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Publication Order of Department D-3 Books

The Department of Queer Complaints (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dr. Gideon Fell Books

Hag's Nook (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eight of Swords (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blind Barber (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death-Watch (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Coffins / The Hollow Man (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arabian Nights Murder (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crooked Hinge (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Wake the Dead (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Problem of the Green Capsule / The Black Spectacles (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Problem of the Wire Cage (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Could Not Shudder (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seat of the Scornful: A Devon Mystery (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of the Constant Suicides (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Turns the Tables / The Seat of the Scornful (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Till Death Do Us Part (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
He Who Whispers (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleeping Sphinx (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Below Suspicion (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Man's Knock (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Spite of Thunder (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House at Satan's Elbow (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Panic in Box C (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark of the Moon (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Henri Bencolin Books

It Walks by Night (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gallows (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Four False Weapons (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sir Henry Merrivale Books

as Carter Dickson
The Plague Court Murders (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Priory Murders (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Widow Murders (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unicorn Murders (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Punch and Judy Murders /The Magic Lantern Murders (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Peacock Feather Murders / The Ten Teacups (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judas Window / The Crossbow Murder (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Five Boxes (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reader Is Warned (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And So to Murder (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine and Death Makes Ten / Murder in the Submarine Zone (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing Is Believing / Cross of Murder (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gilded Man / Death and the Gilded Man (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
She Died A Lady (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
He Wouldn't Kill Patience (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp / Lord of the Sorcerers (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Late Wives (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skeleton in the Clock (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Graveyard to Let (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night at the Mocking Widow (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Behind the Crimson Blind (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cavalier's Cup (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merrivale, March and Murder (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Poison in Jest (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Court (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emperor's Snuff-Box (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bride of Newgate (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil in Velvet (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nine Wrong Answers (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain Cut-Throat (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patrick Butler for the Defense (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire, Burn! (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scandal at High Chimneys (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Demoniacs (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Witch of the Low Tide (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Most Secret (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Papa La-Bas (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghosts' High Noon (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Hall (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hungry Goblin (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door To Doom, And Other Detections (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Sleep Lightly and Other Mysteries from Radio's Golden Age (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell and Foul Play (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 to the Gallows (With: Val Gielgud) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Bullet and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Island of Coffins and Other Mysteries from the Casebook of Cabin B-13 (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kindling Spark (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan DOyle (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Female Detective (By: Andrew Forrester) (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Walks by Night (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gallows (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adrian Conan Doyle Collections

with Adrian Conan Doyle
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Love and Hate (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (By: Ian Rankin,Val McDermid,Arthur Conan Doyle,Ellis Peters,Margery Allingham,Cecily Gayford) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on Christmas Eve (With: Lawrence Block,Ian Rankin,Val McDermid,Ellis Peters,Julian Symons,G.K. Chesterton,Margery Allingham,Michael Innes,Marjorie Bowen,Cecily Gayford) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (By: Cecily Gayford) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

20 Great Tales of Murder(1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Detective Stories(1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Locked Room Reader: Stories of Impossible Crimes and Escapes(1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daring Detectives(1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All but Impossible!(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Arts(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Handle with Care: Frightening Stories(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
English Country House Murders(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Crime and Detection(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Dickson Carr was an American author. He was born on November 30, 1906, and died on February 27, 1977, at the age of 70. He wrote in the mystery, detective novel, murder and historical mystery genre.

John D. Carr is regarded as one of the greatest writers of the Golden Age Mysteries – complex, plot-driven narratives in which the riddle or puzzle is paramount. Carr was influenced by the works of Gaston Leroux and the works of G. K. Chesterton, especially the Father Brown stories.

Carr mastered the art of the locked room mystery, in which an investigator unravels and solves seemingly impossible crimes. His masterpiece is considered to be The Hollow Man, part of the Dr. Gideon Fell series, selected in 1981 as the best locked room mystery of all time by a panel of reviewers and writers. He also used pseudonyms of Carter Dickson, Roger Fairbairn, and Carr Dickson.

John Dickson Carr was the son of W.N. Carr, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania. John attended The Hill School in Pottstown and Haverford College. In the 1930s, he moved to England, married an English woman, and started his writing career. He returned to the US in 1948, already an internationally famous author.

In 1950, John Carr’s biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle won him the first of two special Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. In 1970, he earned the second award in recognition of his long career of more than 40 years as mystery writer.

Several of Carr’s works were made into movies, including The Man with a Cloak, Dangerous Crossing, The Emperor’s Snuff-Box, That Woman Opposite, The Burning Court and La Chambre ardente. Several of his works were adapted for television. The TV series, Colonel March of Scotland Yard, was based on his stories.

