He Who Whispers

He Who Whispers A DR GIDEON FELL MYSTERY Outside the little French city of Chartres industrialist Howard Brookes is found dying on the parapet of an old stone tower Evidence shows that it was impossible for anyone t

  • Title: He Who Whispers
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
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  • A DR GIDEON FELL MYSTERY Outside the little French city of Chartres, industrialist Howard Brookes is found dying on the parapet of an old stone tower Evidence shows that it was impossible for anyone to have entered at the time of the murder, however someone must have, for the victim was discovered stabbed in the back Who could have done it And where did they go When nA DR GIDEON FELL MYSTERY Outside the little French city of Chartres, industrialist Howard Brookes is found dying on the parapet of an old stone tower Evidence shows that it was impossible for anyone to have entered at the time of the murder, however someone must have, for the victim was discovered stabbed in the back Who could have done it And where did they go When no one is convicted, the mystery remains unsolved for years until a series of coincidences brings things to a head in post war England, where amateur sleuth Dr Gideon Fell is on the scene to work out what really happened.

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    1. John Dickson Carr

      AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.John Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1906 It Walks by Night, his first published detective novel, featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin, was published in 1930 Apart from Dr Fell, whose first appearance was in Hag s Nook in 1933, Carr s other series detectives published under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson were the barrister Sir Henry Merrivale, who debuted in The Plague Court Murders 1934.

    839 thoughts on “He Who Whispers”

    1. It always surprised me that John Dickson Carr--at least initially; he reevaluated his position later in life--was critical of the hardboiled detective novel. Of the traditional mystery writers, he comes the closest to the hardboiled school. Not in terms of what he considered hardboiled’s most obvious traits: the chases and sluggings [his words] and cleavage. No, what he shared with them--and did not share with most of his contemporaries--was movement. He eschewed that one staid location where [...]


    2. "He Who Whispers" is a mystery novel (1946) by detective novelist John Dickson Carr. Like Many of the works by this author which feature so-called impossible crimes (for the most part, falling into the category of the locked room mystery). In this case, the novel falls into a smaller category of Carr's work in that it is suggested that the crime is the work of a supernatural being (here, a vampire). The detective is Dr. Gideon Fell.This novel is of some significance in the field of the Golden Ag [...]


    3. Da uno dei maestri indiscussi del giallo della camera chiusa, un gioiello nel quale si respira l' affascinante atmosfera di altri tempi. Quella dei delitti silenziosi e misteriosi compiuti in angoli cupi, dei maggiordomi obbedienti delle grandi case aristocratiche, dei pugnali conficcati nella schiena, della parole di morte sussurrate all'orecchio e dei criminologi arguti che risolvono enigmi impensabili nella semioscurità di un salotto mentre fuori imperversano tuoni e lampi. Il terrore ha mor [...]



    4. This is one of the finest, most ingenious, and most atmospheric of the classic "locked room" mystery novels of John Dickson Carr. It is also one of his most somber and frightening books. While the author is most famous for his intricate and hard to solve murder puzzles, at least some of his hardcore fans like myself most enjoy the brooding atmosphere he creates, with a hint of the supernatural hanging over sometimes appalling crimes. He Who Whispers is particularly great in its creation of this [...]


    5. Excellent murder mystery with a supernatural (vampire) twist, this is my first time reading a Carr novel, and my first Dr. Fell adventure as well and it certainly won't be the last! Unlike some mystery writers from this era, Carr has a fantastically clear writing style that makes following the endless twists and turns fun and exciting, instead of frustratingly confusing. Carr paints such a hauntingly sad portrait of a gorgeous woman plagued by her past, you can't help but fall in love with her, [...]



    6. Gotta love the cheesy cover, this is the one I got too at a thrift store.I like Carr! Possibly more -- or as much -- as I like Agatha Christie! The quaint British detective story is my poison instead of the gritty and gross modern CSI mystery. The only downside to this novel is that you can kinda guess the killer early on and I wasn't sure who the sleuth was at first, Thought it was the French guy, and Carr was doing his own version of Poirot, but then he just throws in red herrings and Doctor F [...]


