The Man Who Could Not Shudder

The Man Who Could Not Shudder From back cover They didn t believe in ghosts What happens when six rational people are invited to Longwood House and one of them is murdered by a gun that comes off the wall by itself and hangs in mi

  • Title: The Man Who Could Not Shudder
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
  • ISBN: 9780425019412
  • Page: 387
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  • From back cover They didn t believe in ghosts What happens when six rational people are invited to Longwood House and one of them is murdered by a gun that comes off the wall by itself and hangs in mid air Only Dr Fell can solve the perplexing problem of who shot the man who could not shudder, and what he finds makes him destroy the evidence

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    1. I love John Dickson Carr but I'd never recommend him--he's terrible at character (particularly romance) and just got worse as he went on; some of his later books are so awful even I couldn't finish them. But I love his ingenuity at creating locked rooms, and in some of my favorites of his (The Crooked Hinge, The Reader is Warned, The Burning Court) he is terrific at creating a creepy atmosphere. The books from the thirties and early forties are usually the best.I used to love this particular boo [...]

    2. A Dr. Gideon Fell story, in which the murder supposedly was committed by a floating gun in a haunted house. The premise is fun, but ultimately it was as too easy to spot the culprit, even if the howdunit elements remained puzzling.The book is further marred by the fact that Fell does not appear until about halfway through the book, so if you read this series because you like his somewhat mildly theatrical nature, you get short-changed.I like Carr, but this is not his best.

    3. Hmtaking a locked room mystery and setting it up with the key that had no room, a clever murdererl very nice. But the opening barely held me ans I struggled to push through.

    4. If you’ve ever seen the old black and white movie, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service, you already know the means of the murder. In fact, it’s very likely that the writer of the screenplay had actually read The Man Who Could Not Shudder since it was published about a decade earlier. Both the serendipitously imitative movie and the novel are essentially “mansion” mysteries. While they aren’t strictly “closed-door” mysteries, they share many similarities. The novel, however, has a un [...]

    5. Got this for 50p. in a second-hand bookstore a year ago Read it in less than a day because I had long hours of flight. It was okay, but the mystery never really got my interest, nor did the characters. Also I greatly disliked the ending.Wasn't exactly bad and it makes an entertaining read, but definitely not a great mystery.

    6. Gradevole mistery classico fin troppo arzigogolato, con soluzione a tappe. Non il migliore del grande Dickson Carr, ma ingegnoso. Molto ingegnoso, poiché non si può dire che bari verso il lettore, anche se ci va parecchio vicino.

    7. Really great whodunit! The whole book is engaging, start to finish. The whole case is baffling. How do you find the killer when the gun from the wall jumps off the pegs and shoots? But the answer is so simple I feel foolish. Stick to the end, it's really worth it!

    8. Carr è il mio vizio più bello: posso starci lontana qualche mese ma poi, appena inizia l'astinenza e la svoglia sfrenata di giallo, ecco che mi ritrovo a pescare, a naso, uno fra i titoli che mi restano da leggere. E stavolta ho pescato "Fantasma party": Martin Clarke, un istrionico riccone, invita un gruppetto di amici e conoscenti a trascorrere il weekend a Longwood House, una vecchia e misteriosa villa che si dice, sia infestata dai fantasmi, e ovviamente ci scappa il morto (anzi, ci scappa [...]

    9. Reasonable locked room mystery with lots of nice twists and very fast packed. Interestingly, it was written during WW2 but set just before the war so maybe technically an historical murder mystery.

    10. Another cracking yarn from John Dickson Carr. This one was published in 1940, after Europe was already engulfed in war, but its narrative takes place in 1937, making it (like Ellery Queen’s "Calamity Town") a wartime novel about an immediately pre-war society. Curiously, though, Carr makes little use of this situation, beyond a few dark utterances and an ironic finale for the villain of the piece (though perhaps he makes more of it than at first seems; I’ll get to that in a moment). Where Qu [...]

