John Dickson Carr

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John Dickson Carr is best known as the master of the impossible crime novel, penning multiple titles that are held among the greatest of that sub-genre of crime fiction. He was a prolific writer, turning out four novels in a year at his peak – an enormous achievement, particularly given how well regarded those titles are.

I am no expert on Carr having only discovered his work since starting this blog and reviewed a tiny fraction of his output but I have appreciated the guidance of some of my blogging friends who are much better read in his work, particularly JJ at The Invisible Event.

Henri Bencolin

It Walks By Night (1930)
Castle Skull (1931)
The Lost Gallows (1931)
The Waxworks Murder/The Corpse in the Waxworks (1932)
The Four False Weapons (1937)

Dr. Gideon Fell

1932
Hag’s Nook
1933
The Mad Hatter Mystery
1934
The Eight of Swords
1934
The Blind Barber
1935
Death-Watch
1935
The Three Coffins /
The Hollow Man
1936
The Arabian Nights Murder
1938
The Crooked Hinge
1938
To Wake the Dead
1939
The Black Spectacles / The
Problem of the Green Capsule
1939
The Problem of the Wire Cage
1940
The Man Who Could Not
Shudder
1941
The Case of the Constant
Suicides
1942
Death Turns the Tables
1944
‘Til Death Do Us Part
1946
He Who Whispers
1947
The Sleeping Sphinx
1949
Below Suspicion
1958
The Dead Man’s Knock
1960
In Spite of Thunder
1965
The House at Satan’s Elbow
1966
Panic in Box C
1967
Dark of the Moon

Sir Henry Merrivale (As Carter Dickson)

1934
The Plague Court Murders
1934
The White Priory Murders
1935
The Red Widow Murders
1935
The Unicorn Murders
1936
The Magic Lantern Murders /
The Punch and Judy Murders
1937
The Peacock Feather Murders / The Ten Teacups
1938
The Judas Window /
The Crossbow Murder
1938
Death in Five Boxes
1939
The Reader is Warned
1940
And So To Murder
1940
Nine and Death Makes Ten /Murder in the Submarine
Zone
1941
Seeing is Believing /
Cross of Murder
1942
The Gilded Man /
Death and the Gilded Man
1943
She Died a Lady
1944
He Wouldn’t Kill Patience
1945
The Curse of the Bronze
Lamp / Lord of the Sorcerers
1946
My Late Wives
1948
The Skeleton in the Clock
1949
A Graveyard to Let
1950
Night at the Mocking Widow
1952
Behind the Crimson Blind
1953
The Cavalier’s Cup
1991
Merrivale, March and Murder

Non-Series Works as John Dickson Carr

1932
Poison in Jest
1936
The Murder of Sir Edmund
Godfrey
1937
The Burning Court
1942
The Emperor’s Snuff-Box
1950
The Bride of Newgate
1951
The Devil in Velvet
1952
The Nine Wrong Answers
1955
Captain Cut-Throat
1956
Patrick Butler for the Defense
1957
Fire, Burn!
1959
The Scandal at High
Chimneys
1961
The Witch of Low Tide
1962
The Demoniacs
1964
Most Secret
1968
Papa La-Bas
1969
The Ghosts’ High Noon
1971
Deadly Hall
1972
The Hungry Goblin

Non-Series Works as Carter Dickson

The Bowstring Murders (1934)
Drop to His Death/Fatal Descent (1939) (with John Rhode)
The Department of Queer Complaints (1940)
Fear Is the Same (1956)

Author portrait in header image by Howard Coster. © National Portrait Gallery, London. Used under Creative Commons 3.0 licence. This photograph has been slightly cropped.