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Hag's Nook [Paperback]

John Carr
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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: International Polygonics,U.S. (31 Dec 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930330285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930330286
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,530,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Gideon Fell, a history professor, agrees to help Scotland Yard investigate the baffling murder of Martin Starberth, who seems to be the victim of a family curse.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 1 Jan 2002
This was Carr's first Gideon Fell novel and contains some of his best, and most atmospheric, writing. The descriptions of the train journey to Lincolnshire and Dr Fell's cottage are delightful, and the period flashback narrated by the prison governor is gruesome and shuddery.
The plot is ingenious, the murderer's identity a real surprise and there is a final sting-in-the-tail. "Hag's Nook" is certainly in Carr's Top Five and may even be his best book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Dr. Gideon Fell 19 Sep 2003
Although he is little known today, in the 1930s John Dickson Carr was consider the greatest of mystery writers, and he counted both Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers among his many fans. Although Carr published a few earlier novels, in 1933 he struck gold with HAG'S NOOK, in which he introduced Dr. Gideon Fell--a character who would rival both Hercule Poroit and Lord Peter Wimsey in popularity for more than a decade.
Like many Carr novels, HAG'S NOOK is tinged with elements of the supernatural. The novel presents us with the Starberth family, whose family fortune was built several centuries earlier on ownership of a English prison--a prison so brutally managed that the family is said to be cursed. And inheritance of the fortune is dependent upon a strange requirement: on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the heir must spend a full hour alone in the office of the now abandoned prison, which is widely rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of the many who died there. The prospect daunts Martin Starberth, the current heir--and his anxiety fuels the anxiety of his sister Dorothy, the young American visitor Tad Rampole, and Rampole's host Dr. Gideon Fell. And indeed, they have good reason to be anxious, for the hour's vigil brings unexpected death.
In reading HAG'S NOOK, I understand why Carr is considerably less well known today than many of his contemporaries. The plot is pure slight-of-hand, a variation on the "locked room" mystery that attracted so many writers in the 1920s and 1930s. It reads as "tricksy" in an old-fashioned sort of way, and I found myself unable to work up much enthusiasm for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Dr Gideon Fell series 30 Dec 2012
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The very first Dr Fell book in the long, long series written by this author. The basic elements of the detectives character and the style of the stories are all here but like many first novels it lacks the coherence of the best of his later work. For anyone interested in this author though it should not be missed.
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