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The first in Carr s series featuring Dr Gideon Fell, Hag s Nook centers on the Starberth family, who have owned and operated a prison for centuries The property is entailed, meaning that the oldest son will officially inherit, but first he must go through a rather bizarre ritual It is at the time of such a ritual when the story begins The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the The first in Carr s series featuring Dr Gideon Fell, Hag s Nook centers on the Starberth family, who have owned and operated a prison for centuries The property is entailed, meaning that the oldest son will officially inherit, but first he must go through a rather bizarre ritual It is at the time of such a ritual when the story begins The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the Hag s Nook, the site of the old gallows where they used to hang witches with their necks broken Try as they might, Fell, young Dorothy Starberth and an American visitor of Fell s cannot prevent the latest in a series of tragedies The solving of the case is ingenious I must admit to being surprised at the end In fact, that s the best part of this book the unraveling of an ingenious criminal Considering that this was written in 1933, there is still enough between the covers to keep mystery lovers reading great atmosphere, a tinge of the supernatural, a good mystery complete with red herrings, and above all, a good detective with uncanny reasoning and observational powers If you re into Golden Age mysteries, or if you want to try your hand at Carr s work, this would be a fine place to start It may be a bit off putting to some readers because of the language usage in places, but otherwise, it will definitely keep you interested and absorbed Well, this had me up until 3 am one night and 6 am another Actually, I couldn t put it down because I was too spooked by it.The Starberths became governors what we would call wardens of a prison because they owned the land the prison was built on They weren t nice wardens either Took joy in the hangings, they did Then they all seemed to die of broken necks, just like their charges.This is the first Dr Fell book We also meet, briefly, Mrs Fell In addition, we meet young Rampole, a young Well, this had me up until 3 am one night and 6 am another Actually, I couldn t put it down because I was too spooked by it.The Starberths became governors what we would call wardens of a prison because they owned the land the prison was built on They weren t nice wardens either Took joy in the hangings, they did Then they all seemed to die of broken necks, just like their charges.This is the first Dr Fell book We also meet, briefly, Mrs Fell In addition, we meet young Rampole, a young American, who will be either studying or working for with Dr Fell He does figure prominently in the other Dr Fell books that I have read The great man needs a foil I m not sure if the policeman, Sir Basil, transfers to the other books or if he stays in Chatterham Prior to coming to Chatterham, Rampole falls for a comely young miss only to find out later that she is also coming to Chatterham, but Dorothy will be accompanying her brother, Martin He is due to take part in the ritual for the male heir on turning 25 He is afraid and, thus, is perhaps overimbibing We don t learn too much about cousin Herbert except that he is a bit of a dullard.The ritual requires that the male heir enter the now deserted prison except for rats and spend an hour in the Governor s Room, opening a safe and reading some documents Sounds simple enough Realizing how scared Martin is, Dr Fell and the rector agree to keep watch from Yew Cottage Martin will have a lamp with him and they ll be able to see that nothing happens Or will they John Dickson Carr is the master of the locked room mystery He may even have created it I don t know But he is very good at them The Detection Club British mystery writers named him a Master, not something any other Americans had achieved This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual handed down for generations I loved the writing style, which was frequently humorous but also, at times, downright chilling One scene left me tempted to leave the lights on, LOL The descriptions of people and places were also really well done I loved the writing style The emphasis ison the mystery than on the characters, which is OK, as the mystery is quite a strange and puzzling one However, all the clues are t This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual handed down for generations I loved the writing style, which was frequently humorous but also, at times, downright chilling One scene left me tempted to leave the lights on, LOL The descriptions of people and places were also really well done I loved the writing style The emphasis ison the mystery than on the characters, which is OK, as the mystery is quite a strange and puzzling one However, all the clues are there for readers to follow and although I didn t figure everything out, I enjoyed trying to do so Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsUltimately a disappointing read When I first started it, it seemed as though it was going to be similar in style to the Charlie Chan mystery series by author Earl Derr Biggers who became one of my favorite new authors in 2011 Initially, Dr Gideon Fell shared character traits with Inspector Chan rotundity, humor and keen insight into the mystery at hand The book also followed a similar path to the