    11. In The Man Who Could Not Shudder (what a wonderful title!), a few friends gather for a housewarming weekend party in a supposedly haunted house. The owner views it as a psychological experiment, to see how his very different friends react to the spooky atmosphere of the house.Sadly, this is not one of my favorite John Dickson Carrs (though that's not saying much since I enjoy his every word, just to varying degrees). That's mainly because the solution was a bit too technical. What I love most ab [...]

    12. A group of friends gather together to spend a few days at a supposed haunted house. While staying in the house, one of the guests is shot. One of the witnesses, his wife, claims that the gun was hanging on the wall, and it flew off, hung in midair, and shot him without it being touched.With an amazing premise like that this book must be great!well It was for half of, but then Carr does something halfway that spoils all suspense to the point that I had to stop reading. Halfway through the book, D [...]

    13. The Man Who Could Not Shudderis about a group of friends and associates who hear about a haunted house and decide to spend a weekend there. Of course someone swiftly dies in a way that is not immediately explainable and no one is sure what to make of it. Soon Dr. Gideon Fell (a man very clearly based off of G.K. Chesterton) arrives and investigates the mystery. This is a fairly basic mystery set up but it is very well set up. The strength of novel is how intelligent and well thought out the cent [...]

    14. In order to enjoy J.D. Carr's Dr. Gideon Fell mysteries, you have to enjoy the old fashioned British mysteries of decades long gone by, and you have to enjoy a story that is a complicated puzzle. All of this series that I've read are like that. This was one of my favorites.It is almost comical, reading a mystery taking place in an old dilapidated house that is considered haunted, and the site of an unexplained and tragic death only twenty years earlier. How stereo-typical can you get? And not on [...]

    15. #12 in the Gideon Fell series: and this one is about a “ghost party” at an allegedly haunted house. Of course the party ends in murder, with a woman claiming that a gun jumped off a wall to shoot the victim. It’s up to Gideon Fell to prove whether or not a ghost is the culprit. The ending is prime Fell: once again he goes to great lengths to ostensibly prove that Suspect A committed the crime, only to reveal that someone else is responsible. But there is an interesting twist to the standar [...]

    16. This a mystery of the Golden Age, with a small group of people gathering a lonely country estate. There is stories of ghosts, a ancient death and finally a "impossible murder". Twists and turns of the plot, were Mr. Carr plans fair, coming down to the last pages and then to explain it all is the giant of detectives, Dr.Gideon Fell.Come into the world of Dr.Fell and see if can solve the case before this Wizard of Detectives.

    17. Very good – intricately plotted – does not play entirely fair. The solution is more provable than believable. You can piece together parts of the mystery but not the whole thing. It's a Dr. Gideon Fell mystery. The ending is morally problematic, as Carr's usually are. The real killer gets away though not for long. A nice bit of poetic justice. One would think the accidental killer would have some issues.

    18. Even though this is pretty much Carr by numbers,this is a rivetting read.All the usual trappings are there-impossible murder,bickering lovers,creepy mansion,ghostly goings-on,the hints of the supernatural.The denouement is slightly underwhelming,but considering this book is from when Carr's work started slide,this comes highly recommended.

    19. An ingenious example of the closed room murder mystery, full of twists and turns. The quality of the writing is superb, and the similarities between Drs Johnson and Fell are deftly underlined. The denoument is surprising, and I am glad that all loose ends are neatly tied. I enjoyed this ve much and will be keeping an eye out for more by this author

    20. I loved this one. It's a perfect example of that wonderfully creepy atmospheric writing John Dickson Carr is so good at. The plot is clever and you may think you know the solution but it doesn't all come clear until the very end. One aspect of depicted occurrences was not completely believable, which is the only reason I give it four instead of five stars.

    21. This was a good mystery. How the mysterious thing happened was a new one for me, never read its like before. Lotta complications of who did what or tried to do or almost did or said they did. Might get confusing, but Carr still writes a story easy to get into and stay with til the end.

    22. Excellent!!Once you start reading, it's hard to put it down. I recommend all of his books. He is a fantastic mystery writer.

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