John Dickson Carr also wrote many radio scripts, especially for suspense radio anthologies in the U.S. and for the British equivalent, Appointment with Fear, and many other dramas for the BBC.

He also wrote screenplays. In the U.S., his radio play, Cabin B-13, was expanded into a CBS series from 1948 to 1949 and Carr wrote 25 scripts. This was also expanded into the script for the 1953 movie, Dangerous Crossing.

In the 1940’s, Carr hosted Murder by Experts, transmitted by Mutual radio, where he introduced works by other mystery authors who featured as weekly guest writers.

The Plague Court Murders is the first book of the Merrivale series. Once Dean Halliday became convinced that the sinister ghost of Louis Playge was haunting his family estate in London, he invited Detective Inspector Masters and Ken Bates to investigate. They went at night and found his aunt and fiancée getting ready to exorcise the ghost in a séance run by a psychic named Roger Darworth.

Roger Darworth locked himself in a decrepit stone dwelling behind Plague Court as the séance proceeded, and he was found viciously murdered. The main question is who or what could have murdered him? All doors and windows were locked and bolted, and nobody could have gotten inside. The one person who can unravel and solve a crime this bizarre is Sir Henry Merrivale, locked room expert.

The book opens as two former espionage agents, Blake and a colleague, discuss their boss, old Merrivale, who likes to sit with his feet on the desk at the war office. Old Merrivale wants the story of the Plague Court murders written but nobody has gotten around to actually doing it. They think Merrivale wants the story written merely for his own glory, now that the war is over. Merrivale’s department had ceased being called the Counter-Espionage Service and was now simply known as the Military Intelligence Department, or MID.

Blake recalls his connection with the case, which began on the night of September 6, 1930. It was a rainy night when Dean Halliday walked into the smoking room of the Noughts and Crosses Club and told him an unsettling story. Blake believed him only because they were friends and knew him to mature and reliable.

And So to Murder is another offering from the Merrivale series. Nobody ever expected the daughter of a clergyman to write such a scandalous best-selling novel, but when Monica Stanton published Desire, she was hired by Albion Films. She had expected to be adapting her own work, but instead was assigned to assist scriptwriter William Cartwright in adapting his latest detective novel.

Almost immediately, mysterious attempts on Monica’s life begin to occur, and the flamboyant Sir Merrivale is invited to investigate. Will the wily Merrivale unravel the mystery, see through the intrigue and stop the perpetrator before it’s too late?

The book opens at the office of Mr. Thomas Hackett, at the studios of Albion Films. Monica has been invited there and she imagines it has to do with making her book, Desire, into a film. She had resolved to be unimpressed by the studios of Albion, but now that she was actually in Mr. Hackett’s office she could feel her heart racing and her speech was a little slurred, which she found annoying.

Albion was far better than she expected, and at the same time, she is somewhat surprised and caught off-balance by the man sitting across the desk. Mr. Hackett is reminiscent of the hero in her book – quiet, curt, and masterful. He nods towards a chair and with a precise and masterful gesture, pulls a box of cigars from his desk and offers them to her. Then, coming to his senses, he quickly returns the box to the desk and slams the drawer shut.

Mr. Hackett works for Mr. Marshlake, head of Albion Films and the money man; however, he is rarely seen. Mr. Hackett is about 35 years old, short and stocky, with a dark complexion. He and Monica engage in discussion and in the end, Monica is hired to write a script, but Mr. Hackett is a worried man. He is astounded at meeting Monica Stanton in the flesh, and having gone through her book, Desire, he isn’t quite sure how much of it had gone through the censor.

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4 Responses to “John Dickson Carr”

  1. Mary Shakti Unny: 3 months ago

    Thank you so much for all the information you have provided on John Dickson Carr, He is a writer ‘par excellence’. So far (2023) I have read only a few books, but I plan on reading all of his books. Thank you again.

    • Graeme: 3 months ago

      You are welcome 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.

  2. Alistair Macfarlane: 2 years ago

    Thank you for this page – it is extremely helpful. I have been a Carr fan for as long as I can remember, and am astonished that he does not receive the accolades due to him today. His works should be in print more often than they are. Agatha Christie is a good author, but her books are simple murder mysteries & once you’ve read a few, they are relatively easy to work out long before you get to the end. Not so with Carr’s books, which are not only whodunits, but also, howdunits. What more can one ask for?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      You’re welcome. Agreed he is an exceptional author.


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