John Dickson Carr
John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) was an American writer of crime novels, referred to by some as the king of the locked room or impossible mystery story. He wrote under a number of names, including Carter Dickson. The best place to start or get a flavour of whether you like John Dickson Carr’s writing might be the short story, “The House in Goblin Wood”, which dates from 1947 and was recommended on Five Books by Golden Age mystery specialist Martin Edwards.
Books by John Dickson Carr
Interviews where books by John Dickson Carr were recommended
The Detective Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: Three Tales Featuring C. Auguste Dupin
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
by Gaston Leroux
The Third Bullet and Other Stories
by John Dickson Carr
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
by Agatha Christie
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
by Ross and Shika Mackenzie (translators) & Soji Shimada
Partly as a response to the horrors of World War I, the 1920s and 30s saw a surge in the writing of whodunnits, a period often referred to as the ‘golden age’ of mystery writing. Here, Martin Edwards, one of the leading experts on the genre, picks out some key works, with a special focus on ‘locked room’ mysteries.
In the Golden Age of mystery between the two World Wars, writers loved to devise fiendish plots where seemingly impossible crimes were committed. Tom Mead, author of two ‘locked-room’ mysteries set in the 1930s, introduces us to some of his favourite books in the genre, from the Golden Age itself to books written in more recent decades that pay tribute to its traditions.