My regular readers will probably remember that I’ve already reviewed The House at Goblin Wood, the only short story written by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr featuring Sir Henry Merrivale. But I’m asking for a little in solving a little mystery.
Recently I passed 20,000 visits to my little blog and I was perusing my most visited pages. Most of the top ten are pretty obvious – mostly top fives and best of posts and one of my earliest reviews, The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen. There’s also my rant about Jennifer Garner being the new Miss Marple, the review of The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin and the review of The House in Goblin Wood.
Now I understand The Death Maze – Ariana Franklin has a large number of ardent followers – and quite rightly too, it’s a very good book and I’m planning on revisiting the rest of the series in the nearish future. But The House in Goblin Wood has more than three times the views of any other Merrivale and is the fifth most common search term leading to the site – along with a number of variations as well. Some people seem to be searching directly for a plot summary of the story.
So, put your thinking caps on, fellow armchair sleuths. Why is this little story, excellent as it is, so popular?