John Dickson Carr

NPG x15314; John Dickson Carr by Howard CosterJohn 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.

“Every sentence gives a thrill of positive pleasure. [The Mad Hatter Mystery] is the most attractive mystery I have read for a long time.”–Dorothy Sayers

“Very few detective stories baffle me nowadays, but Mr. Carr’s always do.”–Agatha Christie

“He can produce an icy shudder in a heatwave”–The Times (London)


John Dickson Carr, The Crooked Hinge (October 2019)