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In the shadowy hallway of clockmaker Johannes Carver's house a policeman is found murdered, the arrow-tipped minute hand of a monumental antique clock embedded in his neck. For Dr Gideon Fell this is the only case that has ever really frightened him, and before he can solve it he must find answers to some seemingly impossible questions. Why was Calvin Boscombe standing near the corpse with a silencer on his gun? Who locked the attic door? And what has become of the 16th-century death-watch?

©1935 The Estate of Clarice M. Carr (P)2019 Oakhill Publishing

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Dr Fell at his best

A typically tricky puzzle from locked-room maestro John Dickson Carr. Jonathan Keeble is a magnificent Dr Fell.

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  • Em
  • 22-07-19

IT'S NOT ALWAYS WISE TO REVISIT BOOKS YOU ONCE...

....enjoyed! Thanks to a grandmother who borrowed almost nothing except mystery novels from her local library I had read many of the Golden Age crime writers by the time I was 10 or 11. John Dickson Carr, who also wrote as Carter Dickson, was one of my favourites - not just a master of plot but often very creepy as well. I remember enjoying Death-Watch without recalling it in any detail, so looked forward to renewing the experience. Sadly, 65 years on, I find it unconvincing, laboured, over-wrought and sometimes downright silly. This certainly hasn't been true of most of the audiobooks I've listened to of Carr's contemporaries. It might not be true of his Carter Dickson books, either, so I would be prepared to listen to one of those if it turns up as an audiobook.
None of my disappointment reflects on the narrator - Jonathan Keeble is his usual excellent self.

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can someone please explain to the narrator

when someone goes harrumph they dont SAY harrumph! rubbish! lots of narrator errors. finished early.

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Don't understand the scenario

Maybe it is easier to understand when you are reading but I really haven't got a clue who all the people are or why they all live in the same house. I had just really enjoyed another Dickson Carr title, To Wake the Dead, but this made no sense to me. And why has the same narrator got a different accent for Hadley?

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  • Arnfinn Rong
  • 26-07-19

Perfect Reader! And Perfect Writer!

A perfect reading by Jonathan Keeble! And the best book by Carr.

Dear publishers: Please produce more Carr/Carter books, with JONATHAN KEEBLE

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  • Karoline Thorstensen
  • 25-07-19

It's rare that I don't know who the killer is

But Carr manages to keep it a secret till the very end every time and I absolutely love it!!!

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  • Maureen
  • 21-07-19

5 Stars

I love golden age novels and was delighted to see this...Another great John Dickson Carr mystery featuring Gideon Fell.