The Corpse in the Waxworks

The Corpse in the Waxworks Set in the nighttime world of Paris in the Twenties this eerie mystery begins when a young woman is found dead in the arms of a waxen satyr in the gloomy depths of the oldest waxwork museum in Paris

  • Title: The Corpse in the Waxworks
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
  • ISBN: 9780060810399
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in the nighttime world of Paris in the Twenties, this eerie mystery begins when a young woman is found dead in the arms of a waxen satyr in the gloomy depths of the oldest waxwork museum in Paris Monsieur Bencolin must infiltrate the Silver Key Club to solve the crime, where masked men and women thrill to secret and forbidden encounters.

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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.

    828 thoughts on “The Corpse in the Waxworks”

    1. After listening to a radio play version of The Burning Court with my boyfriend a couple of weekends ago, I decided I needed to read some good crime again, and got about 30 of John Dickson Carr's novels on my Kindle.This one wasn't quite what I expected, though.From Mr. Carr, I'm used to things in the line of The Burning Court and The Hollow Man and other locked room mysteries, but this one, though quite as eerie, is a bit different.It has a more modern crime build, as well as more action (stakeo [...]


    2. I chose to buy this book because a friend had a copy and I was intrigued by the title. Although the title may suggest horror, it is thoroughly a mystery story. Couldn't really get into the stiff, formal 19th century French characters, although the narrator has his heroic moment. Beyond the few chapters where the narrator does some sleuthing of his own, he is a bare cypher. With no real personality or purpose or than to report on the actions of his brilliant detective friend Bencolin. The story, [...]


    3. Classic Carr, where all silences are unnatural, all darkness tainted with the smell of decay, and every creak freighted with sinister import. It all hangs together, at least as well as it needs to, and the secret masked sex-club next to the ancient waxworks with its dimly-lit horrors is a great gothic setting.


    4. Despite not being familiar with Paris, I found this a very entertaining murder whodunit. Like most of Mr Carr's works, a lot of fun and even the odd reference by the characters of being in a detective story.


    5. I read this when I was a preteen. Back in those days, there was no huge YA section - it was Judy Blume, Trixie Belden, or Robert Louis Stevenson. My reading habits took fits and starts and I syphoned off books from my moms mystery collections - choosing the ones under 200 pages with interesting covers.I remember liking this book. But I in no way recall it. What is awesome is that leaving this non-review has brought to my attention to the fact that it is the fourth of a series! Who knew? Okay, ma [...]


    6. A great book to have read while I was doing the door at the club one night. Silly, overly melodramatic and moderately fun. I did enjoy the masquerade schemes, and the final outcome wasn't as predictable as one might expect. I also really enjoyed flashing the cover to patrons as they inquired as to what I was reading.


    7. Best opening ever: "Bencolin was not wearing his evening clothes, and so they knew that nobody was in danger. For there is a legend about this man-hunting dandy, the head of the Paris police, which is known and believed in all the night haunts from Montmarte to the Boulevard de la Chapelle." Ha. Too bad the rest of the book wasn't quite in suit with those opening lines.


    8. Not as taut as the other Bencolin mysteries. Of course, it was still good, but Bencolin was more flawed in this one than he was in the others. A bit of a let down after The Lost Gallows which wad absolutely superb.




    9. I have a Penguin Books edition reprinted in 1956 (bought secondhand) under the title, The Waxworks Murder, which predates the ISBN.


    10. Now THAT'S what I call a great whodunnit! They don't write them like that any more, and that's a shame. Looking forward to finding more books by this author.



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