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The Problem of the Green Capsule (Dr. Gideon Fell #10)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  289 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Book by Carr, John Dickson
Paperback, 223 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Intl Polygonics Ltd (first published 1939)
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Jun 23, 2016 Kalyan rated it really liked it
This is an excellent mystery with a wonderfully shrewd plot and keeps the reader engaged throughout. Dr. Gideon Fell, with his several chins and gargantuan presence is easily one of the most endearing sleuths ever created and he is in top form here. If you will ever read only one book featuring Dr. Fell, then I may not recommend this one, but I will recommend it in all other cases.
Apr 07, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carr on top form with this one.He sometimes over does the red herrings and possible suspects but this one is pitched just right.Not a locked room mystery as such this time,rather a murder committed in front of several watching witnesses and filmed at the same time!Highly recommended.
Koji Mukai
Jun 07, 2009 Koji Mukai rated it it was amazing
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One of the best whodunit ever written.
John Dickson Carr is one of the grand masters of the locked room and the [apparently] impossible crime. And, of course, The Problem of the Green Capsule is another such specimen. It begins with Dr. Marcus Chesney lecturing his household and associates on the fact that eyewitnesses are unreliable--that, as has often been said, if ten people observe the same incident then ten different versions will be told. And, as he later writes in a letter to Dr. Gideon Fell, "Show them a black-and-white recor ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Tony rated it liked it
Carr, John Dickson. THE PROBLEM OF THE GREEN CAPSULE. (1939). ***. This is a Dr. Gideon Fell mystery, which right away tells you that it is a locked-room mystery. This time, though, it’s not quite a locked room, and the author plays lots of tricks with us to make it all work. There is a poisoner loose in the small village. First, candies in the local candyshop have been poisoned, causing the death of one young boy and the severe illness of several others. Nobody can figure out how the candies we ...more
Nancy Butts
May 28, 2016 Nancy Butts added it
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#10 in the Gideon Fell series, original British title “The Black Spectacles.” The series keeps getting stronger and stronger with each new volume. Although I didn’t like this one quite as much as #9, To Wake the Dead, this is still an excellent puzzle that revolves around the psychological fact that no two eyewitnesses to the same scene will ever describe it in exactly the same way. A wealthy peach-grower is obsessed with demonstrating this fact—especially to one of his neighbors, a know-it-all ...more
Barry Cunningham
Dec 15, 2012 Barry Cunningham rated it really liked it
Eye-witnesses are unreliable.
Marcus Chesney set up a test to demonstrate this where nothing was as it seemed.
But, alas, things were not as they seemed to Marcus Chesney either, and it cost him his life.
It takes Gideon Fell to unravel this web of delusion and illusion upon illusion.
Another classic John Dickson Carr puzzler.
Jul 05, 2015 Arigemu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En primer lugar, gracias Borges y Bioy Casares por El Séptimo Círculo, cada obra que recopilaron me deja satisfecha.

Ahora sí: disfruté mucho este libro. No es una obra maestra pero a quien le gusta la novela policial tradicional, le resultará entretenido, agradable y enrevesado. Es una buena lectura para un fin de semana sin nada que hacer.
This book caught me from the first few pages and didn't let me go until the end. In mysteries, I usually enjoy the process more than finding out who did it, and the author was brilliant in keeping me on the edge of my seat.
Sep 27, 2012 Meo rated it it was amazing
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Sep 05, 2014 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting setting for a locked-room murder mystery. A murder actually filmed and no one can figure it out! Despite that it wasn't one of Carr's best. Don't believe anything that's said. Clues in the minute details. Beware of red herrings!
An interesting premise that simply flounders.

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Oct 07, 2014 Jilles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic crime from one of the authors of the golden age. Another brain twister from the locked room master.
Pietro De Palma
May 02, 2013 Pietro De Palma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un eccellente romanzo di Carr.
Ovvero come il dotto Fell possa riuscire a dimostrare che un assassino può essere nello stesso istante in due luoghi diversi.
A complete tour-de-force of intricate plotting and misdirection.
Bill Reinehr
Jan 10, 2013 Bill Reinehr rated it really liked it
Somewhat standard fare from one of the former giants of mystery fiction. Rather clever and well written.
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John Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1906. It Walks by Night, his first published detective novel, featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin, was published in 1930. Apart from Dr Fell, whose first appearance was in Hag's Nook in 1933, Carr's other series detectives (published under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) were the b
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