- The Case of the Constant Suicides
infobox Book |
name = The Case of the Constant Suicides
image_caption = The 1963 Penguin paperback edition
John Dickson Carr
language = English
genre = Mystery, Detective novel
Hamish Hamilton(UK) & Harper(USA)
release_date = 1941
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 192 pp
isbn = ISBN 0020188609
The Man Who Could Not Shudder(1940)
Death Turns the Tables(1941)
"The Case of the Constant Suicides", first published in
1941, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr. Like much of Dickson Carr's work, this novelis a locked room mystery, in addition to being a whodunnit. Unlike most of the other Dr. Fell novels, this story has a high humour level, reminiscent of the Henry Merrivale works.
Members of a large and widespread Scottish family are brought together at a highland castle in order to resolve various pieces of family business following a death. Suspicious events soon begin to occur, the body count rises, and a verdict of suicide is not necessarily to be trusted. Enter the gargantuan Doctor
Gideon Fell, who applies his substantial powers of deduction to the problem of how men can be indirectly murdered while they're inside locked, sealed and inaccessible rooms.
Characters in "The Case of the Constant Suicides"
Gideon Fell– medical doctor and amateur detective, protagonist
*Dr. Alan Campbell (M.A. Oxon, Ph.D. Harvard) – professor of history
*Kathryn Campbell – teaches history at the Harpenden College for Women
*Dr. Colin Campbell
*Miss Elspat Campbell
*Charles E. Swan
Literary significance and criticism
"This has been called "Carr at his best" by someone in the "Saturday Review". The statement is true, for this tale offers a few characters and a few problems that are soberly and adroitly dealt with, instead of being enveloped in a mixture of highjinks and red herrings as the author likes to do with his good situations and brilliant solutions."Barzun, Jacques and Taylor, Wendell Hertig. "A Catalogue of Crime". New York: Harper & Row. 1971, revised and enlarged edition 1989. ISBN 0-06-015796-8]
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