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The Cavalier's Cup (Sir Henry Merrivale #22)

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A singular request from the young and delectable Lady Brace starts Sir Henry Merrivale on his most diverting case.
Uneasily teamed with his old rival, Chief Inspector Masters of Scotland Yard, the indefatigable 'H.M.' investigates the extraordinary happenings in the seventeenth-century Oak Room at Old Telford Hall - home of the fabulous Cavalier's Cup.
Published 1960 by Pan Books Ltd. London (first published 1953)
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery
This is the second Sir Henry Merrivale novel I’ve read. Written by John Dickson Carr, writing as Carter Dickson, these novels always have a chaotic and frenetic (almost P. G. Wodehouse) pace. The Cavalier’s Cup is a locked-door mystery with a twist. The inexplicable event which sets off the investigation isn’t a murder and it isn’t a theft. Indeed, it is the lack of the latter that makes the motive and the event so unclear as to encourage an investigation.

Where Holmes had to deal with his Inspec
I discovered something while reading Carter Dickson's The Cavalier's Cup. I discovered what was missing from The Case of the Blind Barber (written under the author's real name John Dickson Carr)--Sir Henry Merrivale. Merrivale is a marvelous, larger-than-life, almost farcical character who would have been down-right perfect on as a passenger on board the Queen Victoria and taking part in the shenanigans that take place in Blind Barber. That would have worked so much better than having a member o ...more
J.V. Seem
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Heavier on the humor than the crime this time, but quite an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Sheila Beaumont
There's no murder in this mystery, but it's a locked-room puzzler that has one of the author's trademark intricate solutions. While reading it, I was laughing as if it were one of P.G. Wodehouse's hilarious tales about Bertie Wooster or Lord Emsworth, and I wasn't really paying much attention to the mystery itself. Sir Henry Merrivale is one of the funniest sleuths ever created. He's sort of like Mr. Toad of The Wind in the Willows, pursuing one wild enthusiasm after another. This time he's taki ...more
James Saunders
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I read it about 10 years ago and the first time probably 30 years ago. The author creates a puzzle. Sir Henry Merrivale is a shrewd funny character. He solves the puzzle but he also gives all the elements so that reader can solve the puzzle. I think that the author really enjoys writing the Sir Henry Merrivals books. It allows him to play with so many items some of which are romantic and many of them are funny. A combination of a mystery and belly laughs for the reade ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Merrivale books always contain humour,but this is more like a farce at times,with the characters a little annoying.
Not one of Carr's best,but still worth a read.The solution to the locked room is nothing more than satisfactory.This is the last of the Merrivale books i believe,probably the best decision!
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
The last of Sir Henry Merrivale novels, it would have been much better if he didn't have to drag his own increasingly conservative political views into this.
Irfan Nurhadi
You wouldn't get the statisfaction until you reached the last chapter (the summation)..
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dickson-carr
Merrivale, whose jolly and imposing personality goes anywhere, solves any problem, including murder. Sir Henry is a terrific, oddball, irrepressible English character.
Jeanette Johnson
A little lack-lustre...
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very difficult in the beginning but if you power through there is a delightful locked room mystery there at the end.
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“...both Tom and I adore detective stories. Isn't that so, Tom?" [Lady Brace]
"Right!" agreed her husband...."But they've got to be proper detective stories. They've got to present a tricky, highly sophisticated problem, which you're given fair opportunity to solve."
"And," amplified Virginia, "no saying they're psychological studies when the author can't write for beans."
"Correct!" her husband agreed again. "Couldn't care less when you're supposed to get all excited as to whether the innocent man will be hanged or the innocent heroine will be seduced. Heroine ought to be seduced; what's she there for? The thing is the mystery. It's not worth reading if the mystery is simple or easy or no mystery at all.”
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