Chan series a young male sidekick helps the canny detective Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsUltimately a disappointing read When I first started it, it seemed as though it was going to be similar in style to the Charlie Chan mystery series by author Earl Derr Biggers who became one of my favorite new authors in 2011 Initially, Dr Gideon Fell shared character traits with Inspector Chan rotundity, humor and keen insight into the mystery at hand The book also followed a similar path to the Chan series a young male sidekick helps the canny detective solve what appears to be an unsolvable murder and ultimately wins a girl in the process Add to this combination a mystery redolent to Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes The Musgrave Ritual, with it s cryptic family doggerel, hidden treasure, and sinister murderer in plain sight, and you re set for a highly atmospheric and entertaining whodunnit from the Golden Age.Only it wasn t.Oh, the story had it s moments, and Carr does have a knack for delivering some shivery, creepy visuals But in the end, the mind bending logistics of how the murder was committed, and the flat, abrupt and unsatisfying ending overshadowed any previous enjoyment I had reading the story.I will still try another Carr mystery, because I enjoy Golden Age mysteries and Carr s writing is good This one could be a one off for my personal taste Ah, those were the days, a golden age when the inadequacies of the British police were so universally acknowledged that a violent crime involving anyone of social standing had to be investigated by the Chief Constable personally Ably assisted of course by an eccentric retired academic, the local Rector, and a visiting young American romantically smitten with the murder victim s sister.The plot of Hag s Nook is convoluted, preposterous, contrived and hugely enjoyable Carr is writing to a strict Ah, those were the days, a golden age when the inadequacies of the British police were so universally acknowledged that a violent crime involving anyone of social standing had to be investigated by the Chief Constable personally Ably assisted of course by an eccentric retired academic, the local Rector, and a visiting young American romantically smitten with the murder victim s sister.The plot of Hag s Nook is convoluted, preposterous, contrived and hugely enjoyable Carr is writing to a strict formula where the puzzle is the thing a criminal Sudoku to be solved according to the rules of the whodunit clues, red herrings, mystifications, and the subordination of all reasonable behavior to the macabre dread of an improbable family curse In this first of the series Carr s hero, Dr Gideon Fell, takes an almost secondary role to the young American romantic lead of course the real mystery is why this well educated though naive chap falls so totally for a young lady descended from a family sinisterly bonkers for the last six generations She mutters anxiously about bad blood but he seems impervious to heredity and presses on to help capture the villain who s evenbonkers and so of course she accepts his suite A happy ending.Take this book as a classic of its type, and if you like this sort of dark and frothy ingenuity it s very, very entertaining Hag s Nook was written in 1933, and is set in the rural village of Chatterham, England They use oil lamps in Chatterham, which was ironic because I was using a little booklight to read due to a lengthy power outage Trust me, if you like to read on dark nights without power and scare yourself a bit, this book is not a bad choice John Dickson Carr is a very clever author in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen, but with generous dollops of gothic suspense The story centers around t Hag s Nook was written in 1933, and is set in the rural village of Chatterham, England They use oil lamps in Chatterham, which was ironic because I was using a little booklight to read due to a lengthy power outage Trust me, if you like to read on dark nights without power and scare yourself a bit, this book is not a bad choice John Dickson Carr is a very clever author in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen, but with generous dollops of gothic suspense The story centers around the abandoned Chatterham Prison, governed for generations by the Starberth family Family tradition demands that the eldest Starberth men spend an hour alone in the Governor s Room on their twenty fifth birthdaya room overlooking the Hag s Nook, near which many Starberths have met their deaths.Enter series character Gideon Fell, a lexicographer whose study windows look out at the prison Fell is an engaging character, middle aged, gruff and with a fondness for a good drink We meet his wife, visit his cozy home and get an idea of life in Chatterham We also witness a seemingly unexplainable deaththat Dr Fell sets out to explain with the help of a visiting American and members of the village.This is a very entertaining novel, with appealing, layered characters, challenges for the reader including a cryptogram and an overarching sense of the macabre The true test of suspense is what you remember days and weeks later, and the scenes at the Hag s Nook and the journals of Anthony Starberth are still in my memory because of Carr s evocative writing.I look forward to adventuring with Dr Fell again soon Dr Gideon Fell is a lexicographer, steeped in the history and traditions of England and seemingly, just about everything else Fell enjoys sharing his knowledge with