    7. I enjoyed this book so much! I'm really loving this little books and tea subbox. I'm loving these little British mysteries that I've never heard of but can spend my Saturdays enjoying with a nice cup of tea. It's been very relaxing and wonderful. I'm glad I've received such great books thus far!So this one was fascinating. Right from the get go, I was intrigued by the existence of the Murder Club. I'm still quite sad that didn't end up being a focal point (I'm wondering if it is in other books i [...]


    8. Fairly run-of-the-mill impossible crime. Six years ago, a man was killed atop a tower in France. He'd argued violently with his son; his son's fiancé was rumored to be all sorts of trouble, and was suspected in his death. But since the man was very clearly alone on the tower when he was stabbed As usual, Dr. Fell explains it all.The puzzle itself wasn't bad, and the murder method even reappeared on TV within the past year. But it didn't seem to have the energy or immediacy of Carr's earlier wor [...]


    9. A "locked door" murder mystery that hints at vampires. The book starts with a meeting of the Murder Club, which actually makes the book appear to be heading in a direction it never actually goes. I got kind of excited when I thought the Murder Club had dissapeared, but then the book when in a different direction. The actual mystery was quite cool and worth the read. I always have a slight problem with books that have mysteries we the readers couldn't possibly solve, but the actual solution in th [...]


    10. My favorite of Carr's mysteries. Not his best "impossible crime" gimmick but, in my opinion, it is best told tale among his novels. It is also, I believe, the only story in which he manages to write a fairly believable romantic subplot. I have reread it numerous times and expect to do so many more.


    11. This review also appears on my blog silashruparellMy one liner: Manipulative behaviour always gets found out. The clues will have been clear and unambiguous once you get to the end and all is revealed in this oldie whodunit. Some nice historical insight into post-war London also."People didn’t celebrate that victory hysterically, as for some reason or other the newspapers liked to make out. What the newspapers showed was only a bubble on the huge surface of the town. Like himself, Miles Hammon [...]


    12. Po fakt dlouhé době jsem sáhl po knížce z anglické detektivní školy, po expertovi na tajemství zamčených pokojů, Johnu Dicksonovi Carrovi. Dřív mě hodně fascinoval (i tím, že v jedné jeho knize přiznává jeho detektiv, že je jen literární postava), v současnosti je už pro mě anglická škola asi tak zábavná jako čtení zadání do křížovky. Ale tohle má vážně hodně propracované a promyšlené zadání. A jo, člověk fakt musí snést to, že jsou postavy ( [...]


    13. I specifically took time and efforts to buy this book as its not published anymore. I had heard praises for this impossible murder mystery and couldn't pass this off. Overall, after reading the book, my thoughts are mixed with its rating. While this is no doubt one of the macabre and supernatural tone to this story, unlike any other Dr. Fell cases, the lingering suspense and fast-paced run till the climax gives it a detective, turn-next-page zeal as well. And that's every my good feel for the bo [...]


    14. Miles Hammond is bemused to be invited to the first meeting of the Murder Club in five years, then flummoxed when none of the illustrious members arrive. It's just him, a charming young lady named Barbara, and Prof. Rigaud, who was to lecture on an infamous murder from before the war: a staid English family, an alluring secretary, and a man found stabbed in the back atop a tower no one else could have entered. Miles soon finds the old mystery causing ripples in the present day. Luckily, his good [...]


    15. Another AMAZING pair of impossible crimes that stick in the mind and send shivers down the spine - but populated by characters I have serious problems with. Carr's female characters, in particular, are like no human females I've ever met, and so reading about them is a frustrating exercise. But this is still classic golden-age stuff and a lot of fun. 12+*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking [...]


    16. 算是舊書重新溫習。我一直沒有很喜歡卡爾,因為他製造懸疑轉折的方式有時候讓我不太耐煩(就是關鍵時刻不該跑掉的人突然跑了,或者某人講話突然被另一個人打斷),這一本的偵探菲爾博士我又不是很愛(我比較喜歡卡爾用另一個筆名寫的系列,偵探是律師Henry Merrivale|),但這兩天不知道為什麼突然想起來——因為卡爾在這本書裡安排了一個很特別的女性角色,所以雖 [...]


    17. Very clever murder, or an attempt at one, anyway.In this story, towards the end, Dr. Fell hinted towards Fay's eroticism and her numerous sexual partners, which I suppose could be considered as a sex addiction or nymphomania.Here is an interesting from Curt in this review (mysteryfile/blog/?p=6646#c)"I do think it’s funny, though, in these books that you never have male nymphomaniacs, so the speak (I just looked this up: male nymphomania is called satyriasis! Who even knew that?). I think the [...]


