So, we’ve finally got a definitive answer to the question – What Is The Best Novel Written By John Dickson Carr.
I’ll be honest, I was a little surprised at how one-sided the final round of the vote was, but we’ll come to the result in a moment.
To recap, the books were subdivided into Gideon Fell, Sir Henry Merrivale and Others. These were divided into four groups based on their Goodreads ratings.
The first and second placed books went through to head to head play-offs – the most surprising casualties at this point were Fire, Burn! and The Ten Teacups.
Then we went to a knockout phase, resulting in the best Gideon Fell title being He Who Whispers, the best Merrivale being She Died A Lady and the best Miscellaneous title being The Emperor’s Snuff-Box.
I’ll admit, I was surprised by one of these – namely He Who Whispers. I thought She Died A Lady was one of three possible winners for Merrivale, with The Judas Window and The Reader Is Warned being the other possibles, but I was convinced The Hollow Man was going to walk the Fell title. I personally think Till Death Do Us Part is a better book – just – than He Who Whispers, but it’s a close run thing. And I had little doubt Snuff-box would win the third title.
The official* best novel by John Dickson Carr is…
He Who Whispers!
Unfortunately, it’s not in print at the moment, but there are plenty of second-hand copies around, as it’s been reprinted a few times over the years. And I can heartily recommend it – one of it’s charms is a more interesting portrayal of the female characters than in a number of other Carr titles.
Many thanks for taking part. Any other suggestions for authors to do more polls on would be much appreciated – not sure who else would get the same response other than taking another run at Dame Agatha again. So stick around, and maybe in a few months…