The Plague Court Murders: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery

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American Mystery Classics
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) was one of the greatest writers of the American Golden Age mystery, and one of the only American authors to be included in England's legendary Detection Club. Though he was born and died in the United States, Carr began his writing career while living in England, where he remained for nearly twenty years. Under his own name and various pseudonyms, he wrote more than seventy novels and numerous short stories, and is best known today for his locked-room mysteries. His beloved series character, Dr. Gideon Fell, was based on author G. K. Chesterton and appeared in twenty-four novels.
Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and longtime book columnist for TheWashington Post. He was once chosen by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the twenty-five smartest people in our nation's capital (but, as Michael says, you have to consider the competition). He also writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement;the New York Review of Books and other literary journals. His previous publications include the memoir An Open Book, four collections of essays--Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure--and On Conan Doyle, for which he won an Edgar Award. A lifelong Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fan, he was inducted into The Baker Street Irregulars in 2002. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Recommended for Golden Age mystery fans, this is one of those books that requires the reader's total immersion and is best approached in an easy chair with a good, strong cuppa at hand.-- "Booklist"
The post-17th-century atmosphere in the first half of the tale is thick enough to cut with a dagger [...] Like its own creepy backstory, the hero's 86-year-old debut has now become a treasured chapter in criminal history.-- "Kirkus"
A genuine baffler, placed in an eerie, ghostly setting.-- "New York Times"
The macabre setup is bolstered by the author's superior gift at creating atmosphere. This entry in the American Mystery Classic series begs rereading to note how artfully Carr misdirects readers even while planting all the vital clues in plain sight.-- "Publishers Weekly" (11/20/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Excellent.-- "Saturday Review"