So the results of the quarter-finals are in, but before we get there, a question – are there more iconic Henry Merrivale tales than there are Gideon Fell ones? There aren’t any/many great Fell tales that didn’t make it into the quarter-finals – personally, Death Turns The Tables is the one I’d have hoped would have done better, but it was never going to beat The Black Spectacles and The Case Of The Constant Suicides.
On the other hand, there are a good number of Merrivales that didn’t make it – My Late Wives, The White Priory Murders, The Skeleton In The Clock, The Ten Teacups – that have a good reputation but didn’t make the cut. So, are the Merrivale titles on average better than the Fell ones…
Anyway, the results.
There aren’t many massive surprises. In the Fell category, the biggest shock was The Hollow Man trouncing The Case Of The Constant Suicides nearly 3:1. I expected the inferior book to win, but not by that much. Chapter 17 isn’t that good… Still, at least sense prevailed in another match and the over-rated The Crooked Hinge was soundly beaten by The Black Spectacles. He Who Whispers, as expected, smashed The Mad Hatter Mystery nearly 5:1, and Till Death Do Us Part did similar business against The Man Who Could Not Shudder.
Over to Merrivale – The Judas Window beat The Plague Court Murders, She Died A Lady beat The Red Widow Murders, The Reader Is Warned beat And So To Murder/Death In Five Boxes and in the first bit-of-a-surprise, Murder In The Submarine Zone edged it against He Wouldn’t Kill Patience.
The other surprise is in the miscellaneous category. The Burning Court unsurprisingly beat The Waxworks Murder, The Four False Weapons beat The Bowstring Murders, and The Emperor’s Snuff-Box absolutely smashed The Devil In Velvet. But a result that really pleased me was It Walks By Night was just beaten by my favourite non-series title, The Nine Wrong Answers. Hurrah!
So, on to the semi-finals – now things get very interesting…
Sir Henry Merrivale
Miscellaneous Carr Titles
Not so easy this time, is it? You’ve got until midnight on Friday (give or take) so vote, vote, vote!