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The House At Satan's Elbow (Gideon Fell, Bk 21)
The House At Satan's Elbow - Gideon Fell, Bk 21
Author: John Dickson Carr
Pennington Barclay, master of Greengrove, is murderously attacked in his library by something that exits from a completely locked room. The entire household - including Pennington's beautiful young wife, and his nephew, who is the heir to Greengrove by virtue of a newly discovered will -- is in an uproar. Estelle Barclay, Pennington's sp...  more »
ISBN: 111753
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 220
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Publisher: Award Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Plot: Garrett Anderson accepts an invitation from old friend Nick Barclay to spend some time at Nick's home Greengrove, an old house located on a point of land known as Satan's Elbow. Once there, he becomes involved in a family intrigue, involving Nick's inheriting the estate that his uncle had expected to enjoy. An attempt on the life of the uncle, and stories about the ancestral ghost being seen again, plus the presence of a woman Garrett loves but he believed lost, make for an interesting weekend in the country.

My Review: Carr's mystery novels range from the exceptional to the unreadable. This falls somewhere in between, although closer to the latter category. The plot and the explanation of the impossiblilites are sort of a stretch. Many of the characters talk in ludicrous ways, calling one another "sobesides," "Solon," and "old son" (and that's not even from Gideon Fell, whose language is always colorful.) One character even uses the phrase "no, no, and a thousand times, no" -- although this was written and is set in the 1960's. The coincidences that move the plot along are so outlandish that they will try the patience of the most undescriminating reader.

Not recommended.

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