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by John Dickson Carr

  • ISBN: 1780020023
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Other formats: mbr mobi lit txt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Langtail Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 200 pages
  • FB2 size: 1517 kb
  • EPUB size: 1383 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 430
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He Who Whispers is a mystery novel (1946) by detective novelist John Dickson Carr.

He Who Whispers is a mystery novel (1946) by detective novelist John Dickson Carr. Like Many of the works by this author feature so-called impossible crimes (for the most part, falling into the category of the locked room mystery). The detective is Dr. Gideon Fell, who ultimately uncovers a rational explanation for the novel's events.

HE WHO WHISPERS Born in 1906, John Dickson Carr was an American author of Golden Age ‘British-style’ detective stories. He published his first novel, It Walks by Night, in 1930 while studying in. Born in 1906, John Dickson Carr was an American author of Golden Age ‘British-style’ detective stories. He published his first novel, It Walks by Night, in 1930 while studying in Paris to become a barrister. Shortly thereafter he settled in his wife’s native England where he wrote prolifically, averaging four novels per year until the end of WWII. Well known as a master of the locked-room mystery, Carr created eccentric sleuths to solve apparently impossible crimes.

In a village in France, a man standing on the top of a ruined tower is stabbed in the back. There's no else there but him and witness swear that no one enterred or left by the door.

Who― A woman’s voice struck across at him, suddenly. It went up with something like a note of alarm, before it regained its soft and casual level.

I. A dinner of the Murder Club―our first meeting in more than five years―will be held at Beltring’s Restaurant on Friday. Who― A woman’s voice struck across at him, suddenly. Excuse me, the voice added uncertainly, but who are you?

d everything he said. Afterwards, of course, Miles discovered that every word was true. But by that tim. t was muffled and quiet in the little dining-room, with the four tall candles burning on the table as its only light. They had drawn back the curtains and opened the windows, to let in a little air on that stuffy night.

John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906 – February 27, 1977) was an American author of detective stories, who also published using the pseudonyms Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn. Carr is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of so-called "Golden Age" mysteries; complex, plot-driven stories in which the puzzle is paramount. He was influenced in this regard by the works of Gaston Leroux and by the Father Brown stories of G. K. Chesterton.

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A classic tale combining hints of the supernatural and an 'impossible' murder. The death of Miles Despard looks simple enough.

SUMMARY: When Dr Gideon Fell, that most eminent of eccentric sleuths, finds himself at a party whose guests are in a state of deep agitation, all the faculties of his detective genius are called into play. A classic tale combining hints of the supernatural and an 'impossible' murder.

He Who Whispers, Gideon Fell (BBC Radio Four – 25 March 2000) Director: Enyd Williams Producer: Enyd Williams Scriptwriter: Peter . Terrific book! The early John Dickson Carr (and Carter Dickson) books are a delight to read. Later books in the series fall off in quality.

He Who Whispers, Gideon Fell (BBC Radio Four – 25 March 2000) Director: Enyd Williams Producer: Enyd Williams Scriptwriter: Peter Ling Cast: Donald Sinden (Fell), John Hartley (Hadley), Christopher Kelham (Miles Hammond), Gemma Saunders (Barbara Morrell), Sarah Rice (Fay Seton), Beth Chalmers (Marion Hammond), David Thorpe (Steve Curtis), Paul Gregory.

A DR GIDEON FELL MYSTERY. Outside the little French city of Chartres, industrialist Howard Brookes is found dying on the parapet of an old stone tower. Evidence shows that it was impossible for anyone to have entered at the time of the murder, however someone must have, for the victim was discovered stabbed in the back. Who could have done it? And where did they go? When no one is convicted, the mystery remains unsolved for years until a series of coincidences brings things to a head in post-war England, where amateur sleuth Dr. Gideon Fell is on the scene to work out what really happened.
Reviews about He Who Whispers (7):
Narim
I always find classic mysteries of this sort hard to review. You can't really discuss the plot except in the most vague way without spoiling it for future readers. Stripped to the bare bones, the plot involves a crime committed a few years back which is currently causing complications in the present. This is a theme that Carr has touched on a few times.

