Tuesday, April 16, 2019

PaperBack: “The Bowstring Murders”

Part of a series honoring the late author and blogger Bill Crider.

The Bowstring Murders, by “Carter Dickson,” aka John Dickson Carr (Berkley, 1959). This is apparently the only one of Dickson’s many books to have been published originally (in 1933) as by “Carr Dickson.” Wikipedia adds that it is also “his only novel with the alcoholic detective John Gaunt.” “The Bowstring Murders,” observes the Golden Age of Detection Wiki,” is a bone of contention between fans of Carr’s writings. Some condemn the book; others … quite like it. Although certainly not one of Carr’s best, there is a great deal of detective interest to be found in this tale of walking suits of armour and strangling by bowstring in a haunted medieval castle which boasts the finest private collection of medieval arms and armour in Britain (Dorothy L Sayers says he got his facts wrong).” Cover art by Robert Maguire.

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