    18. Miles Hammond is invited by Dr. Gideon Fell to join a dinner of the Murder Club. He is a soldier who just got out of a year and a half convalescence after being gassed. During that time, he and his sister inherited a rather large fortune as well as a large estate with an incredible library. But Miles is at loose ends. He can't even make it on time to the Murder Club dinner. When he gets there though, the club members aren't even there. Just another guest (Barbara Morell) and a man with a fantast [...]


    19. "At the edge o the woods by the river stands the tower. Once part of a chateau since burnt down, only the tower remains. The inside is but a shell with a stone staircase climbing spirally up the wall to a flat stone roof with a parapet."On that parapet the body of Howard Brooke lay bleeding. The murdere, when Brooke's back was turned, must have drawn the sword-cane from it sheath and run him through the body. And this must have ocurred betwen ten minutes to four and five minutes past four, when [...]


    20. Book #16 in the Gideon Fell series, published in 1946, and it appears to be only after the Allies had won the war that Carr could bring himself to write about what it had done to the England he loved. It shows what a master he is that he can write with so few words and create such depth of tragic feeling, and at the same time create a twisted and fascinating story that is part conventional murder mystery, part history of the devastation of war, part psychological thriller, and part vampire story [...]


    21. I like these post-war mysteries more for their historical details about everyday life and their frankly tortured approach to the moral ambiguity of writing about death for money (and our collusion in this morally grey area as readers and purchasers of the books) than for the "locked-room" puzzles, I realized. It's an odd combination of pure escapism (the characteristic "locked-room" puzzle for which JDC is known) and disgust for the fact that the writer and reader can intellectualize it in this [...]


    22. Same kind of plot set-up as the one by him as Carter Dickson I read recently - mysterious unsolved crime in past (not actually locked room, but person on top of tower alone and observed), related crime in present; I guessed the identity of the perp of the attempted murder, though without all the intricacies of motive. Rather skimmed the last quarter or so. Also, that weak heart seemed to come and go a lot depending on necessities of the plot.


    23. Dr. Fell is the master of the closed room mystery. Carr gives him a good run here - and in almost all the Fell books. Good story, good mood settings, good characters. "I do not like thee, Dr. FellThe reason why I cannot tell;But this I know, and know quite well,I do not like thee, Dr. Fell."This Dr. Fell I quite like.


    24. This is not as good as the best John Dickson Carr for me. The scarcity of personnel in the settings made it (relatively) easy to figure out the 1939 murderer. And when the murder is solved, it is convenient to fix one's eyes on the one that provides continuity between the 1939 incident and the Marion Hammond scare.Quite atmospheric, I'd grant that, but ultimately only a 2.75.


    25. Yksi Carrin parhaista dekkareista. Vampyyrimystiikalla höystetty murhamysteeri tempaa mukaansa niin että melkein hyppelin rivien yli päästäkseni nopeammin loppuun. Vaikka olen lukenut tämän(kin) Gideon Fell-tarinan jo aikaisemmin, tunsin välillä pelonväristyksiä. Carr osaa mestarillisesti lisätä kauhuelementtejä ja yliluonnollista tunnelmaa dekkareihinsa.


    26. Has a long preamble with a story that seems to be going nowhere and seems kind of gothic. Then my man Dr. Fell comes on the scene in his big black cape. Don't think he had the shovel hat in this one. But once he comes on the scene, it just moves like gangbusters. It tool a while for Dr. Fell to wrap up the story and Miles goes racing off. Lots of fun, though.


    27. This is a classic mystery on the edge of noir - Carr likes to describe all the shadows, and gives us lots of rain and overcoats. I didn't see the twist coming as to who was the murderer, and he had me a few times thinking it was different people. It was written in 1946, and it made great use of the war for both setting and small plot touches.


    28. A Doctor Fell, "locked room" mystery.Twenty years ago a man was found stabbed to death with his own sword cane atop an ancient tower. There were enough witnesses outside that no one could have entered without being seen. The locals mutter about vampires.Interesting, Entertaining.Has elements of the supernatural, but is grounded in reality.


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