The plot is involved and Carr is scrupulously fair with the reader. The clues are there in black and white. The book is a real page turner. It is the type of book that demands one give up another half hour of sleep for "just one more chapter." As in most mysteries of this type there are some plot points that will raise eyebrows. The most grievous in this book is the use of coincidence to get the story moving. There is a big one at the beginning which is acceptable, such things do happen. The one revealed toward the end really pushes it.

Besides the mystery itself we get a detailed look at England immediately post war. Rationing is still in effect and the effects of war is a theme that permeates the book. The writing and characterization were well done.

I read this on the Kindle. The Kindle edition is just fine with a functioning, linked, table of contents. The only flaws are the inevitable OCR quirks which mangle a word here and there. Nothing major.

Highly recommended. The golden age of the classic British mystery was over by this time but Carr was doing it as well as almost anyone.
Hulore
John Dickson Carr was a writer in the "Golden Age" of mysteries, and he never cheated his readers. All of the clues needed to solve the mystery are presented, giving the alert reader a chance at identifying the murderer. I actually figured out who the killer was before the denouement of "He Who Whispers" even though I had no idea of how the murder was committed.

However, his scrupulosity is not my favorite characteristic of this American author. What I love are the hot-house, claustrophobic, even supernatural atmospheres that he creates in his mysteries. In "He Who Whispers" a man is murdered at the top of a medieval French tower when no one could have possibly climbed the tower's sole staircase to accomplish the deed. His son's fiancée is accused of vampirism and barely escapes war-torn France with her life. She resurfaces in England and takes a position as private librarian at Greywood Mansion in New Forest. The first night she spends in the house, another woman is nearly frightened to death.

Dr. Gideon Fell bumbles and rumbles onto the moonlit grounds of Greywood shortly before the mysterious shot is fired, and he and his French compatriot, Professor Rigaud attempt to solve the mystery of how the sister of Greywood's owner was almost frightened to death in her own bedroom. Was the beautiful new librarian really a vampire? Professor Riguad, using a rather convoluted form of Gallic logic believes she is. It is the only 'logical' explanation of how Howard Brooke was killed on top of the French tower back before the war.

However, if you've read enough Gideon Fell mysteries, you know that Carr's humongous detective always manages to find a non-supernatural explanation to the mystery, in spite of the Unspeakable Horror that always seems to lurk just around the corner, breathing its chill vapours through the text.

Though Carr was an American most of his books (especially the early ones) were set in England and France. He moved to Great Britain with his English wife in 1933 and they lived there for a number of years before moving back to the United States in 1965. Carr was awarded an Edgar in 1950 by the Mystery writers of America (MWA) for his Conan Doyle biography. He was also awarded the title of Grand Master by the MWA in 1970.

Even though I'm not particularly fond of Carr's serial detective, the lumbering, snorting, coyly hinting Dr.Gideon Fell, the mysteries he inhabits are wonderfully brooding, baffling, atmospheric tales.
Timberahue
John Dickson Carr is the master of locked room mysteries from the Golden Age of Mystery! I'm glad to see He Who Whispers available for Kindle and hope that all fo the rest will be soon, including those he wrote as Carter Dickson.

In a village in France, a man standing on the top of a ruined tower is stabbed in the back. There's no else there but him and witness swear that no one enterred or left by the door. The other side of the tower is a sheer wall over a river. THere were no boats. How did he die?

Six years later in London, at first meeting in 5 years of the Murder Club,an exclusive and distinguished group who are interested in crime are to meet and discuss this. However, no one but the speaker and two guests appear for the meeting. What happened to the Murder Club?

This occurs in 1945 post WWII England. Carr brings that period vividly to life. He also has one seeing ghosts and almost believing in the supernational before the end of the book. No one does spooky atmosphere better!

He Who Whispers is a real treat! It's true puzzle story with many twists and turns with some interesting subplots as well! I highly recommend it!

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