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The Three Coffins (Dr. Gideon Fell, Bk 6)
The Three Coffins - Dr. Gideon Fell, Bk 6 Author:John Dickson Carr THE BEST MYSTERIES OF ALL TIME SERIES BY READERS DIGEST — John dickson Carr is the undisputed king of locked-room mystery an The Three Coffins could be called his crown jewel. Carr was famous for his cleverly crafted tales as well as his belief in " fair play" with readers. He liked to present the reader with all the clues needed to sol... more »ve the mystery, with no trap doors, no quirky poisons, no secret passages, Brain power alone-often in the form of his most noteworthy series character, Dr. Gideon Fell- was enough to solve even the most puzzling of his crimes.
Carr was both versatile and prolific during his very impressive career. He wrote short stories, nonfiction, plays and radio scripts along with novels. In total he published more than eighty books and short stories, and he received the Grand Master lifetime achievement award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1962. His ingenuity in creating impossible -seeming crimes remains unmatched.« less
A wonderful book from a writer whose mysteries range from top notch (this one) to basically unreadable.
This is generally considered the zenith of locked room mysteries, and contains the famous "locked room lecture" in which Gideon Fell enumerates the various ways in which a murderer can do his deed and make it seem impossible.
In a poll conducted for his anthology "All But Impossible," Edward D. Hoch asked a number of mystery writers to name the best miracle-crime novels, and "The Three Coffins" topped the list (Second was Hake Talbot's "Rim of the Pit."
Note: "The Hollow Man" is the British title for "The Three Coffins."