others but is also a good listener and observer of people, traits that enable him to increase his knowledge bank.In this, the first of the Dr Gideon Fell titles, Fell becomes embroiled in a locked room murder of a member of the Starberth family This only adds to Fell s suspicions about an earlier family death, one he has pos Dr Gideon Fell is a lexicographer, steeped in the history and traditions of England and seemingly, just about everything else Fell enjoys sharing his knowledge with others but is also a good listener and observer of people, traits that enable him to increase his knowledge bank.In this, the first of the Dr Gideon Fell titles, Fell becomes embroiled in a locked room murder of a member of the Starberth family This only adds to Fell s suspicions about an earlier family death, one he has posited was murder rather than accidental.Fell is aided in his quest by a young American lad who has come to visit Chatterham and the Fells.There is plenty of atmosphere here The reader gets to know the American lad quite well while Fell is described and drives much of the action of the story, he is less fully fleshed out *Download Book ☔ Hag's Nook ☛ In his detecting debut, larger than life lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell is entertaining young American college graduate Tad Rampole at Yew Cottage, Fell s charming home in the English countryside Within sight of his study window is the ruin of Chatterham Prison, perched high on a precipice known as Hag s Nook The prison s land belongs to the Starberth family whose eldest sons must each spend an hour in the prison s eerie Governor s Room to inherit the family fortuneRampole is especially interested in the family, having met the young and beautiful Dorothy Starberth on the train from London He readily agrees when Fell and the local reverend, Thomas Saunders, ask him to accompany them as they watch and wait for badly frightened Martin Starberth to complete his hour in the prison Martin has every reason to be afraid than one Starberth heir has met an untimely end Will his turn come tonight Hag s Nook Hag s Nook by John Carr 5.0 out of 5 stars come closer dear readera mystery awaits., September 7, 2013 This review is from Hag s Nook Hag s Nook the introduction to Dr Gideon Fell master of the locked room mysteries.John Dickson Carr AKA Carter is an author any reader or writer of mysteries should be respectfully aware of Carr s books on Dr Gideon Fell were written during the golden age of mysteries 1930 s 60 s and have stood the test of time.This masterfully written stor Hag s Nook Hag s Nook by John Carr 5.0 out of 5 stars come closer dear readera mystery awaits., September 7, 2013 This review is from Hag s Nook Hag s Nook the introduction to Dr Gideon Fell master of the locked room mysteries.John Dickson Carr AKA Carter is an author any reader or writer of mysteries should be respectfully aware of Carr s books on Dr Gideon Fell were written during the golden age of mysteries 1930 s 60 s and have stood the test of time.This masterfully written story centers on a legend or a curse against the Starberth family of Chatterham and their ghastly involvement in the hangings at that prison It all started back in 1797 when Anthony Starberth was Governor of Chatterham Prison followed by his descendent, Martin Starberth in 1821 They instituted these merciless hangings without remorse which according to legend brought a curse on the Starberth family However, the legend actually begins with the untimely death of Timothy Starberth in a most unsettling manner.This book is so exquisitely detailed that you can walk along the road from Dr Fell s home to the prison and almost envision the dampness on the way from the rain that fell the previous night I read a few chapters at a time and rested but not from revisiting the story in my mind and the eloquence of Carr s writing.Dr Gideon Fell seems a most unlikely of sleuths but then we come to understand his steadfastness in allowing nothing to go unnoticed.I highly recommend this marvelous story and this author If I could give itthan 5 stars it would be 10 Was pumped up to find that I finally was reading the first of the Gideon Fell mysteries This one was really fun, as it had an air of haunting all about it And that styling of a story steeped in ghost tale made the reading a bitcolorful and fun A young American on a trip to Europe comes to stay with Gideon Fell, and ends up getting pulled into a murder mystery right away It takes a while to peel back the layers of history and supernatural associations to realize what has led to the m Was pumped up to find that I finally was reading the first of the Gideon Fell mysteries This one was really fun, as it had an air of haunting all about it And that styling of a story steeped in ghost tale made the reading a bitcolorful and fun A young American on a trip to Europe comes to stay with Gideon Fell, and ends up getting pulled into a murder mystery right away It takes a while to peel back the layers of history and supernatural associations to realize what has led to the murder and who the murderer is, and this is done well.There is also a lot of action, mucking about a swampy well where convicts bodies were dropped into after they were hanged, walking about the prison and seeing huge rats and Iron Maiden s etcAnd of course, there is a young lady for the young American to fall in love with as well We get a glimpse of Fell s home life too which is nice A fun lively story, perfect length for quick summer reading