Sunday, July 31, 2022

Till Death Do Us Part (Dr. Gideon Fell #15)

Till Death Do Us Part is the 15th Dr. Gideon Fell mystery by John Dickson Carr. Originally released in 1944 this reformat and re-release, out 5th May 2020 is part of the British Library Crime Classics series by Poisoned Pen Press. The new edition is 272 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. (Other editions available in other formats). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

The author is, of course, known for his impossible locked room mysteries. This is another such. Set in England in the years before the second world war, tranquil village life is rocked by a series of accidents (or perhaps not). Soon Dr. Gideon Fell is on hand from London to untangle the mystery.

As with the others in the series, there is an introduction by mystery history expert and historian Martin Edwards. As engaging as these classic mysteries have been, I have looked forward in equal measure to Mr. Edwards' always insightful background commentary.

Four stars. It's a bit dated (it's 78 years old) but has worn well for all that, with a cleverly constructed mystery, smoothly engineered plot, and well written dialogue.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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