Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Fourth Door: The Houdini Murders” as Want to Read:
The Fourth Door: The Houdini Murders
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Fourth Door: The Houdini Murders (Dr. Twist #1)

by
3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Someone has volunteered to spend the night in the haunted room at the Darnley House. The room is sealed by pressing a unique coin, selected moments before, on the wax. But when the door is re-opened, someone else's body is lying there, the seals are unbroken, and the coin has not left the possession of the witness. Things are never what they seem in this classic Golden Age ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by Createspace (first published January 1st 1987)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Fourth Door, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fourth Door

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 124)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
3,5 sao

Review này không spoil nhưng có chê, và nếu bạn nào nhạy có khi cũng tự suy ra được luôn. Nên nếu có ý định đọc cuốn này thì đừng nên xem tiếp. (Mà trước khi đọc bất cứ cuốn truyện trinh thám nào cũng không nên xem review làm gì :p.)

Cuốn này là một sự kế thừa và tiếp nối thể loại trinh thám cổ điển. Vì dòng trinh thám này mình cũng chỉ mới đọc qua Agatha Christie nên tạm lấy sách của bà để so sánh vậy. Có thể ví tiểu thuyết của Agatha là một con đường lớn rộng rãi, khang trang mà lâu lâu
...more
Riju Ganguly
May 11, 2015 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
This is a REALLY GOOD book. If you are an admirer of locked-room mysteries, or would simply like to enjoy a book which, rather than describing grisly details of nubile sophomores getting slaughtered by crazies, actually adhere to the dictum made famous by SHERLOCK: "Brainy is the new sexy", then THIS is the right book for you. I had come across the name of Paul Halter in several threads where John Dickson Carr and other "Golden Age" mystery-writers are discussed. If this book is any reliable exa ...more
Nhi Nguyễn
Lôi cuốn ngay từ đầu và bất ngờ cho đến tận phút cuối :)) Ông tác giả quả là cao tay quá mà ^^

Đọc ngấu nghiến trong chừng 2 ngày là hết veo (mà cái này là do ban ngày đi làm, chỉ đọc được vào ban đêm thôi đó, chớ nếu ở nhà cả ngày thì chắc... trong 1 ngày là đọc hết sách :D). Đúng là những vụ án mạng trong phòng kín không bao giờ thôi hấp dẫn mình he he ^^
Gigi
Mar 05, 2015 Gigi rated it it was amazing
I continue to be impressed with Paul Halter, who is living up to his reputation as a modern-day John Dickson Carr -- the master of locked-room mysteries. The twist at the end of The Fourth Door comes as a complete surprise, but the book is set up so well that it works perfectly. I hope John Pugmire continues to translate more of Paul Halter's clever French-language mysteries.
Colin
Apr 16, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it
First time i've read anything by Paul Halter,it won't be the last,i couldn't put it down!Thoroughly enjoyed this,a magnificent homage to the locked room mysteries of John Dickson Carr.It has everything you could expect,corpse in a locked room?Check!Corpse in a house surrounded by virgin snow?Check!Lots of red herrings and suspects,then when we get to the seeming solution and finale,there's more twists in the tale.
If you've run out of books to read by Dickson Carr,Paul Halter is your man,definite
...more
Justin
Jul 16, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Có thể nói đây là hai câu chuyện đan xen vào nhau giữa quá khứ và hiện tại. Theo như một nhân vật tác giả trong truyện thì những sự việc xảy ra là thật chứ không phải hư cấu, không biết nói sao vì lại thêm hư cầu và hiện thực lại đan xen vào nhau. Bốn cái đan xen trong một tác phẩm hay mang đủ các yếu tố gây cấn, xoắn não và ma mị. Tuy nhiên có vài tình huống đưa ra nhưng cuối truyện xử lý vẫn chưa được tinh tế lắm, ví dụ như cha của Henry gọi điện trước chi chết, nếu còn đủ khả năng gọi một cuộ ...more
Nhitran0210
Truyện hấp dẫn và rất lôi cuốn nhưng khi đọc đến đoạn miêu tả về hành lang trên tầng áp mái thì mình cũng lờ mờ đoán ra được cách thức rồi. Nhưng phần lý giải ở những chương cuối cũng rất thú vị và hồi hộp :D
Loz
Apr 24, 2016 Loz rated it really liked it
Ho, ho, ho! Very twisted and clever and fun. More twists than a braid, but all of them cohesive. Bravo. Finished with a grin.
Pipina
Oct 27, 2015 Pipina rated it really liked it
The basic trick is excellent, worthy of the Master John Dickson Carr himself.
Quatmo
Mar 31, 2016 Quatmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
This is spaciel book, i need to read
Lợn  Siêu Nhân
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Asnipiv
Jul 09, 2012 Asnipiv rated it really liked it
An excellent locked room mystery by paul halter.
The solution to the murder that happens inside the attic room is truly ingenious.It is just like a clever magic trick where it seems so simple once you know the trick.
And to top it,there is one more shocking twist at the end of the book as to the identity of a murderer.
Neer
An effort to uncover the secret of a haunted room ends in death but whose body is that inside the room?

More here:

http://inkquilletc.blogspot.in/2014/1...
Anh Le
Anh Le added it
Jul 22, 2016
Ben Jaundrell
Ben Jaundrell is currently reading it
Jul 11, 2016
Vinh Nguyễn
Vinh Nguyễn rated it it was amazing
Jul 05, 2016
Viet Ha
Viet Ha marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2016
Jellytelly
Jellytelly marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2016
Hercule Perry
Hercule Perry rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2016
Monique
Monique marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2016
Thanh Tuấn
Thanh Tuấn rated it liked it
May 21, 2016
Minh  Nguyen
Minh Nguyen rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2016
Tung Huynh
Tung Huynh rated it really liked it
May 11, 2016
Kavita Tandon
Kavita Tandon marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2016
Jan C
Jan C marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
609526
Paul Halter is a writer of crime fiction known for his locked room mysteries. Halter pursued technical studies in his youth before joining the French Marines in the hope of seeing the world. Disappointed with the lack of travel, he left the military and, for a while, sold life insurance while augmenting his income playing the guitar in the local dance orchestra. He gave up life insurance for a job ...more
More about Paul Halter...

Other Books in the Series

Dr. Twist (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Death Invites You
  • La mort derrière les rideaux
  • La camera del pazzo
  • The Tiger's Head
  • The Seventh Hypothesis
  • The Demon of Dartmoor
  • À 139 pas de la mort
  • La Malédiction de Barberousse
  • The Picture from the Past
  • L'albero del delitto

Share This Book