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Professor Charles Grimaud received his visitor in his study. No one seem to bat an eyelid that the visitor had a papier-mache face, and left no footprints in the snow, but they admitted the visitor anyway. But when a gunshot is heard from the study, the alarm is raised — the door is broken down and Grimaud is found, shot dead.

Nobody could have escaped from the room — the only access was through a window with a sheer drop and with undisturbed snow underneath. But just as nobody could have left that room, nobody could have murdered Pierre Fley in Cagliostro Street, shot at close range in front of witnesses but with nobody in sight and again, surrounded by more undisturbed snow. Fley had threatened Grimaud in front of witnesses — but did they have a common enemy? And was it a hollow man?

There is a lot to like here. The atmosphere and overall impossibility of the puzzle is stunning, as is the set-up. The murder of Fley is impressively done — the impossibility has a rational explanation that makes perfect sense. First off all — and this has always bugged me — the fact that nobody seems bothered by the masked stranger. Someone walks into the house wearing a papier-mache mask and no one bats an eyelid.

Moreover, there are flaws with the solution. Now without spoiling things:. But not as much as the better ones…. As I recall I did like Spectacles more, and of course The Judas Window, and a couple of the better Merrivales, but the lecture really was a treat.

Like Like. I think I am probably of a similar mind to you with this book. Also very excited to see what you make of the next Horowitz book…. I did wonder if this might be the one chum. A great choice. Well done on your amazing staying power Steve and heartiest congratulations.

I found it slightly dry in parts, and somewhat fanciful in the intricacies of its solution. But I enjoyed it nonetheless — just not as much as I enjoyed one or two of the other titles. Thanks for the countdown — I enjoyed reading how you worked your way through to the th post.

A pity that not more of the titles were Highly Recommended. Congrats for reviews! I agree that there is a needless cheat involving the murders but otherwise the book is perfect. The second murder is probably my all-time favourite impossibility along with the second death in Whistle Up the Devil! Like Liked by 1 person. Something of a cracked diamond, but still a diamond. Hi Puzzle Doctor, well done. Your reviews have been very helpful.

I will try and read more golden age novels as well. Congratulations on reaching one thousand, PD! Case in point: the Horowitz!

I have nothing new to add to the way people feel about THM: second murder is cool, plot is complex as heck! My favorite part was the meta-bit in the lecture where Dr. Congratulations on reaching this mighty milestone. As others have noted, you picked a fine book to mark the occasion. Is this book overrated? Is it still worth reading? Again, yes. I like that this is one of the few books that shows how different people can hear the same thing and disagree on what is being said.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. November 26, November 26, Puzzle Doctor. Alone… Nobody could have escaped from the room — the only access was through a window with a sheer drop and with undisturbed snow underneath.

Now without spoiling things: the reason for the central misconception concerning the crimes; the explanation for the lack of footprints in the snow around the house; the method for the locked room; all disappoint.

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The murderer of Dr Grimauld walked through a locked door, shot his victim and vanished. He killed his second victim in the middle of an empty street, with watchers at each end, yet nobody saw him, and he left no footprints in the snow. And so it is up to the irrepressible, larger-than-life Dr Gideon Fell to solve this most famous and taxing of locked-room mysteries. In a way, I should not be giving this such a good rating as I have but its very oddity makes it a very interesting and challenging read, unlike most other mysteries from the 'Golden Age. Please sign in to write a review.

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#17: The Hollow Man, a.k.a. The Three Coffins (1935) by John Dickson Carr

Like Liked by 1 person. Like Like. The Hollow has definitely been a book I have been wanting to read in its entirety, having only just read part of the The Locked Room Lecture chapter. John Pugmire ] The Invisible Event. The Invisible Event. Murphy The Invisible Event. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

Professor Charles Grimaud received his visitor in his study. No one seem to bat an eyelid that the visitor had a papier-mache face, and left no footprints in the snow, but they admitted the visitor anyway. But when a gunshot is heard from the study, the alarm is raised — the door is broken down and Grimaud is found, shot dead. Nobody could have escaped from the room — the only access was through a window with a sheer drop and with undisturbed snow underneath. But just as nobody could have left that room, nobody could have murdered Pierre Fley in Cagliostro Street, shot at close range in front of witnesses but with nobody in sight and again, surrounded by more undisturbed snow. Fley had threatened Grimaud in front of witnesses — but did they have a common enemy? And was it a hollow man?

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It is said that:. According to the evidence, he killed his first victim and literally disappeared… he killed his second victim in the middle of an empty street, with watchers at either end; yet not a soul saw him, and no footprint appeared in the snow. The narrative though then shifts to prior both of the crimes, focusing on a suspicious circumstance in a pub where Grimaud drinks with his friends, Stuart Mills, Anthony Pettis, Boyd Mangan and Jerome Burnaby. One night whilst in the pub, Grimaud is threatened by an illusionist called Pierre Fley hinting that his brother is after him.

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