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Another wonderful Golden Age Whodunnit from the master of the locked aroma mystery, John Dickson Carr.This is one of those stories in which a body is found in bizarre circumstances here holding the eponymous tarot card among other peculiarities, and the inimitable Doctor Gideon Fell has to make sense of it all.For me it s not as strong as Carr s later locked room stories, and I preferred the Mad Hatter Mystery, which I also recently read Not quite enough Doctor Fell in this, but enjoyable non Another wonderful Golden Age Whodunnit from the master of the locked aroma mystery, John Dickson Carr.This is one of those stories in which a body is found in bizarre circumstances here holding the eponymous tarot card among other peculiarities, and the inimitable Doctor Gideon Fell has to make sense of it all.For me it s not as strong as Carr s later locked room stories, and I preferred the Mad Hatter Mystery, which I also recently read Not quite enough Doctor Fell in this, but enjoyable nonetheless Too many details, too many unexplained events.Fell continues to bea set of quirks than a person His young, temporary Watsons do not really add to these books other than the odd romantic interest The initial goofiness has some Wodehouse ian charm I did enjoy though. 3 in the Gideon Fell series finds our hero investigating a few rather bizarre occurrences in the English countryside These happenings include a poltergeist who throws red ink at a visiting vicar, a bishop who fancies himself as a criminologist out on the roof in the middle of the night, and above all else, a murder The dead man is one Septimus Debbing, who is found clutching a tarot card, the Eight of Swords Fell has rivals in his investigation the above mentioned bishop, the bishop s son 3 in the Gideon Fell series finds our hero investigating a few rather bizarre occurrences in the English countryside These happenings include a poltergeist who throws red ink at a visiting vicar, a bishop who fancies himself as a criminologist out on the roof in the middle of the night, and above all else, a murder The dead man is one Septimus Debbing, who is found clutching a tarot card, the Eight of Swords Fell has rivals in his investigation the above mentioned bishop, the bishop s son who went away to America to study criminology but spent his time with women instead, and a hack mystery novelist who views himself as an investigator in his own right Each one has his own theory as to what happened and most of the time Fell is kind of off on the sidelines.As a mystery, it was pretty decent, but you have to wade through a lot of silliness and many farcical scenes to get there I don t know if a lot of people will have patience enough to deal with this, but if you continue to read, it s a pretty decent murder solution and I was surprised at the final resolution There are a number of suspects, a number of clues, enough to keep the reader involved.I d not recommend this to readers of cozy mysteries it s a bit too involved, but if you enjoy these older, Golden Age mystery classics, you ll be in your element The silliness of it all tends to bug me I like aserious mystery novel but it is worth reading if you are interested in this author s work.Overallnot bad, not great, but an interesting mystery with a good solution Unread shelf project 2020 book 12.This was a golden age mystery by a contemporary of Agatha Christie However, I can see why at least if this is a fairly generalized example of his work Carr is not as well known and well loved as Christie There were far too many characters in this book to easily keep straight at least for me , and there were a lot of farcical scenes that made me struggle a bit.This is definitely not a cozy mystery but I will be real, I didn t guess the whodunit and it was q Unread shelf project 2020 book 12.This was a golden age mystery by a contemporary of Agatha Christie However, I can see why at least if this is a fairly generalized example of his work Carr is not as well known and well loved as Christie There were far too many characters in this book to easily keep straight at least for me , and there were a lot of farcical scenes that made me struggle a bit.This is definitely not a cozy mystery but I will be real, I didn t guess the whodunit and it was quite a clever one The mystery was decent but I did get swamped with all of the characters and the speed at which they were introduced It felt a bit like I needed to do a genogram to keep all of them and their family members and other relations straight This was the biggest thing that detracted from my enjoyment.However, I liked the character of Fell I have a few other books by Carr on my shelf, so I ll probably meet Fell another time, during another murder investigation This was not so difficult a book to make me refuse to read others by Carr This is going to be a very mixed review The thing is, I can t quite make up my mind about the book as a whole.At first, it was really hard getting into this I found it slow and confusing and had too many people to keep straight for my feeble concentration and gold fish memory.But after all, it s the plot that s my favorite part And once that got going, about 20% in, I really got interested, and didn t get up until I d read half the book It is quite intricate however, as in who was who This is going to be a very mixed review The thing is, I can t quite make up my mind about the book as a whole.At first, it was really hard getting into this I found it slow and confusing and had too many people to keep straight for my feeble concentration and gold fish memory.But after all, it s the plot that s my favorite part And once that got going, about 20% in, I really got interested, and didn t get up until I d read half the book It is quite intricate however, as in who was who and who was where when, and as the theories about the crime vary throughout the book, I can t honestly be asked to explain what possible solution turned out to be the right one in the end.So, um, confusing, but also an impossible murder case that strains the mind, and an action packed story that quickens the pulse.Worth it This was probably the worst Carr I ve read thus far.Convoluted and complex even by Carr s standards it also had too many similar characters that made it difficult at times to keep up with who was who and who was where This of course is the point of mystery novels but the end result just isn t worth the effort.Its only because I m attempting to read all of Carr s output that I ploughed on,any other author id probably have ditched it before half way. I m a huge fan of John Dickson Carr, but I ve found his books to be hit or miss many amazing books, and a few that miss the mark entirely This book was one of the few I ve read that of his that I didn t enjoy very much A few of the twists and turns in this puzzle of a mystery were interesting, but it came off as overly convoluted rather than clever I d recommend sticking to other John Dickson Carr books. Though not one of his better novels, The Eight of Swords has humor, mystery, atmosphere, a crazy assortment of characters, with a very surprising murderer The story at times goes awry, on tangents and babbles unnecessarily The clues given to the reader here are very few, and there are no impossible crimes or locked room affairs to be found The magic here lies in the bizarre tableau of the murder scene itself The author purposely constructed this as a probable case to criticize his own crit Though not one of his better novels, The Eight of Swords has humor, mystery, atmosphere, a crazy assortment of characters, with a very surprising murderer The story at times goes awry, on tangents and babbles unnecessarily The clues given to the reader here are very few, and there are no impossible crimes or locked room affairs to be found The magic here lies in the bizarre tableau of the murder scene itself The author purposely constructed this as a probable case to criticize his own critics Unfortunately it comes across as a meta on mystery novels, with too many would be detectives and alcohol Oh well Never Mind Let s have a drink My review can be found at My review can be found at ^Download E-pub ☔ The Eight of Swords ☠ Dr Fell, detective extraordinary, is back again, amusing and omniscient than ever In The Eight of Swords he is faced with the sort of problem in which his acute and devious mind delightsWhen a gay spirit took to playing strange pranks in the haunted bedroom at the Grange and the Bishop was seen sliding down the banisters, Scotland Yard was amused than disturbed But when Depping, the harmless old scholar and connoisseur of wines and foods, was found murdered in his study, they sent Dr Fell down to investigate As soon as Dr Fell saw the card representing the eight of swords, the partially eaten dinner on the tray, and the button hook which had been used to blow the fuses, he knew the murderer But there was a great deal to be explained before he could prove it, and his solution will remain a classic example of deductive reasoning combined with thrilling plot The book is also filled with a subtle type of humor that makes it something different in the way of detective novels