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The Skeleton in the Clock (Sir Henry Merrivale #18)

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That old expert on supernatural phenomena, the famous Sir Henry Merrivale, prods the police into re-opening the Fleet case twenty years after it has been written off as a death by accident, and has himself a rollicking time tracking down the most vicious killer in his long and colorful career.

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Sir Henry Merrivale:
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Paperback, BT51194, 0 pages
Published September 1st 1977 by Banner of Truth (first published 1948)
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The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr) is the eighteenth mystery starring Sir Henry Merrivale and it features murder past and present. Twenty years ago Sir George Fleet took a tumble off the roof of Fleet House while watching the local hunt. When witnesses with binoculars and a telescope swore that no one came near him before the fall and no one was on the roof after, Sir George's death is put down as an accident. More recently, three postcards are delivered to the ...more
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Mar 18, 2011 Lisa Kucharski rated it it was ok
The paperback book I was reading practically crumbled in my hands, but I made it through. At one point I was getting a bit aggravated by the continuous love angle of a main character... but I pursued. The main problem I have with the two books I've read from this series is that the main "detective" is not featured as prominently as the man with the love interest. So, while the mysteries are fun... the romance aspect can get a bit "mushy."

This story focuses on solving a past crime and a current c
William Bibliomane
A middling Merrivale mystery, with some nice elements and fun to it, but a bit batty all the same.

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Apr 20, 2008 Patrick\ rated it really liked it
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Merrivale is a character of spirit - and knows human nature. Read all you can of him.

Remember Dickson Carr and Carter Dickson are the same person.
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As usual, an amusing Sir Henry Merrivale story.
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Shelves: mystery, own
19th in Sir Merrivale series. 1948.
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Recommends it for: Those who enjoy mysteries set in the past
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1930s mystery.
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