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Publication Order of Department D-3 Books

The Department of Queer Complaints (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dr. Gideon Fell Books

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

Publication Order of Henri Bencolin Books

It Walks by Night (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Skull (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Gallows (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Four False Weapons (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sir Henry Merrivale Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Poison in Jest (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bowstrings Murders (As:Carter Dickson) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning Court (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatal Descent / Drop to His Death (As: Carter Dickson, With: John Rhode) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Emperor's Snuff-Box (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bride of Newgate (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil in Velvet (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nine Wrong Answers (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Cut-Throat (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear is the same (As: Carter Dickson) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patrick Butler for the Defense (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire, Burn! (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scandal at High Chimneys (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Demoniacs (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch of the Low Tide (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Secret (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Papa La-Bas (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts' High Noon (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Hall (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hungry Goblin (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan DOyle (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Walks by Night (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Skull (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Gallows (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Mr. Badman (By: William Fryer Harvey) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By: Margot Bennett) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Author (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Adrian Conan Doyle Collections

with Adrian Conan Doyle
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Love and Hate (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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: 12 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.

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    • Graeme: 12 months ago

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

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  2. Alistair Macfarlane: 3 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?

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    • Graeme: 3 years ago

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

      Reply

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