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Death in Five Boxes (Sir Henry Merrivale #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A cosy late evening party, a cocktail or two…and a nasty murder. So begins the baffling case of the killing of Felix Haye. Five people had a motive, but not one had the opportunity to poison the drinks – and poisoned they were. Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters clamors for clues from Egyptian mummies and clever clerks while Sir Henry Marrivale spots the legerdemain, and it’ ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1982 by Bantan (first published 1938)
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DEATH IN FIVE BOXES. (1938). Carter Dickson. ***.
As we know, the name Carter Dickson was a pseudonym used by American writer, John Dickson Carr (1906-1977). As Carter Dickson, the author uses a series protagonist, Sir Henry Merrivale, and attendent representative from Scotland Yard, Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters. In this case, it is discovered that a small private party has turned into a tragedy. Of the five people at the gathering, four were found poisoned by atropine, and the fifth, the sp
J.V. Seem
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was addictive from page one: A group of people at a party are all drugged. Once everyone's unconscious, someone stabs and murders the host.
It's hard sometimes to find new and interesting things to say about John Dickson Carr novels, simply because I read so many, and because all of them have the same great quality, the author never seeming to have a bad writing day, as evident with other writers.
However, I did pick up on two things that stuck out in this one: First, it's actually pretty com
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Un polar à l'ancienne très sympa, des personnages tous aussi menteurs les uns que les autres et un Sir Henry Merrivale parfait pour dénouer tous les mystères.
Graham Powell
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book thirty years ago or more, when I was a teenager, and I thought it was really good. I'm glad to see that it still holds up.

A stockbroker, known as something of an eccentric, throws a dinner party for three of his acquaintances. Despite the fact that the cocktails are prepared in full view of all of them, someone doses them with atropine, leaving them insensible. And then runs the host through with a swordstick.

Sir Henry Merrivale is drawn into the case, and manages to sort
Similar premise to Christie's Cards on the Table, but with an impossible poisoning angle. How the poisonings were done is fairly easy to work out--this would be a good Carr for newbies--though the fact that none of the investigators asks a Certain Obvious Question is simply not believable. Good misdirection regarding the culprit's identity. However, the situations (romantic and otherwise) in which the protagonist manages to entangle himself are frequently ludicrous.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Everything about this book was great. a perfect mysterious atmosphere. number of suspects and a little bit of thrill. but i was dissappointed in the grand finale. i was expecting some grander solution .some speculative surprise. As is a saying in hindi "Khoda pahad nikla chuha" (which means- dug a mountain, found a mouse) although the process of digging the mountain was enjoyable. excluding the conclusion this book would get 4-5 stars.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic old school locked door impossible whodunit. Dickson (really John Dickson Carr) is truly a master mystery craftsman and this one is chock full of aristrocratic suspects with checkered pasts, red herrings galore, delightful characters, romance and action. And all in under two hundred pages! A total pleasure.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Merrivale marathon continues apace and this one is a doozy.Really enjoyed this one,contains all the usual Carr hallmarks,it's complex,red herrings a plenty and just when you think something will be revealed it cuts to a different locale and character.
Highly recommended!
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
A fun murder mystery. Eh, not that murder should be fun, mind you. But this mystery was quite comical in a sense – quite unreal, really. I enjoyed it.
Mar 27, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, own
8th in Sir Merrivale series. 1938.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was highly interesting. I would definitely recommend it. You are not going to be able to put it down until it's finished. :)
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