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The Crooked Hinge

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  • Title: The Crooked Hinge
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
  • ISBN: 9780020188407
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I never thought the day would come that I'd have to report finding a Carr novel poor, but it's happened. Every now and then he wrote one that wasn't up to his usual astonishingly high standard -- I remember The Arabian Nights Murder (1936) as being a bit tiresome and mediocre -- but this is the first I've read that I'd describe as bad.It's one of a bunch of novels that seem inspired by the Tichborne Claimant case -- others include Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar (1949) and Robin Maugham's The Link: [...]

    2. really enjoyed this-- seriously ingenious with all kinds of layers and reflections, lots of twists and turns and even some really frightening moments. ashamed to say i didn't see the final reveal coming, even though i totally knew the kind of thing to be looking for. I THOUGHT IT WAS A KILLER MONKEY! but i was wrong and am now forever saddled with the shame of having been looking for a killer monkey.i also have the feeling that this entire book will have faded from memory within a week and a hal [...]

    3. Loved the setup and the plot-idea. This one is easily the most readable Carr after The Hollow Man.

    4. Overall a 3-star read but an extra for the ingenuous reveal by the magician(s) at the end of the show. I had some niggles with the caricaturish portrayal of characters and several minor points on style, but I loved the book's way of tackling the question of morality and jurisdiction, as well as the atmospheric reenactment of the old English county and its sprawling, romantic estates.This is the first book I've read by John Dickson Carr and I find the hook for his mystery device is not so much on [...]

    5. Three stars, I guess, but maybe another half star because it is pretty readable.As other readers have pointed out, this is a complex plot and utterly "un-guessable." There are so many twists and turns that it is hard to keep on track, or recall other seemingly minor details mentioned earlier which become important later on.The plot is ingenious, for sure, but there are too many themes: who is the real John Farnleigh, Satanism, 19th century deceptive automatons, and probably more. I would have en [...]

    6. This is one of those creaky, old-fashioned Brit mysteries featuring Satanism, spinsters, a Golden Hag, automatons, amputees, imposters and false claimants, fright masks, Thumbographs, and escapes from the Titanic. Even so, I can't recommend it unreservedly. I have a feeling Carr might be the poor man's Wilkie Collins. What I can recommend unreservedly is the terrific purple cover art.

    7. Zwei Männer geben sich als Sir John Farnleigh aus, auf den ein reiches Baronen-Erbe wartet. Sie beschuldigen sich gegenseitig der Hochstaplerei. Nur einer kann den echten Sir John identifizieren: Kennet Murray, sein ehemaliger Hauslehrer. Murray ist in Gefahr, doch als im Farnleigh-Garten ein Mord geschieht, ist nicht Murray das Opfer.Neben Der verschlossene Raum ist Die Tür im Schott wohl John Dickson Carrs berühmtester Roman und erzählt ebenfalls die Geschichte eines unmöglichen Verbreche [...]

    8. This novel is plotted with fiendish ingenuity, like so many of Carr's stories, and written with a formidable precision. Every little throwaway phrase and incident turns out to have a meaning in retrospect. And that's the problem. It is impossible for the reader to keep track of the twists and, when the last twist occurs, the reader is too mind-deadened to care. Carr always sacrificed characterisation to plot. So his characters have the lacklustre functionality of pawns upon a chess board. I susp [...]

    9. This is, by far, one of the most riveting works of detective fiction (almost like the Trout Mask Replica of the B-movie side of the genre) that I have had the chance to read. Yeah, the dodgy psychoanalyses and the spooks are dated, but they are delightfully so. And the pacing is so perfect that the entire thing can be read in a 2-3 hour time span.

    10. I must say this book was a terrible disappointment.I don't necessarily mind bad crime/detection stories. I however strongly mind stories that cheat. And, as a detective story writer myself, I have trained myself to look for throwaway clues - seemingly minor things that are actually significant - and this book has them in plenty. They all point to one, inevitable, killerd that killer is "unmasked" in the last but one chapter, with all the throwaway clues being cited to prove that particular perso [...]

    11. Uno dei più bei gialli di JDC: è davvero eccitante leggere questo autore nella consapevole certezza che la spiegazione finale mi lascerà senza fiato!

    12. #6 on the 13 Best Non-Supernatural Horror Novels list by KEW is The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr. And here is what the departed Master has to say:"Sometimes Carr actually did use the supernatural in his detective novels, sometimes he only seemed to do so. The Crooked Hinge does not turn out to be a ghost story, but that won't spare your nerves."(And by the way, can anyone get me a copy of the Twilight Zone Magazine from where KEW published the second set of his essential lists? I know ther [...]

    13. Book #8 in the Gideon Fell series, and I think the best one to date. Set on a estate in Kent, this story asks which Sir John Farnsleigh is the real one? And such is Carr's tight writing that he keeps you guessing—and changing your mind–almost until the very end. The solution reveals lots of hidden wheels within wheels, and is a fun challenge and a satisfying puzzle to try and solve. Dr. Fell is more present in the plot than he has been in earlier books, although he is still less of the cente [...]

    14. Carr, John Dickson. THE CROOKED HINGE. (1938). ****. First published in 1938, this novel is considered one of the best books by the ackowledged master of the locked room and impossible crime. Twenty-five years ago John Farnleigh, the heir to the baronetcy of Mallingford and Sloane, then a young and wild boy exiled to America, survived the sinking of the Titanic. It’s now 1937, two years after he returned to England to claim his inheeritance. Only is he really the heir? Another man has just sho [...]

