The Problem of the Wire Cage (Dr. Gideon Fell, #11)
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The Problem of the Wire Cage (Dr. Gideon Fell #11)

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The corpse of Frank Dorrance is discovered in the center of a tennis court and Dr. Gideon Fell searches for the killer.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Zebra (first published 1939)
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Jon McDonald
I really like the style Carr uses in his mysteries. He is always changing perspective from suspect to police and back. This is one of those "locked room" mysteries, good puzzle.
Janne Varvára
The Problem of the Wire Cage tells of a crime where a young man is murdered on a sandy tennis-court devoid of any footprints but his own.
It's another of John Dickson Carr's signature "miracle murders", but in one respect this novel differs from the rest: For the most part, it's told from the viewpoint of two of the suspects, who have first accidentally, then deliberately, tampered with the evidence on the scene.
This book is incredibly entertaining, and an all-round great read, but I think I woul...more
Graham Powell
Frank Dorrance is a rougish you man of 22, engaged to marry Brenda White. Brenda's parents died penniless, and Frank's father was so determined to make a match that he settled an inhertitance on the two of them, provided they marry each other.

Naturally, not everyone is happy about this, and the end result is a dead body lying dead on a tennis court, it's sand and gravel surface unmarked by any footprints except the victims. A baffled Scotland Yard calls in Dr. Gideon Fell to unravel the mystery....more
Marsali Taylor
Back to 'easy' reading after a hard week doing two barrowfuls of pulling-up-ragwort a day - who needs the gym? This JDC was one I'd not read for ages, and I'd forgotten whodunnit, so I had the enjoyment of reading it as if it was a new one. It was among his middle-rankers - there are some which are just not good, and some which are stars - like The Emperor's Snuff Box. The method of murdering a man alone in a tennis court with only his own footprints on wet sand was clever - maybe a bit too clev...more
The prayer of Scotland Yard: Lord, Save us from the well-intentioned efforts of innocent people who in seeking to protect a loved one muck about with clues, bringing suspicions upon themselves, helping the guilty, and incriminating the innocent. Amen. Postscript -- Thank you for Dr Fell! Well, if that prayer is not in the heart, if not on the lips of Superintendent Hadley when he finds himself faced with another "impossible" murder, it should be.

The Wire Cage of the title is the high chain-link...more
Jan C
My copy was published in 1967.

About halfway through, I noticed the title and wondered if they were giving away some valuable clue. But, no, the Wire Cage referred to is a tennis court. I do have problems with the cover art, for, as everyone knows, Dr. Fell wears a shovel hat and this doesn't appear to be one.
Lee Ann
Not his best but still fast and fun. The solution just doesn't hang together. The characters and motivations are there but the explanation of the murder is just too weird. It doesn't play fair. He mention a “missing item” but doesn't tell what it is.
Typical Carr story with Dr Gideon Fell. Twists on the tennis court. Reread this after having read it years ago.
Pietro De Palma
Another masterpeace by Carr.
Master of Locked Rooms, here there's one in a tennis court.
Very beautiful.
This mediocre JDC features the most obliging murder victim in all of detective fiction.
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AKA Carter Dickson.
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 barrister Sir Henry Merrivale, who...more
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