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The Emperor's Snuff-Box 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 Actually seven stars, if that is possible A masterpiece This is the third time that I ve read the book and even though I knew who the murderer was I still could not put it down And when I was finished I looked at the ebook version and read the first chapter again The story is so good, so well written and so brilliantly conceived This is not an impossible crime like most of Carr s other books or a historical mystery like some of Carr s later books But it shows that he has a command of many Actually seven stars, if that is possible A masterpiece This is the third time that I ve read the book and even though I knew who the murderer was I still could not put it down And when I was finished I looked at the ebook version and read the first chapter again The story is so good, so well written and so brilliantly conceived This is not an impossible crime like most of Carr s other books or a historical mystery like some of Carr s later books But it shows that he has a command of many genres of the detective story Carr also gives us all the clues to solve the mystery on our own I am a great fan of Carr and this is among his best I became hooked on John Dickson Carr when I read The Devil in Velvet His best books were written in the Golden Age of detective fiction, the 1920s, 1930s and early 40s.The author always left a clue in his books as to who had committed the murder Sometimes I could achieve this but other times, as in this book, I couldn t.Based in France, the story begins when Helena, the wife of Sir Maurice Lawes, finds him murdered Eve Neill lives over the road and can see, not everything of course, what is I became hooked on John Dickson Carr when I read The Devil in Velvet His best books were written in the Golden Age of detective fiction, the 1920s, 1930s and early 40s.The author always left a clue in his books as to who had committed the murder Sometimes I could achieve this but other times, as in this book, I couldn t.Based in France, the story begins when Helena, the wife of Sir Maurice Lawes, finds him murdered Eve Neill lives over the road and can see, not everything of course, what is going on in their villa At the side of Sir Maurice s body the remains of a snuff box are found, that had once belonged to Napolean.What baffles M Goron investigating the murder is that Eve had never seen the snuff box before the murder but she claims that she saw it at a distance of fifty feet.I had my suspicisons about Ned Atwood, the divorced husband of Eve who reappears on the scene but I couldn t put my finger on it.I m not going into the story further Just read it as it s brilliant A neat murder mystery with the main clues hidden in plain sight and a snarky author s voice Dated, especially in respect to the main female characters, but I had an enjoyable time with it. Cracking mid era tale from Dickson Carr.No Merrivale or Fell or even a locked room this time but a page turner of a mystery none the less.Its fairly clued throughout and comes highly recommended After a facebook posting about this book, exclaiming a twist that was quite good I decided to pick up this Carr book The detective is not one of the three common ones and while this take place in France, the people are English Since I was on the lookout I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out who done it But there was a lot of odd bits of events I figured out one aspect but wasn t sure if I was right about another and while I was pleased with the ending, LOTS O TWISTS it w After a facebook posting about this book, exclaiming a twist that was quite good I decided to pick up this Carr book The detective is not one of the three common ones and while this take place in France, the people are English Since I was on the lookout I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out who done it But there was a lot of odd bits of events I figured out one aspect but wasn t sure if I was right about another and while I was pleased with the ending, LOTS O TWISTS it was well done What struck me as beingmemorable were the characters, who while were very quirky at times, were well drawn and in keeping with the location of France the psyche of the people was also an aspect of the story one s strengths being also a flaw A wickedly clever plot from John Dickson Carr One star deducted as I think the final romantic scene was a bit too cheesy. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Good light reading John Dickson Carr wrote many detective stories under several different pseudonyms The Emperor s SnuffBox is representative of the fine stories he created It s based on the classic conundrum of the man having an affair with a married woman They are in a bedroom when they witness a murder being committed in a room across the street They are the only witnesses and when an innocent man is charged with the crime, they must decide whether to reveal what they know, making their Good light reading John Dickson Carr wrote many detective stories under several different pseudonyms The Emperor s SnuffBox is representative of the fine stories he created It s based on the classic conundrum of the man having an affair with a married woman They are in a bedroom when they witness a murder being committed in a room across the street They are the only witnesses and when an innocent man is charged with the crime, they must decide whether to reveal what they know, making their affair public, or to remain silent Carr makes the scenario eveninteresting Eve Neill has her ex husband in her bedroom He wants to win her back before she can marry Tony Lambs They witness the murder of Tony s father, who lives across the street Through a series of bizarre circumstances, Eve gets locked out of her house, gets blood on her nightgown, and a piece of a shattered snuff box that was