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The Plague Court Murders (Sir Henry Merrivale #1)

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There had always been whispers of ghosts when people spoke of the deserted and sinister old mansion in Plague Court; and when Chief-Inspector Masters, genial ghost-layer of the London police, broke into the little stone house in the rear court, he found the body of Darworth, the medium, stabbed to death on the floor. The door had been bolted from within and locked from wit ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Intl Polygonics Ltd (first published 1934)
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Nancy Oakes
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 ...more
Jill Hutchinson
This is the first Sir Henry Merrivale mystery written by John Dickson Carr under his nom de plume of Carter Dickson. The recognized master of the "locked room" story. Carr doesn't cheat the reader by introducing trapdoors, hidden rooms, or other such devices to solve the mystery. Instead he illustrates how the crime could have been committed without resorting to those overworked contrivances, however far-fetched the solution. In this entry, Merrivale is called in to solve the murder of a fake ps ...more
Janne Varvára
Hmm... This is actually the first John Dickson Carr (or Carter Dickson, as this is published under) novel I haven't instantly taken a liking to.
I'm very surprised at that, and I'm inclined to blame my unstable, unfocusable head for the trouble.

However, I found it confusing from the word go.
Naturally, and true to form, John Dickson Carr's murder plots are about as intricate and complicated as they come, but for some reason, I found it hard to keep the characters apart, which muddled the whole th
Jack Chapman
Like many people I often complain about the unjustifiable price of ebooks compared to paperback prices (even before factoring in the cost of the reading device). This week I came across a good article in The Verge pointing out that price isn't the only scandal. So what do publishers do to make their e-product worth the cost? Nothing it seems. The article is worth a read
The Verge

I bought a Kindle edition of The Plague Court Murders from Amazon's US store, published by Langtail Press. Now to be f
This book introduces my favorite fictional detective, "H.M.", aka Sir Henry Merrivale, aka "The Maestro," aka "Mycroft," aka "The Old Man," among other nicknames. This book is the first featuring one of Carter Dickson/ John Dickson Carr's two major detectives (the other being Gideon Fell.) H.M. is cranky, lazy, rude, and brilliant. Often he is extremely funny as well, though more so in the later books in the series. He is like a more aggressive Nero Wolfe, or a fatter and more gregarious Sherloc ...more
Marina Yakimova
There is something about this book that kept me unwilling to keep reading it. All the explanations and descriptions were more like "hiding"&"confusing" than "revealing". All the characters were often named by their first name that wasn't mentioned before that, so I kept being confused about who is who. The "main" character, according to the text on the back, appeared long after I have lost hope and thought that maybe there was some mistake with the name. All the detective's names were starti ...more
Jan C
This was about 3 1/2 stars.

It took too long to wrap up. It seemed to take forever for Merrivale to explain the whole thing.

I certainly didn't get it.

Carter Dickson a/k/a John Dickson Carr is the master of the closed room murder.
Tim Deforest
Very good Locked Room murder mystery with a fun lead character.
This was my first time reading a book featuring Sir Henry Merrivale. I have a suspicion, I have read short-stories with him before because the name and description was very, very familiar. I thought starting by the first book written with him was the right place to begin my exploration.

I thought the mystery took a little time setting up. I guess the first chapters before the first murder (I think with the title being what it is this is not a spoiler!), where there's a lot of set-up which pays of
Mastugae Kiyoaki
sad to realize that i have seen the trick before
I wasn't sure about this book at the start. The backstory about the history of the house (Plague Court is the name of a house) was a bit too old-fashioned and gothic for me. Once H.M. comes into it the pace picked up considerably and once the mystery of the locked room started to unravel I couldn't put it down.
Ken Bates has been invited by his friend Dean Halliday out to the family estate. It seems that one Louis Playge, an infamous murderer, is haunting the family. When a famous psychic is killed in a locked room with police right outside the door, they have to call in the famous Sir Merivale for help.
A Rajan
Full of atmosphere, intricately plotted, and with well drawn characters, this is the first in the Merrivale series, and although not the best, it's quite a fun read. It's primary problem to my mind is the somewhat contrived solution.
This was one of the best books i have ever read. It's 100% captivating, and full of deduction. A "must read" for Locked Room Mysteries fans if you ask me
Peter di Lorenzi
One of the best --- and certainly the eeriest --- of the Sir Henry mysteries
Pietro De Palma
A debut with a bang. Beautiful novel with a exceptional Locked Room
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