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The Devil in Velvet (1994 Ed)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Professor Nicholas Fenton enters a pact with Satan and goes back in time to bawdy, turbulent Restoration London to prevent a murder that is about to take place. But he falls in love with the intended victim and resolves to alter the course of history. Breathless pace and ingenious plotting.--New York Times.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1951)
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Lynne King
I wrote this review in December and never put a rating on it and so it has just been sitting in the "ether" in Goodreads. It has now seen the light of day!

My husband John recommended this book to me and because I loved it so much, as a result I think I now have all the John Dickson Carr (AKA Carter Dickson) books; over eighty in total. These are wonderful mysteries and quite a few from the Golden Age in the 30s/40s.

I’ve often wondered why this incredible book by John Dickson Carr has never been
Sep 09, 2015 Marina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marina by: Lynne King
I had no idea what I was getting into when my friend Lynne recommended this to me (see her review here).

My copy is a green penguin from the 1950s so I was expecting a crime novel. And so it is. There’s a murder mystery but there’s also time travel and a pact (or two) with the devil. Add a little romance, a generous dose of intrigue and plenty of swordplay and it all adds up to a lot of fun! I think John Dickson Carr was enjoying himself when he wrote this and that certainly comes through. This d
What a book. An very intricate mystery wrapped up in detailed historical fiction with romance and time travel to boot. Oh yeah. And a pact with Satan.

Nicholas Fenton, a Cambridge professor of history, makes a deal with Satan to travel back to the Restoration--an era of British history that fascinates him. As part of the transaction, he will be transported into the body of wealthy swashbuckling younger man; a man whose wife is destined for a murder Fenton feels he could prevent. Pretty much a dr
A deal with the devil, time travel, body-switching, mystery and witchery and a late 17th century setting. I expected horror but it's more mystery and a little romance. This book really struck a note with me and is one of the few that I've taken the time to reread. It was part of a series of JD Carr reprints of historical mysteries (others were BRIDE OF NEWGATE and FIRE, BURN) but this was head and shoulders above the rest. I tracked down a hardcover copy a few years ago and added it to my perman ...more
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I'd heard about this book for years but somehow hadn't come across it until recently. The writing is superb, as are the details of life under Charles II. The characters came to life, as did the location of London. In fact, I enjoyed the story more as an historical romance than as a mystery, although the mystery is an intriguing one. The fantasy elements blend well with the rest of the plot. Nice to find the book lives up to its reputation.
Sheri South
Wow! A totally unexpected plot twist just past the 2/3 point (when our hero Professor Fenton, aka Sir Nick, is told who is behind several attempts to kill him) and another right before the end (when the true poisoner of Lady Fenton is revealed) compelled me to stay awake until 2:30 am to finish this time-travel thriller set (mostly) in Restoration England.
Melissa Mackenzie
Fast-paced Restoration romp! Dickson Carr absolutely transports his reader (not to mention his main characters!) back in time to the bawdy times of the 1670's to prevent a murder! The author includes lots of fascinating historically accurate details of the sights, sounds, etc (and even some true historical figures!) of London at the time without taking away from the story which is always full of action and intrigue!
Diana Sandberg
This is apparently a classic and I did rather enjoy it. Carr completely circumvented my usual objections to time-travel stories – there are no pseudo-scientific explanations, the hero travelled back to the Restoration via a deal with the devil. So there. Somehow, I find that less problematic. Anyhow, it was kind of fun; I liked the device of the main character struggling over possession of his 17th-century body with the original inhabitant. I found the love story angle unconvincing, however. Ah ...more
Norman Howe
A professor makes a deal with the devil to travel back to the seventeenth century and solve a murder. But will Nick Fenton save his wife's life"," or lose his soul? Mystery"," fantasy"," and history combine.
Excellent, but I had two knock it a star for two reasons. 1.) Sometimes JDC overdoes the historical details, which go past creating a believable world and become, at times, painstaking. I loved the first few sword fights, but by the end I was done--although the latter was more due to the pacing. Unlike most JDCs, this one's ending is poorly paced. 2.) Yep, the pace. It takes a while to pick up and then the last 50 pages are a little rocky. Overall, a great read, don't get me wrong.

For a more tr
Thomas Burchfield
"The results are tremendously entertaining, written with precise and vivid color, narrative dash, and great humor. The Devil in Velvet never ceases to enthrall and delight. (It’s one of those books I’d throw at Nabokov and Edmund Wilson when they start carping against genre fiction)."

More of my review of this delightful uproarious tale at:
Catherine Hill
This is a time travel mystery. A man of the 1930s has become so fascinated with an unfinished Restoration England journal that he makes a pact with the Devil to go back and find out what actually happened. One of the really interesting things is his reaction to the reality of everyday life (even royal life) in the 1660s. ...more
Loved it. About to read 'Most Secret' which was difficult to get, then 'The Bride of Newgate' which is set in 16th Century, as this one is. A good historical novel, well-researched.
A really good read chockablock with details of everyday life during the Restoration.
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AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.

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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