John Dickson Carr
John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) was an American author of detective fiction and mystery novels. He also wrote as Carter Dickson. Carr is the creator of the Dr. Gideon Fell and the Sir Henry Merrivale series. He is considered one of the greatest Golden Age mystery writers, where his detectives would solve seemingly impossible mysteries. Carr spent a number of years living in England, and is often compared to British mystery authors. Most of his novels had English settings, such as country villages and estates, and featured English characters. Carr won two Edgar Awards and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

John Dickson Carr made his debut as a published novelist in 1930 with the novel It Walks by Night. Below is a list of John Dickson Carr’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Department D-3 Books

The Department of Queer Complaints (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Dr. Gideon Fell Books

Hag's Nook (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Eight of Swords (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Blind Barber (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death-Watch (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Three Coffins / The Hollow Man (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Arabian Nights Murder (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Crooked Hinge (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
To Wake the Dead (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Problem of the Green Capsule / The Black Spectacles (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Problem of the Wire Cage (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Man Who Could Not Shudder (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Seat of the Scornful (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Case of the Constant Suicides (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death Turns the Tables / The Seat of the Scornful (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Till Death Do Us Part (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
He Who Whispers (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sleeping Sphinx (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Below Suspicion (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead Man's Knock (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In Spite of Thunder (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The House at Satan's Elbow (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Panic in Box C (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark of the Moon (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Henri Bencolin Books

It Walks by Night (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Castle Skull (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost Gallows (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Four False Weapons (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Sir Henry Merrivale Books

(as Carter Dickson)

The Plague Court Murders (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The White Priory Murders (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Red Widow Murders (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Unicorn Murders (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Punch and Judy Murders /The Magic Lantern Murders (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Peacock Feather Murders / The Ten Teacups (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Judas Window / The Crossbow Murder (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death in Five Boxes (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Reader Is Warned (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
And So to Murder (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nine and Death Makes Ten / Murder in the Submarine Zone (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Seeing Is Believing / Cross of Murder (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gilded Man / Death and the Gilded Man (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
She Died A Lady (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
He Wouldn't Kill Patience (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp / Lord of the Sorcerers (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Late Wives (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Skeleton in the Clock (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Graveyard to Let (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Night at the Mocking Widow (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Behind the Crimson Blind (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cavalier's Cup (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Merrivale, March and Murder (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Poison in Jest (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bowstrings Murders (As:Carter Dickson) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Burning Court (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fatal Descent / Drop to His Death (As: Carter Dickson, With: John Rhode) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Emperor's Snuff-Box (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bride of Newgate (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Devil in Velvet (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Nine Wrong Answers (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Captain Cut-Throat (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fear is the same (As: Carter Dickson) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Patrick Butler for the Defense (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fire, Burn! (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scandal at High Chimneys (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Demoniacs (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Witch of the Low Tide (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Most Secret (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Papa La-Bas (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ghosts' High Noon (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Deadly Hall (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Hungry Goblin (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The New Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Door To Doom, And Other Detections (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead Sleep Lightly and Other Mysteries from Radio's Golden Age (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fell and Foul Play (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
13 to the Gallows (With: Val Gielgud) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Third Bullet and Other Stories (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Island of Coffins and Other Mysteries from the Casebook of Cabin B-13 (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Kindling Spark (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan DOyle (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
It Walks by Night (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Castle Skull (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost Gallows (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mysterious Mr. Badman (By: William Fryer Harvey) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By: Margot Bennett) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of an Author (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Adrian Conan Doyle Collections

(with Adrian Conan Doyle)

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The New Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (With: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of Love and Hate (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (By: Adrian Conan Doyle) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

20 Great Tales of Murder(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nine Detective Stories(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Locked Room Reader: Stories of Impossible Crimes and Escapes(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Daring Detectives(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All but Impossible!(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Deadly Arts(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Handle with Care: Frightening Stories(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
English Country House Murders(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Great Tales of Crime and Detection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: The Waxworks Murder was also titled The Corpse in the Waxworks. The Three Coffins was also published as The Hollow Man. The Black Spectacles was alternately titled The Problem of the Green Capsule.

The Magic Lantern Murders is also known as The Punch and Judy Murders. The Peacock Feather Murders was also released as The Ten Teacups. The Judas Window was also published under the title of The Crossbow Murder. Nine and Death Makes Ten was also published as Murder in the Submarine Zone. Seeing is Believing is also known as Cross of Murder. The Gilded Man was alternately titled Death and the Gilded Man. The Curse of the Bronze Lamp was alternately titled Lord of the Sorcerers.

Drop to His Death was written with John Rhode and alternately titled Fatal Descent. The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes and More Exploits of Sherlock Holmes was written with Adrian Conan Doyle.

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John Dickson Carr Synopses: The Emperor’s Snuff Box is a standalone title by John Dickson Carr. Beside the dead body of Sir Maurice Lawes are the shattered fragments of a snuff-box that once belonged to Napoleon. These fragments tell a tale, or rather two tales, one true and one false. Now, an English expert in criminology forces the evidence to tell the truth about what happened and to point out the real murderer.

In Captain Cut-Throat by John Dickson Carr, when someone begins a killing spree on Napoleon’s personal sentries, captured British agent Alan Hepburn finds himself forced not only to help with the investigation but also to match wits with the Emperor and his chief of police, the wily Fouche.

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