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Gli Oscar Mondadori. Penguin Books. Four Square Books. So the dearth of screen treatments of his novels is especially disappointing. In this case, I envision something along the lines of the moody horror flicks that directors like James Whale and Michael Curtiz were making during the same era. That sounds marvellous to me — Whale and Curtiz are two of my very favourites from the era.
What glorious atmospheric fun a Fell series could have been!
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I love this book, although that may be tainted by the rosy memory that it was my first Carr. At the same time it does rely on the heavy misdirection that we get from early Fell stories.
I know what you mean about the denouement. Fabulous review, Mike — I agree this one gets a bit too convoluted towards the end, but the way Carr juggles the various tones so easily should have served as a hint at the time that the man had great things ahead of him. That easy slide from the gentle, almost comical domesticity of the Fell household all the way through to the Gothic chills of the first visit to the castle is handled so effortlessly and is all the more effective for it.
Thanks for your enthusiastic comment, JJ. That ability is very much present in this early work, and would become a feature that distinguishes later entries in the Carr canon. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Only Detect Book Reviews, Mostly. Home About. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Fell is an Englishman who lives in the London suburbs.
Dr Fell is supposedly based upon G. Chesterton author of the Father Brown stories ,  whose physical appearance and personality were similar to those of Doctor Fell. Fell is described as a corpulent man with a moustache who wears a cape and a shovel hat and walks with the aid of two canes. Fell is an amateur sleuth, frequently called upon by the police, whom he frustrates in the usual manner of most fictional detectives by refusing to reveal his deductions until he has arrived at a complete solution to the problem. The most recurring police character was Superintendent Hadley.
Most of Fell's exploits concern the unravelling of locked room mysteries or of "impossible crimes". When he himself becomes frustrated, he is likely to cry out, "Archons of Athens! The wife's name is never given, and little of her character is revealed, except that she is rather eccentric as well.
She goes unmentioned in many of the books, but an allusion to her late in the series indicates that the couple's domestic life is unchanged.