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The Blind Barber (Dr Gideon Fell Book 4)

The Blind Barber (Dr Gideon Fell Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

John Dickson Carr
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A thief is loose aboard HMS Queen Victoria, and four amateur detectives are hell-bent on tracking him down. Unprepared for the evidence that their sleuthing activities will uncover - a reel of compromising film, a blood-soaked stateroom bunk, a lethally sharp razor and an emerald elephant - they find themselves sinking deeper into misadventure and pandemonium.

But when the boat arrives in Southampton harbour, another passenger, mystery writer Henry Morgan, calls in the famous Dr Gideon Fell - who identifies sixteen clues that lead him to the murderer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: The Murder Room (19 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZG6YFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Barber of HMS Pinafore 18 April 2014
By jxn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Blind Barber is somewhere between John Dickson Carr’s eighth and thirteenth novel in five years, being one of the six books he published in 1934 alone, and therein lies both its brilliance and its downfall. From a time when an author’s name on the cover meant that they’d actually written that book themselves – remember those days? – six books in a year represents both an astounding richness of ideas yet increases the risk of spreading them a little too thinly and thus lessening their impact. Herein, both are in evidence.

The introduction by Anthony Boucher – clearly from another edition, but a lovely inclusion here – prepares you for an all-out farce that happens to feature murder, and it’s fair to say that the book does come to feel like one of those ensemble cast comedies of the 1950s and 60s both in the broadness of the characters on display and the fact that it’s not really all that funny. And despite Gideon Fell’s comment towards the end that all the clues are jokes, I’m not even sure that some of them are really clues, though there is of course no arguing with the solution (and that in itself is a bit of a disappointment...).

However, it would be wrong to dismiss this as a complete misfire: the different styles don’t quite gel as seamlessly as you’d anticipate, but it’s refreshing and encouraging to see Carr evidently pushing at the bounds of what was admissible as detective fiction. There are more than the usual number of layers at work, too, and most of them are handled with the clarity that commends him above many of his contemporaries. It is also arguably his first real brush with comedy, a facet of his writing that would blossom and bloom into glorious, albeit more contained, hilarity within just a few short years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I always enjoy John Dickson Carr's books. This one, I found so confusing that I only gave it 4 stars. Being confused didn't spoil the story or plot. It was just tiring feeling bewildered all the time. Dr Fell is being told the story, and it is comforting to know that he wasn't confused and was able to work it all out in time to catch the villain.
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