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The Plague Court Murders: A Sir Henry…
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The Plague Court Murders: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery (Sir Henry… (original 1934; udgave 2021)

af John Dickson Carr (Forfatter), Michael Dirda (Introduktion)

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The first Sir Henry Merrivale mystery from Golden Age author John Dickson Carr When Dean Halliday becomes convinced that the malevolent ghost of Louis Playge is haunting his family estate in London, he invites Ken Bates and Detective-Inspector Masters along to Plague Court to investigate. Arriving at night, they find his aunt and fiancee preparing to exorcise the spirit in a seance run by psychic Roger Darworth. While Darworth locks himself in a stone house behind Plague Court, the seance proceeds, and at the end he is found gruesomely murdered. But who, or what, could have killed him? All the windows and doors were bolted and locked, and no one could have gotten inside. The only one who can solve the crime in this bizarre and chilling tale is locked-room expert Sir Henry Merrivale.… (mere)
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Titel:The Plague Court Murders: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery (Sir Henry Merrivale Mysteries)
Forfattere:John Dickson Carr (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Michael Dirda (Introduktion)
Info:American Mystery Classics (2021), 284 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Plague Court Murders af Carter Dickson (1934)

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Enjoyed the first half of this much more than latter. So much explaining. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 19, 2021 |
Very grim background story about the Great Plague of 1666. The mystery itself is competent as usual. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 19, 2014 |
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Un classico enigma della camera chiusa che lascia anche il lettore più allenato a memorizzare ogni singolo particolare nell'incertezza fin verso la fine. Unica pecca: lo scioglimento post-individuazione del colpevole troppo troppo lungo e che, nonsotante la prolissità, lascia qualche interrogativo sospeso.
  ShanaPat | Jul 18, 2012 |
The Plague Court Murders is the first in a series featuring Sir Henry Merrivale, noted expert on crime, barrister, physician and all around smart guy when it comes to solving the unsolvable. Carter Dickson is one of the pseudonyms of Golden-Age mystery writer John Dickson Carr, and this book definitely falls within at category. The reader is presented with an impossible crime, with several suspects and a number of red herrings. In the introduction to this edition, it is noted that Carr was a fan of the great Houdini, as well as spiritualism and haunted-house stories; he combined elements of all three in putting together this story.

As it begins, a Mr. Dean Halliday is explaining to Ken Blake that his family home, called Plague Court, is supposedly haunted, and he invites Blake and another friend, Inspector Masters, to go with him that very night to attend a seance. Masters is interested because the seance will be handled by Roger Darworth, who is a subject under surveillance by the police, along with his medium, Joseph. But during the seance something goes terribly wrong, and Darworth, who is alone, and locked in to a small stone building on the property, ends up murdered. The police are totally baffled by this impossible crime, and turn to Sir Henry Merrivale (often called "Mycroft") for help.

Like a lot of Carr's work, this one is a bit long, and the prose a bit stilted and sometimes archaic. The language may try the patience of modern mystery readers (it was written in the 1930s), and also, we don't really meet Sir Henry until late in the game. The story just kind of drags until after Darworth's murder, when it begins only then to pick up some speed. And, while the core mystery is well plotted, I wasn't overwhelmed by the solution. I will say that it was fun watching things unravel, and I was definitely wrong in my choice of murderer.

As noted, modern mystery readers may be a bit put off by the language and the slowness of the story at times, but those readers who are fans of books written during the Golden Age of Mystery will probably enjoy it. ( )
2 stem bcquinnsmom | Nov 28, 2009 |
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The first Sir Henry Merrivale mystery from Golden Age author John Dickson Carr When Dean Halliday becomes convinced that the malevolent ghost of Louis Playge is haunting his family estate in London, he invites Ken Bates and Detective-Inspector Masters along to Plague Court to investigate. Arriving at night, they find his aunt and fiancee preparing to exorcise the spirit in a seance run by psychic Roger Darworth. While Darworth locks himself in a stone house behind Plague Court, the seance proceeds, and at the end he is found gruesomely murdered. But who, or what, could have killed him? All the windows and doors were bolted and locked, and no one could have gotten inside. The only one who can solve the crime in this bizarre and chilling tale is locked-room expert Sir Henry Merrivale.

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