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

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Zebra (first published 1934)
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Jan 22, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
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
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
Karl Øen
Aug 10, 2014 Karl Øen rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Another Fell-caper where JDC makes great use of his usual mis-direction ploy. Every time something really exciting is mentioned, or is about to happen, JDC pulls another rabbit out of his hat, throwing everybody, including the reader, off the scent. Dr.Fell, however, is not easily mislead, despite copious amounts of beer-drinking and pipe-smoking...
Great fun, if you can endure all the twists and turns.
Janne Varvára
Nov 11, 2012 Janne Varvára rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Sep 23, 2015 Rozonda rated it really liked it
I read this mystery novel when I was very young and loved it. Recently I found it again and it's as humorous and well written as I remembered it though, as a professional Tarot reader, the meaning assigned to the Tarot card in the novel still puzzles me.
Nancy Butts
Jul 05, 2016 Nancy Butts rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
#3 in Dr. Gideon Fell series. I liked this book fairly well up until the resolution chapter, where this is far too much exposition. But Carr knew this, and he humorously has one of his characters—a book publisher—complain about the very thing in the detective mysteries prints.

This is a well-done English country house murder, with a semi-locked room aspect, and a clever plot involving concealed identity. Once again, it is narrated by a young man who is only incidental to the plot: not an America
Katherine Rowland
Mar 29, 2016 Katherine Rowland rated it liked it
Shelves: fic-mystery
Not the best Carr novel I've read, but still amusing and interesting. A touch darker than others, and the ending--while it held the usual twist--felt a little like a cop-out.
Aug 11, 2011 J rated it really liked it
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
R.V. Raman
Apr 17, 2016 R.V. Raman rated it really liked it
A healthy dose of nice humour too. Good read.
Ian Durham
Jun 14, 2014 Ian Durham rated it it was amazing
Another typically excellent Carr mystery.
Jul 15, 2012 Gigi rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 22, 2012 Neer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of humour and a decent mystery. All in all, a fun read.

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May 03, 2016 Ronald rated it really liked it
read SOMETIME in 1998
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Jun 05, 2010 Sheila Beaumont rated it it was amazing
Just finished rereading this one for a book discussion. Even more fun than I remembered!
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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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