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Man Who Could Not Shudder Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (May 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821717030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821717035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 17, 2003
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"The Man Who Could Not Shudder" (1940) is a fun read and one of the author's less complicated mysteries--actually one of his few mysteries where the identity of the murderer is obvious before the grand denouement at the end of the story. This book is more of a howdunit than a whodunit. Carr's serial detective, the humungous Dr. Gideon Fell galumphs into view about half way through, after the obnoxious Mr. Logan is already violently deceased. Logan meets his end when a revolver jumps off of a wall display and plugs him. Naturally no one was anywhere near the revolver when it went off.
The plot is one of the more standard for gothics and Golden Age mysteries. A rich man renovates an old mansion, supposedly haunted, then invites his acquaintances over for a week-end of ghost hunting. One of the guests feels something grab her ankle as she walks in the door, and so we're off to a jolly start to the house party. Guests are awakened by a loud thump in the middle of the night and set off in the dark, dressed in jammies and bathrobes to investigate the mysterious noise. Their various nocturnal meetings and accusations complicate at least three love affairs.
One of the most puzzling historical events to occur in the old house was the demise of an old butler, who appeared to have been swinging on a monstrous iron chandelier before it pulled loose from the ceiling and crushed him. When the chandelier incident is repeated with one of the current house guests, Dr. Fell must act quickly to protect the innocent and punish the real murderer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Man Who Could Not Shudder" (1940) is a fun read and one of the author's less complicated mysteries--actually one of his few mysteries where the identity of the murderer is obvious before the grand denouement at the end of the story. This book is more of a howdunit than a whodunit. Carr's serial detective, the humungous Dr. Gideon Fell, galumphs into view about half way through, after the obnoxious Mr. Logan is already violently deceased. Logan meets his end when a revolver jumps off of a wall display and plugs him. Naturally no one was anywhere near the revolver when it went off.

The plot is one of the more standard for gothics and Golden Age mysteries. A rich man renovates an old mansion, supposedly haunted, then invites his acquaintances over for a week-end of ghost hunting. One of the guests feels something grab her ankle as she walks in the door, and so we're off to a jolly start to the house party. Guests are awakened by a loud thump in the middle of the night and set off in the dark, dressed in jammies and bathrobes to investigate the mysterious noise. Their various nocturnal meetings and accusations complicate at least three love affairs.

One of the most puzzling historical events to occur in the old house was the demise of an old butler, who appeared to have been swinging on a monstrous iron chandelier before it pulled loose from the ceiling and crushed him. When the chandelier incident is repeated with one of the current house guests, Dr. Fell must act quickly to protect the innocent and punish the real murderer.
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By M. T. Bowers on December 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have found Mr. Carr's writing to be hit-or-miss. Either I love his books, or I can't get through them. This is one that I loved. It's a classic closed-room mystery (he specialized in them), with a mechanically-driven solution that I actually understood.

The characters are invited to investigate an ancient, reputedly haunted house, by a man who turns out to be creepier than the house. Carr didn't manage to get in any fun/scary scenes with a ghost, and the characters don't really come to life, there is plenty of atmosphere and a very satisfying plot.
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By L. North on June 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an entertaining read. It has the usual gun that fired by itself murder which takes Dr. Fell the usual number of pages to solve. I happen to enjoy the author's style and it is a quick read.
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