E.C.R. Lorac

Pseudonym of Edith Caroline Rivett (1894-1958)

As E.C.R. Lorac

  1. The Murder on the Burrows (1931)
  2. The Affair on Thor’s Head (1932)
  3. The Greenwell Mystery (1932)
  4. Death on the Oxford Road (1933)
  5. The Case of Colonel Marchand (1933)
  6. Murder in St. John’s Wood (1934)
  7. Murder in Chelsea (1934)
  8. The Organ Speaks (1935)
  9. Death of an Author (1935)
  10. Crime Counter Crime (1936)
  11. Post After Post-Mortem (1936)
  12. A Pall for a Painter (1936)
  13. Bats in the Belfry (1937)
  14. These Names Make Clues (1937)
  15. The Devil and the C.I.D. (1938)
  16. Slippery Staircase (1938)
  17. John Brown’s Body (1938)
  18. Black Beadle (1939)
  19. Death at Dyke’s Corner (1940)
  20. Tryst for a Tragedy (1940)
  21. Case in the Clinic (1941)
  22. Rope’s End, Rogue’s End (1942)
  23. The Sixteenth Stair (1942)
  24. Death Came Softly (1943)
  25. Checkmate to Murder (1944)
  26. Fell Murder (1944)
  27. Murder by Matchlight (1945)
  28. Fire in the Thatch (1946)
  29. The Theft of the Iron Dogs (1946; also published as Murderer’s Mistake)
  30. Relative to Poison (1947)
  31. Death Before Dinner (1948; also published as A Screen for Murder)
  32. Part for a Poisoner (1948; published in the US as Place for a Poisoner)
  33. Still Waters (1949)
  34. Policemen in the Precinct (1949; published in the US as And Then Put Out the Light)
  35. Accident by Design (1950)
  36. Murder of a Martinet (1951; published in the US as I Could Murder Her)
  37. The Dog It Was That Died (1952)
  38. Murder in the Mill-Race (1952; published in the US as Speak Justly of the Dead)
  39. Crook o’ Lune (1953; published in the US as Shepherd’s Crook)
  40. Shroud of Darkness (1954)
  41. Let Well Alone (1954)
  42. Ask a Policeman (1955)
  43. Murder in Vienna (1956)
  44. Picture of Death (1957)
  45. Dangerous Domicile (1957)
  46. Death in Triplicate (1958; published in the US as People Will Talk)
  47. Murder on a Monument (1958)
  48. Dishonour Among Thieves (1959; published in the US as The Last Escape)
  49. Two-Way Murder (2021)

As Carol Carnac

  1. Triple Death (1936)
  2. Murder at Mornington (1937)
  3. The Missing Rope (1937)
  4. The Case of the First-Class Carriage (1939)
  5. When the Devil Was Sick (1939)
  6. Death in the Diving Pool (1940)
  7. A Double for Detection (1945)
  8. The Striped Suit-case (1946)
  9. Clue Sinister (1947)
  10. Over the Garden Wall (1948)
  11. Upstairs, Downstairs (1950; published in the US as Upstairs and Downstairs)
  12. Copy for Crime (1950)
  13. It’s Her Own Funeral (1951)
  14. Crossed Skis (1952)
  15. Murder as a Fine Art (1953)
  16. A Policeman at the Door (1953)
  17. Impact of Evidence (1954)
  18. Murder Among Members (1955)
  19. Rigging the Evidence (1955)
  20. The Double Turn (1956; published in the US as The Late Miss Trimming)
  21. The Burning Question (1957)
  22. Long Shadows (1958; published in the US as Affair at Helen’s Court)
  23. Death of a Lady Killer (1959)

What the critics say

Birmingham Post: The best writer of the roman policier in the country.

E. C. R. Lorac must be seriously considered for the position of leading writer of classic detective stories.

Birmingham Sunday Mercury: Mr. Lorac can write. And plot. And does.

Books of the Month: A master of the detective story

Glasgow Herald: E. C. R. Lorac ranks high among detective story writers.

Illustrated London News: No intelligent lover of thrillers can ask for anything better than a first-rate Lorac novel.

Manchester Evening News: Not only entertainment but excellent mental exercise are invariably given in E. C. R. Lorac’s novels.

New Statesman: With thrillers in mass-production, E. C. R. Lorac presents a pleasant contrast of a conscientious craftsman at work.

Torquemada in the Observer: If I hesitate to use the term “brilliant” of his work, it is only because that is one of the many words which are being emptied of connotation by over-employment.

The high standard which E. C. R. Lorac has set himself.

Spectator: E. C. R. Lorac … a master who is always reliably good.

Nicholas Blake in the Spectator: His Inspector Macdonald is one of the most sympathetic professional detectives that I have had the luck to encounter.

Milward Kennedy in the Sunday Times: E. C. R. Lorac writes with spirit and humour, and he can invent and present characters.

E. C. R. Lorac keeps all the rules.

The Western Mail: Mr. Lorac is equally good in atmosphere, characterization, and deftness of contrivance.

As Carol Carnac

Leo Harris in Books and Bookmen: Miss Carnac bids fair to rival Miss Christie for ingenuity in plot and misdirection, and readability.

Edward Shanks in the Sunday Chronicle: This is a writer of definite distinction.