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The Unicorn Murders by Carter Dickson
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THE UNICORN MURDERS. (1935). Carter Dickson. ***.
A semi-preposterous tale involving double and triple impersonations. It’s a spy/murder mystery novle from Dickson (a/k/a John Dickson Car) that features the gray cells of Sir Henry Merrivale. The focus of the story is the murder of at least two men using some kind of strange murder weapon. The killer used this instrument masterfully. It left a large hole in the victim’s forehead that was larger than a bullet hole, but was withdrawn after use. The penetration was about four inches into the brain. That’s a quick and dirty way to be killed. It was Merrivale who ultimately solved the problem of what weapon was used, and who the killer actually was. There are lots of red herrings in this plot, complicated by all the suspects playing musical rooms in a cavernous castle set in southern France. There is also a love interest, but Dickson isn’t very good at those. In all, it’s a passable read from this highly respected writer.
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