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He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr

He Who Whispers (original 1946; edition 2010)

by John Dickson Carr (Author)

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Title:He Who Whispers
Authors:John Dickson Carr (Author)
Info:Langtail Press Limited (2010), Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Collections:Your library, Electronic books, Kindle books, Core Collection
Tags:mystery, British mystery, 20th century mystery, pre-Elizabethan (II) mystery, unread, Dr. Gideon Fell

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He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr (1946)



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This is set just at the end of World Wr 2. Miles Hammond, home in England from the war, falls in love with Fay Seton, a woman who has a sinister reputation. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Sep 5, 2014 |
John Dickson Carr was one of the best "Golden Age Detective" story writers of his time. This book was written in 1945, and it is a true classic. It has all the Carr hallmarks - an impossible locked-door crime, a taste of the supernatural; great settings (there are two here), and an impossibly evil villain. His books are very complex and very difficult to figure out. There are actually two crimes in this book. One was committed in France just before the war, and the other was attempted in England just after the war. Of course we are treated to Gideon Fell doing the detective work here, and let me tell you if you haven't read any books about Carr's Gideon Fell, you are in for a treat. And boy can Carr characterize. He has the knack of bringing to life wonderful characters in a very short time. His books are not that long. But they are filled with tension and even today, are not easy to put down. ( )
2 vote Romonko | Feb 15, 2009 |
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'A Dinner of the Murder Club - our first meeting in more than five years - will be held at Beltring's Restaurant on Friday, June 1st, at 8:30 p.m.'
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A few months after the end of World War II, Miles Hammond is invited to the first meeting of the Murder Club in five years. When he arrives, no one else is there except Barbara Morell and Professor Rigaud. When no one else shows up, Rigaud tells the story of Fay Seton.

Seton was a young girl, working for the Brookes family. She fell in love with Harry Brookes, and the two became engaged. But Harry's father, Howard, did not approve. One day, he agreed to meet Fay in a tower—all that remained of a burned-out chateau. It was a secure location on a lonely waterfront, and was the perfect place for such a meeting. Harry and Professor Rigaud left Howard alone at ten minutes before four. When they returned, fifteen minutes later, Howard had been stabbed, and the sword-cane that did it was found in two pieces beside his body. At first it seemed an open-and-shut case, but a family that was picnicking a few feet from the entrance of the tower swore that no one entered the tower in those fifteen minutes, that no boat came near the tower, and no one could have climbed up, because the nearest window was fifteen feet off the ground. The only one with any motive was Fay Seton, who was believed to be able to bring a vampire to life and terrorize people.

Miles quickly becomes involved in the affair because the new librarian he just hired is Fay Seton.
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