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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Gideon Fell 1 by John Dickson Carr. In his detecting debut, larger than life lexicographer Dr.
Within sight of his study window darr the ruin of Chatterham Prison, perched high on a precipice known as Hag’s Nook. The prison’s land belongs to the Starberth jjohn whose eldest In his detecting debut, larger than life lexicographer Bueco.
The prison’s land belongs to the Starberth family- whose eldest sons must each spend an hour in the prison’s eerie “Governor’s Room’ to inherit the family fortune. Rampole is especially interested in the family, having met the young and beautiful Dorothy Starberth on the train from London. He readily agrees when Fell and the local reverend, Thomas Saunders, ask him to accompany them as they watch and cwrr for badly frightened Martin Starberth to complete ‘his hour’ in the prison.
Martin has every reason to be afraid; more than one Starberth heir has met an untimely end.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 25, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: The first in Carr’s series featuring Dr. Gideon Fell, Hag’s Nook centers on the Starberth family, who have owned and operated a prison for centuries. The property is entailed, meaning that the oldest son will officially inherit, but first he must go through a rather bizarre ritual. It is at the time of such a ritual when the story begins. The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive — there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the The first in Carr’s series featuring Dr.
The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive — there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the Hag’s Nook, the site of the old gallows gueco they used to hang witches — with their necks broken. Try as they might, Fell, young Dorothy Starberth and an American visitor of Fell’s cannot prevent the latest in a series of tragedies. The solving of the case is ingenious — I must admit to being surprised at the end.
In fact, that’s the best part of this book — the unraveling of an ingenious criminal. Considering that this was written inthere is still enough between the covers to keep mystery lovers reading: If you’re into Golden Age mysteries, or if you want to try your hand at Carr’s work, this would be a fine kohn to start. It may be a bit off-putting to some readers because of the language usage in places, but otherwise, it will definitely keep you interested and absorbed.
Sep 24, Qt rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual hombrs down for generations.
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I loved the writing style, which was frequently humorous but also, at times, downright chilling. One scene left me tempted to leave the lights on, LOL! The descriptions of people and places were also really well done–I loved the writing style. The emphasis is more on the mystery than on the characters, which is OK, as the mystery is quite a strange and puzzling one.
However, all the clues are t This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual handed down for generations. However, all the clues are there for readers to follow and although I didn’t figure everything out, I enjoyed trying to do so: View all 7 comments. Dec 01, Hannah rated it it was ok Shelves: When I first started it, it seemed as though it was going to be similar in style to the Charlie Chan mystery series by author Earl Derr Biggers who became one of my favorite “new” authors in Gideon Fell shared character traits with Inspector Chan: The book also followed a similar path to the Chan series: Add to this combination a mystery redolent to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes – The Musgrave Ritualwith it’s cryptic family doggerel, hidden treasure, and sinister murderer in plain sight, and you’re set for a highly atmospheric and entertaining whodunnit from the Golden Age.
Oh, the story had it’s moments, and Carr does have a knack for delivering some shivery, creepy visuals. But in the end, the mind-bending logistics of how the murder was committed, and the flat, abrupt and unsatisfying ending overshadowed any previous enjoyment I had reading the story.
I will still try another Carr mystery, because I enjoy Golden Age mysteries and Carr’s writing is good. This one could be a one off for my personal taste. Well, this had me up until 3 am one night and 6 am another. Actually, I couldn’t put it down because I was too spooked by it. The Starberths became governors what we would call wardens of a prison because they owned the land the prison was built on. They weren’t nice wardens either. Took joy in the hangings, they did. Then they all seemed to die of broken necks, just like their charges.
This is the first Dr. We also meet, briefly, Mrs.
In addition, we meet young Rampole, a young Well, this had me up until 3 am one night and 6 am another. He does figure prominently in the other Dr. Fell books that I have read.
The great man needs a foil. I’m not sure if the policeman, Sir Basil, transfers to the other books or if he stays in Chatterham. Prior to coming to Chatterham, Rampole falls for a comely young miss only to find out later that she is also coming to Chatterham, but Dorothy will be accompanying her brother, Martin.
He is due to take part in the ritual for the male heir on turning He is afraid and, thus, is perhaps overimbibing. We don’t learn too much about cousin Herbert except that he is a bit of a dullard. The ritual requires that the male heir enter the now deserted prison except for rats and spend an hour in the Governor’s Room, opening a safe and reading some documents. Realizing how scared Martin is, Dr. Fell and the rector agree to keep watch from Yew Cottage. Martin will have a lamp with him and they’ll be able to see that nothing happens.
John Dickson Carr is the master of the locked room mystery.
Hag’s Nook (Dr. Gideon Fell, #1) by John Dickson Carr
He may even have created it; I don’t know. But he is very good at them. The Detection Club British mystery writers named him a Master, not something any other Americans had achieved. Oct 26, M. Hag’s Nook hkeco written inand is set in the rural village of Chatterham, England.
They use oil lamps in Chatterham, which was ironic because I was using a little booklight to read by cagr to a lengthy power outage.
Trust me, if you like to read on dark nights without power and scare yourself a bit, this book is not a bad choice! John Dickson Carr is a very clever author in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen, but with generous dollops of gothic suspense. The story centers aroun Hag’s Nook was written inand is set in the rural village of Chatterham, England. The story centers around the abandoned Chatterham Prison, governed for generations by the Starberth family.
Family tradition demands that the eldest Starberth men spend an hour alone in the Governor’s Room on their twenty-fifth birthday Enter series character Gideon Fell, a lexicographer whose study windows look out at the prison. Fell is an engaging character, middle-aged, gruff and with a fondness for a good drink. We meet his wife, visit his cozy home and get an idea of life in Chatterham. We also witness a seemingly unexplainable death Fell sets out to explain with the help of a visiting Dickaon and members of the village.
This is a very entertaining novel, with appealing, layered characters, challenges for the carrr including a cryptogram and a overarching sense of the macabre.
The true test of suspense is what you remember days and weeks later, and the scenes at the Hag’s Nook and the journals of Anthony Starberth are still in my memory because of Carr’s evocative writing. I look forward to adventuring with Dr. May 31, Jack Chapman rated it it was amazing.
Ah, those were the days, a golden age when the inadequacies of the British police were so universally acknowledged that a violent crime involving anyone of social standing had to be investigated by the Chief Constable personally. Ably assisted of course by an eccentric retired academic, the local Rector, and a visiting young American romantically smitten with the murder victim’s sister. The plot of Hag’s Nook is convoluted, preposterous, contrived and hugely enjoyable.
Carr is writing to a strict Ah, those were the days, a golden age when the inadequacies of the British police were so universally acknowledged that a violent crime involving anyone of social standing had to be investigated by the Chief Constable personally.
Carr is writing to a strict formula where the puzzle is the thing: