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The Case of the Constant Suicides

The Case of the Constant Suicides PERSONS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT Alan Campbell a serious young man of about thirty five with a sense of humor stemming from his Scotch ancestry and just the necessary amount of good looks is not such a

  • Title: The Case of the Constant Suicides
  • Author: John Dickson Carr
  • ISBN: 9780060810160
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • PERSONS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT Alan Campbell,a serious young man of about thirty five, with a sense of humor stemming from his Scotch ancestry and just the necessary amount of good looks is not such a bookish young man and certainly not so stuffy that he fails to notice the strictly feminine charms ofKathryn Campbell,who has a hard time keeping a determined look of sevePERSONS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT Alan Campbell,a serious young man of about thirty five, with a sense of humor stemming from his Scotch ancestry and just the necessary amount of good looks is not such a bookish young man and certainly not so stuffy that he fails to notice the strictly feminine charms ofKathryn Campbell,who has a hard time keeping a determined look of severity on her face because she wants to be taken seriously in scholarly matters She is brown haired, about twenty seven and very attractive, and she teaches at the Harpenden College for Women.Dr Colin Campbell,an amiable, hearty man in his late sixties, lives in the old family castle in Scotland He is very short in stature but has broad, burly shoulders and a ferocious grin which makes him seem both powerful and friendly.Miss Elspat Campbell,a middle sized, angular woman with sharp, restless black eyes At the well preserved age of seventy, she is the autocrat of the family Her Scotch brogue is terrific, her voice penetrating, and her passion for respectability verges on the morbid.Charles E Swan,a tallish, leathery faced young man in his late thirties, works on a newspaper in Canada He has a mop of wiry mahogany colored hair, a low, smiling voice and Scotch forebears of which he is extremely proud He is covering a special assignment in Scotland.Alec Forbes,a man of some education but with no wisdom at all about money He is lean and dark faced and is inclined to be moody, to drink too much and to collect enemies He is an inventor of sorts and a famous cyclist.Gideon Fell,though a distinguished scholar, has a bandit mustache that goes well with the salty gusto of his talk and manner A ponderous man, he seems to fill any room he enters When he sits down it is like a man o war easing into dock.Alistair Duncan,tall, stoop shouldered and somewhat nearsighted, has a large Adam s apple and grizzled hair around a pale bald spot He has a dry voice, a bleak smile, and a fair law practice in Scotland.Walter Chapman,the sort of young man who grows a beard at twenty one and spends the rest of his life living up to it, is fresh faced, fashionably dressed, and suave of tongue He is a well chosen representative of the Hercules Insurance CompanyINGS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT Four insurance policiesA leather and metal dog carrierSome very old scotch whiskyA missing diaryA quantity of dry iceThe license plate MGM 1911A dressing gown cordA disjointed fishing rod

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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.

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    1. After developing a taste for the "golden age mysteries" following extensive sessions with Ellery Quinn and Anthony Boucher, I had tried to get hold of books penned by another Master: John Dickson Carr. Unfortunately, most of his books were out-of-print. Now, thanks to the Rue Morgue Press, I got to read one of his most famous stories. Alas, I am not leaving with that satisfactory afterglow that one is supposed to have after finishing a sumptuous meal. Rather, I am leaving with a bitter feeling t [...]


    2. Peggy Arthurs Isn't this an interesting cover? I like it for some reason:) This little pet carrier is the key to the locked room puzzle in this novel. And if you can figure it out you are way smarter than I am! Never in a million years would I have come up with the solution.I did enjoy this book. It was set in Scotland, had characters that I really liked, was humorous and a great mystery! And for you romantics, there was a love story too!Angus Campbell has fallen, jumped or been pushed out of a [...]


    3. Carr, John Dickson. THE CASE OF THE CONSTANT SUICIDES. (1941). ****. This is another locked-room mystery that is ably solved by the arrival of Dr. Gideon Fell. It all starts out when the current owner of a manor in Scotland commits what looks like suicide. He is found at the foot of the tower of the manor (called a castle, but isn’t really), having jumped, or fallen, or thrown out of the top floor room – his bedroom – sixty feet above ground. The room, of course, was locked and bolted from [...]


    4. This book certainly has a lot going for it. It's a locked-room mystery of the highest order: a suicide that for financial reasons is better ruled a murder, but there does not appear to be any way someone could have got into the room to commit the crime. It has diabolically clever twists that had me yelling "Whaaat?!" at the book as they were revealed. It has two very amusing, sharp-witted young leads, whose introductory scene nearly made me laugh out loud, and other funny scenes besides (usually [...]


    5. I started this book, and didn't realize I'd heard a radio play version of it before, the translation having butchered this wonderful title: "Dødstårnet", literally "the tower of death". But, even though I vaguely pictured the plot from before, I never let a JDC novel pass me by, and I also failed to remember who the murderer was, so no harm done.In this book, Alan Campbell is called to Scotland to the castle of his distant relatives, one of which has just died from a fall out of his bedroom wi [...]


    6. The mystery is clever enough, the romance sweet and predictable, but the very very best part is the description of a wicked hangover in Chapter 9. I've read it aloud to several people and am thinking of having it framed. "Alan Campbell opened one eye."From somewhere in remote distances, muffled beyond sight or sound, his soul crawled back painfully, through subterranean corridors, up into his body again. Toward the last it moved to a cacophony of hammers and lights."


    7. There is a sweet shop in Keswick, Cumbria called Friars. It is perhaps the best sweet shop in the world. Inside this palace of sugary delights you can get everything your sweet tooth could ever desire – chocolate footballs, aniseed mints, Pontefract cakes, raspberry bon bons, midget gems, liquorice allsorts, mint wafers, strawberry jellies, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, prosecco jellies, walnut whips, truffle logs… Now, you’ll not satisfy your five-a-day, but if your’r [...]


    8. Ah, classic Fell. My only complaint was the ending. I didn't like how it was resolved. Otherwise, it's an absolute treat.


    9. #13 in the Gideon Fell series, and it well deserves its fame as one of the most popular and best-known titles in the entire series. It is the first book set during World War II, which adds some interest. It combines a classic locked room puzzle for which both Carr and his detective Fell are famous with a Scottish Highland setting, ghostly references, broad humor, and an ending that shows Fell once again letting a murderer go free because to do otherwise would allow an even graver injustice, in h [...]


    10. From the master of the locked-room mystery, not one but two locked-room puzzles! Carr’s detective, Dr Gideon Fell, keeps somewhat in the background. Mostly we see things through the eyes of two young scholars, Alan Campbell and his distant cousin Kathryn, who met unexpectedly when both are summoned to Scotland after the apparent suicide, or possible murder, of old Angus Campbell. Carr goes to a great deal of trouble to show us the many differences between English Law and Scottish Law. Apart fr [...]


    11. This is a fun classic murder mystery. What I really liked about this one is that it was FUN! It was funny, light, and moved quickly. There weren't long and involved explanations of the scenery or drawn-out descriptions of the personalities it was just a story that quickly moved from one scene to the next, creating, complicating, and then resolving the mystery.In the book, several people have been called to a castle in Scotland for a "family meeting" to discuss the death and after-affect of a cer [...]


    12. Easily the best of the four Carr's I have read over the past couple of weeks. It has not one but two locked room mysteries. While neither solution is especially plausible, it's fun to watch Fell work them out.This is a much more linear plot than the other Carrs I have read. It moves straight ahead without side plots. It is the only one of the four which combines humor with an effective mystery. I did sort of guess who did it, though not quite as things actually work out.A plus for me was the exc [...]


    13. Los suicidios constantes nos ofrece una caso policial con algunos toques de humor y, por supuesto, misterio. Es una novela "detectivesca" que resulta ser de lectura simple, pero que tiene momentos en los que se hace todo más intrincado de lo que se nos muestra en un principio; resulta interesante, para el lector, saber qué pasa en realidad, cosa que no podremos descubrir sino hasta que Gideon Fell, nuestro detective de turno, se tome su tiempo y nos muestre la verdad. Sin hacer spoilers, los t [...]


    14. I have read this novel many times and it is always an undiminished pleasure to reread! The mystery is clever but the characters and humor are what make this a great book. It is probably among my favorite novels along with Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles"; Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express", "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" and "And Then There Were None"; Dorothy Sayers "Strong Poison" and "Murder Must Advertise"; Rex Stout's "The League of Frightened Men", "Too Many [...]


    15. Nice quick read. Two people are requested to be present after the suicide/murder of a relative and find themselves swept up in a mystery where, luckily, Gideon Fell has come to help clear up. Things become less clear after a second leap from the tower. There are a lot of details that are listed out to the reader and in doing so Fell is playing fair with giving you tips on finding the killer. A fun read, with lots of typical Carr humor, my first read with Fell as the detective. Takes place in Sco [...]


    16. The case of the constant suicides by John Dickson Carr was originally published in 1941. Three deaths all look like suicides. However, some questions remain.Dr. Fell arrives to investigate. An insurance policy payout hangs in the balance as the deaths are ruled suicide or murder.I love these old 1940's detective novels. This one is one of those infamous locked room murders.Very ahead it's time , cleverly plotted, mystery with sharp dialogue and quick wit, plus a little romance.A very good classi [...]


    17. Another highly enjoyable locked room mystery by the master John Dickson Carr. Set in Scotland and filled with eccentric characters, Scottish lore, romance and often humorous banter, the story is entertaining as well as complex. Dr Gideon Fell arrives part-way through the tale to solve the case. Is is murder, suicide or insurance fraud? Pull this 1941 gem from the stacks and find out how Fell serves up his solution. (To be compared/discussed with Jenny Milchman's Cover of Snow.)


    18. This is a fun murder mystery set in Scotland during WWII. The lead characters have a "meet cute" to set things up and when Gideon Fell arrives the fun kicks up to another level.It's more locked room mystery stuff so you have to accept that it's all going to be a little far fetched but there's a breezy quality about this one that is quite pleasing.


    19. I read this book as it was touted to be one of the greatest locked room mysteries. What can I say? I felt like Watson after Holmes had explained how he got his results. So simple!! how come I never noticed it? Dr. Fell really didn't have much of a role here. I guess I'll have to other books of his to get a feel of him as a detective.


    20. Es un libro ligero, ambientado en Escocia con una buena trama detectivesca, y mucho humor, lo cual hace, que no desentone que los personajes sean británicos, pero no se sientan realmente como tal, sino, una parodia divertida de los mismos. Hasta la fecha el único escritor estadounidense que me ha hecho creer que sus personajes son ingleses reales es Henry James.


    21. Interesting locked room mystery. I was able to figure the first one out, but not the second - so it did keep me thinking. Quirky characters and a few slapstick scenes (that poor reporter !) made it enjoyable.And now I know what the term "mountain dew" originally referred to.


    22. An enjoyable period piece from the Golden Age. Well I guessed how the murder was done in the locked room at the top of the tower very early on, and hence the murderer, but the period charm kept me reading on.


    23. I just hate when the writer does not tell you everything that his/her hero sees or knows. It is unfair to deny key facts from the reader that clearly reveal who the killer is. J D Carr did this in his book, therefore I cannot reward him with more stars.



    24. Book is okay. Guess mysteries from 100 years ago won't have the same energy and pace as current spy and mystery thrillers.






    25. Really enjoyable and very funny; I don't think I've laughed so much at a mystery in quite a long time. And I'm curious to try the Doom of the Campbells now.


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