And the results are in… we now know which are the greatest mystery novels ever written by the mighty John Dickson Carr.
And those results are:
The final round here had The Burning Court facing off against The Emperor’s Snuff-Box. I think most people may well have expected such a final and probably predicted the winner here too, gathering 58% of the vote. The best Miscellaneous Carr title is… The Emperor’s Snuff-Box.
Sir Henry Merrivale:
I’m not sure which books people expected to be in the final – perhaps the draw meant that The Judas Window missed out on its place here. But in the face-off between The Reader Is Warned and She Died A Lady, the winner, with a whopping 79% off the votes, was… She Died A Lady. Probably worth noting that the semi-final against The Judas Window was much closer, should anyone want to get into a “second best Merrivale” argument…
Dr Gideon Fell:
I was convinced that this would be won by The Hollow Man, but it fell in the semi-final. So it came down to the puzzle-centric The Black Spectacles vs the atmosphere-driven He Who Whispers. This was actually close for the first day, but by the end of the poll, with 65% of the vote, the best Gideon Fell book is… He Who Whispers.
And now, I’m sitting here, thinking that I haven’t answered the question I posed, namely which is the best Carr novel. I’ve got three… so we better have a final final round, hadn’t we?
Voting open until Saturday midnight – for the ultimate title of Best Carr Ever!