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Fire, Burn!

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  12 reviews
London was wrapped in fog when Inspector John Cheviot got into a twentieth century taxi. The city was still fogbound when he got out - but the cab was a hackney coach, the year was 1829, and murder was a safe and profitable business. There were things Cheviot remembered but couldn't use - like how to analyze fingerprints; and things he didn't know that he could have used - ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published 1957 by Harper
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FIRE, BURN! – Good
John Dickson Carr
Detective-Superintendent John Cheviot enters a cab in the 1950’s in steps out into 1829, whereupon he is called to investigate a robbery which turns into a murder.

This is a story involving time travel and Cheviot’s efforts to apply “modern” investigative methods to an earlier time. While the primary female character seems vapid by today’s standards, Carr clearly researched the language and social morays of that time.
Carr, John Dickson. FIRE, BURN! (1957). ****. Carr, the master of the locked-room mystery, brings us another puzzler. This time, however, our protagonist, Inspector John Cheviot of Scotland Yard, finds himself inexplicably transferred back from twentieth-century London to the year 1829. We don’t learn how this happens until the end of the novel, but it doesn’t really matter. Cheviot finds himself placed in time when the police force of London was established and he was the first to apply for its ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in June 2003.

John Dickson Carr is best known to those interested in old-fashioned crime fiction for his detective Gideon Fell, who solved the many variations on the locked room mystery theme which Carr thought up. Fire, Burn!, though still a locked room mystery, is very different. The detective, John Cheviot, is a Scotland Yard superintendent, who finds himself travelling back in time to 1829, to the earliest days of the Metropolitan Police. This is before th
An engrossing read. I really enjoyed being transported back to Georgian London in 1829 to explore the period that saw the Metropolitan Police of London established. But then I confess to being rather fond of historical detective fiction in general and found this was a good example of the genre.
Pietro De Palma
Superb historical mystery, which according to me, is even greater than "The Devil in Velvet". In addition it has an impossible crime.
Very wonderful.
In Italy, several years ago, this novel was reduced to a television adaptation, with the title "Morte al passo di walzer ("Death to the Waltz step").
This is one of Dickson Carr's historical crime books. Set just as Scotland Yard was being set up. An enjoyable mystery.
Detective travels
To founding of Scotland Yard,
Bangs heads together.
Really very good and very engrossing; hard to put down.
I just don't care for Carr's historical mysteries.
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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 about John Dickson Carr...
The Three Coffins (Dr. Gideon Fell, #6) Hag's Nook (Dr. Gideon Fell, #1) The Burning Court The Crooked Hinge (Dr. Gideon Fell, #8) He Who Whispers (Dr. Gideon Fell, #16)

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