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The Problem of the Green Capsule (Dr. Gideon Fell #10)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  333 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
According to Marcus Chesney, eye-witnesses were unreliable. To observe something, then to relate accurately what was just seen, he felt was impossible.

To prove his point, Chesney set up a test. With witnesses looking on, he calmly sat still while a sinister scarecrow of a man entered the room, walked over to him...and murdered him!

All the suspects were witnesses; each coul
Paperback, #101, 245 pages
Published July 1947 by Bantam (first published 1939)
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Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent mystery with a wonderfully shrewd plot and keeps the reader engaged throughout. Dr. Gideon Fell, with his several chins and gargantuan presence is easily one of the most endearing sleuths ever created and he is in top form here. If you will ever read only one book featuring Dr. Fell, then I may not recommend this one, but I will recommend it in all other cases.
Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee
Hercule Poirot's Christmas, The Second Gong and this one, are the best examples of what a cozy murder mystery is like. Ideally suited to be a tightly knit play with the actors continuously challenging the reader to see beyond what is apparent. And thankfully none of Carr's habit of distracting readers with obscure passages. Love it!
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Carr on top form with this one.He sometimes over does the red herrings and possible suspects but this one is pitched just right.Not a locked room mystery as such this time,rather a murder committed in front of several watching witnesses and filmed at the same time!Highly recommended.
Koji Mukai
Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
One of the best whodunit ever written.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Thoroughly enjoyed this mystery which, though not a locked room, falls happily into the impossible crime sub-genre. There are two instances of poisoning that take place in this novel which may, or may not, be linked. The first involves some children who consume the poison in the form of some chocolates purchased from a shop in the village. The second takes place when a man organizes a demonstration of how he believes that first crime may have been committed, swallowing a pill during the performa ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Masterly but inorganic as a result of man-made intrigues.

Terrific pacing, but with intuited villainy and badly repressed feelings of the layman that make it seem like Hollywood-ish nostalgia of the 1930s.

Still, fun like sin...
Ian Durham
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Carr and classic Fell. One of the better ones, in fact.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
John Dickson Carr is one of the grand masters of the locked room and the [apparently] impossible crime. And, of course, The Problem of the Green Capsule is another such specimen. It begins with Dr. Marcus Chesney lecturing his household and associates on the fact that eyewitnesses are unreliable--that, as has often been said, if ten people observe the same incident then ten different versions will be told. And, as he later writes in a letter to Dr. Gideon Fell, "Show them a black-and-white recor ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carr, John Dickson. THE PROBLEM OF THE GREEN CAPSULE. (1939). ***. This is a Dr. Gideon Fell mystery, which right away tells you that it is a locked-room mystery. This time, though, it’s not quite a locked room, and the author plays lots of tricks with us to make it all work. There is a poisoner loose in the small village. First, candies in the local candyshop have been poisoned, causing the death of one young boy and the severe illness of several others. Nobody can figure out how the candies we ...more
Nancy Butts
#10 in the Gideon Fell series, original British title “The Black Spectacles.” The series keeps getting stronger and stronger with each new volume. Although I didn’t like this one quite as much as #9, To Wake the Dead, this is still an excellent puzzle that revolves around the psychological fact that no two eyewitnesses to the same scene will ever describe it in exactly the same way. A wealthy peach-grower is obsessed with demonstrating this fact—especially to one of his neighbors, a know-it-all ...more
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AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.

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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