A long time ago, I ran a poll – three polls in fact – to ascertain the best Agatha Christie novel out there. People asked at the time if I was going to do any more, but I was pushed to think of another author who was well-enough read for it to be worthwhile. The only one who I felt fitted the bill (and who I liked enough to bother doing the poll for) was Brian Flynn John Dickson Carr. But I wasn’t sure…
Anyway, prompted by my ex-blogging chum Sergio, who use to Tip His Fedora at crime books here, I’ve decided to resurrect the idea.
Now the trouble with Carr is that, I think it’s fair to say, the Gideon Fell and Henry Merrivale books are the best read of his titles. There are some significant non-series works and there’s also a number of titles that only the purest of Carr fans have read (and regretted doing so). So I’m going to run three polls – the best Fell, the best Merrivale and the best non-series. To answer some questions:
- Yes, I’m counting Bencolin stories in the last section.
- No, I’m not doing short stories or novellas.
- No, I’m not counting The Murder Of Sir Edmund Godfrey.
- No, I’m not counting the biography of Conan Doyle.
- Yes, I’m counting Devil Kinsmere and Most Secret as one book.
I’ve grouped each category into four groups. The two with the most votes get through to the next round. As picking the groups chronologically would not work for hopefully obvious reasons, I’ve seeded them based on their Goodreads ratings. Yes, I am that sad… Don’t worry if you’ve only read a few – if you liked a book, feel free to vote for it.
Gideon Fell, first of all. Here are the polls – just vote for your favourite, and yes, I’ve hidden the results for now…
Now, the great H.M., Sir Henry Merrivale himself
And now for the miscellaneous extras.
OK, you’ve got until Friday 18th October until midnight, local time, so vote now!