The Eight of Swords (Dr. Gideon Fell, #3)
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The Eight of Swords (Dr. Gideon Fell #3)

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Dr. Fell, detective extraordinary, is back again, more amusing and omniscient than ever. In The Eight of Swords he is faced with the sort of problem in which his acute and devious mind delights.

When a gay spirit took to playing strange pranks in the haunted bedroom at the Grange and the Bishop was seen sliding down the banisters, Scotland Yard was more amused than disturbe...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Zebra (first published August 1st 1934)
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THE EIGHT OF SWORDS. (1986). John Dickson Carr. **.
You can tell by my rating that this novel from Carr featuring Dr. Gideon Fell was not up to his usual standards. It involves the murder of an American living in England for the past five years. He was found in his study, shot through the head. He had the Eight of Swords – a tarot card (though, for some reason, Carr used the spelling Taroc) – clutched in his hand. There were other clues, including the print of a shoe outside the house that could...more
Nancy Oakes
#3 in the Gideon Fell series finds our hero investigating a few rather bizarre occurrences in the English countryside. These happenings include a poltergeist who throws red ink at a visiting vicar, a bishop who fancies himself as a criminologist out on the roof in the middle of the night, and above all else, a murder. The dead man is one Septimus Debbing, who is found clutching a tarot card, the Eight of Swords. Fell has rivals in his investigation: the above-mentioned bishop, the bishop's son...more
Janne Varvára
This is going to be a very mixed review. The thing is, I can't quite make up my mind about the book as a whole.

At first, it was *really* hard getting into this. I found it slow and confusing and had too many people to keep straight for my feeble concentration and gold fish memory.

But after all, it's the plot that's my favorite part. And once that got going, about 20% in, I *really* got interested, and didn't get up until I'd read half the book. It *is* quite intricate however, as in who was who...more
Well, this was certainly different.

Fresh, nearly cynical for such an old book with decidedly modern writing that confuses you, since the references are obviously aging.

I did guess the murderer nearly right off the bat...and since Encyclopedia Brown still occasionally stumps me, this is saying something. ;)

However, the actual plot of the book was keeping me guessing at every twist and turn with the mind-bending logic and plot jumps.

I'd read it again, I'd recommend it, and I'd certainly read anoth...more
Ian Durham
Another typically excellent Carr mystery.
I'm a huge fan of John Dickson Carr, but I've found his books to be hit or miss -- many amazing books, and a few that miss the mark entirely. This book was one of the few I've read that of his that I didn't enjoy very much. A few of the twists and turns in this puzzle of a mystery were interesting, but it came off as overly convoluted rather than clever. I'd recommend sticking to other John Dickson Carr books.
Plenty of humour and a decent mystery. All in all, a fun read.

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Sheila Beaumont
Just finished rereading this one for a book discussion. Even more fun than I remembered!
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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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