • A tarot card discovered at a murder scene provides a clue for Dr. Gideon FellIn a house in the English countryside, a man has just turned up dead, surrounded by a crime scene that seems, at first glance, to be fairly straightforward. He’s found...


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    A CAB-HORSE IN A BARRISTER'S WIG AND A CORPSE IN A TOP HAT The newspapers dubbed the thief the "Mad Hatter," and his outrageous pranks amused all London. But the laughter turned to horror when a corpse with a crossbow bolt through the...






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    The purpose, the illusion, the spirit of a waxworks. It is an atmosphere of death. It is soundless and motionless... Do you see?Last night Mademoiselle Duchêne was seen heading into the Gallery of Horrors at the Musée Augustin waxworks, ...


  • INTRODUCING DR. FELL The Starberths die of broken necks. That was the legend in the village where Chaterham Prison, abandoned for a hundred years, had kept its secrets of death and terror. Scotland Yard learned of the legend when Martin Starbert...



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    FLAMES OF DEATH The burning body of actor Myron Alison performed a sparkling danse macabre on the castle battlement before plunging to the earth below in a final blaze of glory. Had the legendary magician Maleger--dead for seventeen years--matched...


  • Mystery written in the Golden Age of crime fiction.Carr (1906-1977) is at the top of his game in this taut whodunit first published in 1931.—Publishers Weekly Starred reviewAn early gem from one of the great writers of the classic crime genre.As...