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She Died a Lady (Sir Henry Merrivale #14)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"Dr. Luke," said Rita Wainright, "I'm terribly, horribly in love with Barry Sullivan."

"What about your husband?"

"He doesn't know!"

But was Alec Wainright ignorant of the fact that his beautiful young wife was having an affair? And what possible solution was there for Rita and Barry with Alec standing in their way, so old, so ill, and so devoted?

Then one black night the unex
Published December 1st 1987 by Zebra (first published 1943)
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Jan C
Nov 22, 2012 Jan C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the locked room, fans of John Dickson Carr
Shelves: england, 2012, sleuth
Well, he stumped me again. I suspected just about everybody but the one who did it.

This one is kind of a reverse of the "locked room" for the master of the locked room. Here, his victims disappeared off a cliff. There is a roaring sea below. Was it suicide or murder?

You'd expect their bodies to be bruised and battered. Well, yes, they were, but they were also shot. Did they shoot themselves? What did they do with the gun, if they did?

This is really bugging Dr. Luke who was picked as a witness. L
Janne Varvára
Mar 19, 2016 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Classic and highly enjoyable Carr mystery, where the mechanics of the crime are intricate and quite impossible to guess at, with an easily distinguishable cast of characters. Recommended!
Apr 12, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this.Though one of Carr's later works,where the quality started to decline I thought this up there with some of his very best.No locked rooms this time,instead mysterious footprints leading out to Lovers Leap.Some very humorous passages with Merrivale confined to a motorised wheelchair and great finale.The clues are there but yet again I guessed wrong.One day! Recommended.
Paul Dumont
Intriguing potboiling puzzler that springs its solutions to the impossible crimes committed slightly out of left-field. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite convinced that the characters Dickson portrays could be quite as ingenious or clever as Dickson himself in coming up with his impossible crime scenario. Still, I did enjoy the setting (1940, as the tide of war is turning against Britain) and there are some wonderful chapter endings that beg the reader to turn the page, such as:

"Look here, " he said
Nov 14, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
A clever whodunnit...didn't guess the ending. A bit potboilerish though.
Sep 16, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An interesting little mystery set in the early days of WWII Britain as people were just getting used to blackouts and bombings. An apparent double suicide is proclaimed to be a double murder. A worthy number of red herrings and reasonable suspects. It's always the one you don't suspect.

The electric wheelchair was a hoot and Sir Henry Merrivale is quite the detective. He reminds me a lot of Crispen's Gideon Fell.
Pietro De Palma
May 15, 2013 Pietro De Palma rated it it was amazing
One of the best masterpieces by Carr.
It's the darkest among his novels, with a great Locked Room variation, and an atmosphere very dark and sad. The psychological analysis of the characters, is very strong.
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