ACDC, PART TWO: HM = History + Mystery in The Plague Court Murders

“Logic and reason, when not tempered with imagination and sympathy and even childlikeness, produce ruthlessness.” (Douglas Greene) A Carter Dickson Celebration continues – some would say has its legitimate beginning – with 1934’s The Plague Court Murders. After all, as I discussed in our first installment, The Bowstring Murders, written on the fly for quick … Continue reading ACDC, PART TWO: HM = History + Mystery in The Plague Court Murders

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FLOOD, MUD, BLOOD: Goodnight Irene by James Scott Byrnside

“I have seen the swallowing of jewels, a puffer fish poisoning, and a woman strangled with her own cat, but I have never seen anything like this.”      (Rowan Manory) It’s no secret that I always wanted to write a mystery. I have penned a few childish things. No, literally, they were the works … Continue reading FLOOD, MUD, BLOOD: Goodnight Irene by James Scott Byrnside

ACDC, PART ONE: Medieval Ho Hum, er, Mayhem in The Bowstring Murders

And so we begin. A Carter Dickson Celebration has been a long time coming. As I explained before, when I first began to embrace the works of John Dickson Carr, my youthful stubbornness caused me to opt for Gideon Fell and reject Sir Henry Merrivale. Was this foolish of me? Perhaps. Am I unhappy about … Continue reading ACDC, PART ONE: Medieval Ho Hum, er, Mayhem in The Bowstring Murders