By Carolyn Wells First published: J.B. Lippincott, 1942 Carolyn Well’s 82nd and final mystery. “Carolyn Wells might have wished the long legend of her tale spinning to turn out in just this way,” Will Cuppy wrote. “She left behind one of her best stories in many years, a mystery full of her special qualities and … Continue reading Murder Will In (Carolyn Wells)
Born: 18 June 1862, Rahway, New Jersey, USA Died: 26 March 1942, New York City, New York, USA Works The Clue (1909) ** The Gold Bag (1911) ** A Chain of Evidence (1912) The Maxwell Mystery (1913) Anybody But Anne (1914) The White Alley (1915) The Curved Blades (1916) The Bride of a Moment (1916) … Continue reading Carolyn Wells
By Carolyn Wells First published: USA, Lippincott, 1909 This is the first mystery by Carolyn Wells, the Florence Foster Jenkins of the detective story. In her day, she was one of America’s best-selling mystery writers, and the teenage John Dickson Carr devoured her books. Posterity has generally been less kind. “The worst cock-and-bull story ever … Continue reading The Clue (Carolyn Wells)
They were murdered at the same hour, on their own doorstep—with identical daggers!
A double murder for Fleming Stone.
Nine people rent a haunted house – but only five return…
An early locked room – but modern readers might find the solution a cheat.
Fleming Stone’s second case. Who shot the banker in his library on the eve of changing his will?
John Dickson Carr‘s essay was first published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in March 1963, and reprinted in full in the second edition of The Door to Doom and Other Detections, ed. Douglas G. Greene, International Polygonics, 1991. My thanks to Ronald Smyth for scanning the article. “Do you solemnly swear never to conceal a … Continue reading “The Grandest Game in the World”
Ronald Knox’s sister writes of murder in 1909 Edinburgh.