The Clue (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)

“The Grandest Game in the World”

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”