The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr (1940)

There are stories about Longwood House with its reputation for strange deaths and bizarre incidents. A death, over a century previous, attributed to witchcraft; an elderly, and reputedly sane, butler swings from a heavy chandelier, only to have it fall and crush him to death; a chair jumps across a room, flying at a man. …

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The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr (1939)

Hugh Rowland found Brenda White outside of the wire cage. Inside is a wet clay tennis court, in the center of which lies the body of Frank Dorrance, strangled by his own scarf. The footprints of Frank and Brenda can be seen going out to the body, but only one set coming back, Brenda’s. She …

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The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr (1939)

Detective-Inspector Eliot has been sent to Sodbury Cross to investigate a recent outbreak of poisonings that have led to the death of a child. Circumstantial evidence points to Marjorie Wills as the culprit. Her uncle, Marcus Chesney, believes he knows how the poisonings were done and sets out to prove it. And before Eliot can …

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The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr (1938)

After 25 years of banishment to America by his family, John Farnleigh returned to England to claim his inheritance and title.  One year later, a stranger the claiming to be the real John Farnleign appears, and he says he has the evidence to prove it. Farnleigh’s childhood tutor, Kennet Murray, is produced to quiz the pair. …

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To Wake the Dead by John Dickson Carr (1937)

In 24 hours Christopher Kent can step through the glass doors of the Royal Scarlet Hotel to meet his family and friends. But now, a cold and hungry Kent is staring longingly through those doors, and trying to figure out how to get through those 24 hours. When a hotel registration card flutters down and …

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The Arabian Nights Murder by John Dickson Carr (1936)

A cookery book and two sets of false whiskers, one white, the other black. A curved blade, and two photographs, one of a set of tracks, one of a large black mark on a wall. All these sit on a table in Dr. Gideon Fell’s library. They are exhibits in a case of murder which …

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