found next to the murdered man is discovered in her clothes That unexplainable piece is the key to the solution of this marvelous puzzle She is charged with the murder but hopes she will be able to count on her ex to substantiate her alibi But Ned is dying of a contused head wound The solution is pure Carr who was famous for his locked room mysteries Finally, I have read a John Dickson Carr book This has been one of those authors I ve been wanting to read for a very long time, and now that I ve finally done it, I can see myself reading a lotThis was a mystery that was carefully crafted and full of tension, which is amazing given how short of a period of time the story takes place in Normally, or at least in my experience, when a mystery takes place in a short period of time, the book seems to be frantic in it s pacing, almost schizo Finally, I have read a John Dickson Carr book This has been one of those authors I ve been wanting to read for a very long time, and now that I ve finally done it, I can see myself reading a lotThis was a mystery that was carefully crafted and full of tension, which is amazing given how short of a period of time the story takes place in Normally, or at least in my experience, when a mystery takes place in a short period of time, the book seems to be frantic in it s pacing, almost schizophrenic, not sure where it s supposed to be going With The Emperor s Snuff Box, Carr kept the pace at a steady clip, giving me just enough energy to keep it interesting, without losing the tension that needs to be built up.I think a large part of that had to do with the character of Eve Neil She may not behave in exactly the same manner I would, given the same set of circumstances, but the force of her personality is what the entire books revolves around It is impossible for this book to have been written, with a different type of character as the lead, it just wouldn t have worked For that matter, there wasn t a weak character in the group, though there were one or two that I could have done without I get why they were there, to divert attention away from the truth, but they still annoyed the hell out of me.There were really three male leads in this one Ned Atwood, Eve s ex husband, who definitely isthat he appears to be, Toby Lawes, Eve s fiance, quiet and old fashioned, but it s always that kind of man who is hiding something, and then there is Dr Dermot Kinross, a specialist in the criminal mind Ned is a rake, a scoundrel, and just a tad bit dangerous, but you can t help but like him Even at the end, when everything is out in the open, part of me wanted the two of them back together Toby on the other hand is, on the surface, the kind of man you are supposed to like Solid, dependable, and just a tad bit stuffy, he is the stereotypical Englishman Too bad he is an immoral snake who can t keep it in his pants It s a good thing the story takes place in France, otherwise he may have been as stodgy as he appeared I never liked him, and I m glad the book ended the way it did, at least as far as he s concerned Then we have the hero, Dermot I really enjoyed his character, and I really wish Carr would have continued with him in further books Not sure why he didn t, though some of what I read online suggest a bias of Carr s part, but then why did Carr write him to begin with Either way, he is the detective of the piece and has no problem getting to the heart of the case, discovering the truth in a most logical way, but still using a bit of instinct to guide him.If you couldn t tell by now, I loved the book The mystery itself was ingenious, and not one I really had a clue about until the big reveal But it wasn t an ending that comes out of the blue, yeah, I didn t pick up on the clues, but they were there I guess it s just a good thing I ll never be relied upon to solve a murder or two Eve Neill divorces her husband, only to find him creeping back into her house at night, with the intention of trying to win her back While they argue, they witness the man in the house opposite get his head smashed in while sitting at his desk by the window, studying a newly acquired antique.First of all, I was a little put off by the fact that none of my favorite detectives made an appearance in this book No Sir Henry, no Dr Fell But, to be fair, even though I missed the presence of a force Eve Neill divorces her husband, only to find him creeping back into her house at night, with the intention of trying to win her back While they argue, they witness the man in the house opposite get his head smashed in while sitting at his desk by the window, studying a newly acquired antique.First of all, I was a little put off by the fact that none of my favorite detectives made an appearance in this book No Sir Henry, no Dr Fell But, to be fair, even though I missed the presence of a forceful sleuth, this novel isn t really focused on the detective, but rather, the victims.This book is also a little uneven It has most of its action at the very front, which is unusual and something I m not used to For the plot s sake, it needs to be there, and it s good, but I just wish there wasaction at the book s climax as well.It is, however, a very well written book, as usual, in terms of plot Many red herrings and ingeniously planted clues, and for that, I enjoyed it a lot


About the Author: John Dickson Carr

AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.John Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1906 It Walks by Night, his first published detective novel, featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin, was published in 1930 Apart from Dr Fell, whose first appearance was in Hag s Nook in 1933, Carr s other series detectives published under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson were the barrister Sir Henry Merrivale, who debuted in The Plague Court Murders 1934.


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