    15. I was prompted back to my John Dickson Carr collection by a review of the Fortean aspects of his writing in this month's Fortean Times. JDC is a wonderful writer from the Golden Age of detection who isn't as well known as he should be in the UK, mainly because he's not been in print here since the days of green and white Penguins - in fact, before , I read most of his books in the yellow 'plume' French editions, because that was the only way to get hold of them. (It did my French a lot of good t [...]

    16. Upon finishing my last John Dickson Carr, I decided I felt like reading some fantasy. However, despite the fact that the fantasy novel I'm reading is enchanting, I immediately missed Dickson Carr. So now I'm reading several books at once.This is exactly the kind of novel I want from him: There are two claimants to an English estate, both saying they are the same man, and while their fingerprints are checked by a third party, one of them ends up dead by a seemingly impossible murder; while witnes [...]

    17. Again, I had a mixed-up memory of this book (happens so often with mysteries: I've read so many and many of those so long ago)in which I remembered the denouement but had it completely (I guess) confused with another plot in a different mystery by the same author. Didn't remember the basic plot of this book at all, except for the final device. And that didn't help me remember whodunnit. That said, this is a great mystery in the classic "impossible crime" sub genre, so well-developed by Carr. The [...]

    18. The book starts with a fairly simple puzzle of identities and then after few pages in comes the murder. a lot of clues here and there keeps the interest alive in the reader. i was not bored by the book at any point as there was a lot of things happening. At the end of the book author gives a final touch of his twist. A good mystery overall. I dont know why i can't give this a 5 star rating. Its a gut feeling. a personal judgement. or maybe a personal error. but it has the potential of a 5 star r [...]

    19. A claimant arrives at an estate in 1930's Kent, calling the resident titleholder a fake and stating that HE is the real heir to the property; both men have amazingly detailed knowledge of things that only the real heir would know. The complex mystery that follows involves a witch-cult, the sinking of the Titanic, and a decaying automaton. Impossible-crime mysteries are best when they're spooky and this definitely delivers - Carr's taste for the bizarre gives the proceedings a weird atmosphere. F [...]

    20. I don't know another mystery writer so poor at character who's so good at atmosphere. Spooky atmosphere, that is. Anytime he tries to be funny--and after about 1945 he tried really hard--he's terrible. Not a big fan of his historical novels, or of the overheated Poe of the early stuff, either. But I love the locked-room puzzles, and this has an assortment of them, along with at least two scenes that creep me out good, plus a great title, better characterization than usual, and an automaton. My r [...]

    21. My first experience of Dr. Fell. Interesting, yet what a mishmash. We have the Titanic, witchcraft, the circus, gypsies, 18th century automatons, the supernatural, fingerprints all mixed in with a case of identity for a baronetcy. I'm not quite sure, even at the end that I have the solution straight. Not a bad read and I'm glad I met Dr. Gideon Fell. I wanted to get one of the earlier books first but the library only had this one and none earlier. I'd have liked to have heard more of the charact [...]

    22. Another great "impossible" crime by the master. I keep reading Carr not only because I enjoy watching a master illusionist at work, but also because I'm just sure he'll have to repeat a trick. So far, he's left me wanting--every time he comes up with a different method and, like a good magician, he displays the whole trick right before your eyes and you never see the workings. Great stuff! Three and a half stars

    23. One of the better "impossible" murder mysteries I have read, in spite of its age (c 1938). I hadn't read any John Dickson Carr for many years, but will now try to find more. It sure beat the last Agatha Christie book I read; fast paced and yet I was able to make a guess as to the killer and the reason for the murder (not nearly accurate, but I was on the right track!).

    24. For no particular reason I have committed myself to reading all of the Dr. Fell novels in order. The Crooked hinge is a roller coaster ride of fun. Yes there are flaws but the plotting is thrilling and the ending is satisfying. Don't read the reviews that are spoilers uncover this gem for yourself.

    25. Mystery set in England involving the correct identity of the heir to an English estate and title. Story line involves murder with none of the witnesses seeing the murderer while seeing the murder committed; possible witches and Satanism rolled into a puzzle as to who is the true heir as well as who committed the murder and how it was done.

    26. Because this book was suppose to be the acme of all his novels, I actually put off reading this particular one. And once I begunI suppose I had unjustifiable high hopes. It started off greatjust like all his other novels.en had my hopes dashed with the ending. I simply could not buy the solution that was given at the end.

    27. This book is so bizarre it reminded me of Harry Stephen Keeler. The witchery, of which JDC is so fond, I find repulsive. (I have recently read Edmund Crispin's Holy Disorders, also full of this devilish stuff.)Good puzzle, not-so-good novel.

    28. Read this a while ago,still strikes me as one of Carr's best.Many disparate strands come together to a satisfactory conclusion.Particularly like the menacing and creepy automaton,the Golden Hag,which lends a distint chill to proceedings.

    29. Impossible crime mysteries are so much fun to read when they're as cleverly written as this. John Dickson Carr is fantastic at creating spooky atmospheres (an automaton here) as a backdrop to ingenious plots, and in The Crooked Hinge he's at his best.

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