Readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of the late John Dickson Carr. Under that name, as well as under the pen name "Carter Dickson," Carr wrote first rate mysteries, most of them so-called "impossible crimes," stories about crimes that could not possibly have happened - but did, such as crimes committed in rooms locked and bolted on the inside.
From time to time, I'm asked which of Carr's books are his best. Blogger Sergio Angelini, who blogs at the excellent Tipping My Fedora blog, has just completed a survey to find out which Carr novels his readers - myself included - think were among his ten best. He came up with a few surprises in his list, but overall, I'd have to say that you can't go wrong with ANY of the books on that list. If you want to see why so many of us acknowledge Carr as the undisputed master of the impossible crime mystery, pick one of these - and start reading!