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Hag's Nook

Crime & Mystery, New Releases
Publication Date
11 July 2019
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd

Hag's Nook

A Gideon Fell Mystery
by John Dickson Carr - Find out more about the author


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‘The Starberths die of broken necks’ goes the legend in the village of Chatterham...'

The Starberth family governed the now-abandoned Chatterham prison for many years, and each male heir must spend the night of his twenty-fifth birthday there, alone, overlooking the hanging site of Hag’s Nook.

Meanwhile, after a chance encounter on a railway platform, Dorothy Starberth and young American graduate Tad Rampole fall in love. Rampole is here in rural Lincolnshire to see Gideon Fell. The following day, Dorothy’s brother is found dead of a broken neck, just as his father and grandfather before him.

Ingeniously plotted and packed with atmosphere, Hag’s Nook will not disappoint mystery lovers.

John Dickson Carr was born in 1906 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the son of a lawyer. While at school and college, he wrote ghost, detective and adventure stories. After studying law, he headed to Paris in 1928. Once there, he lost any desire to study law and soon turned to writing crime fiction full-time. His first novel, It Walks by Night, was published in 1930. Two years later, he moved to England with his English wife; thereafter he became a prolific author and became a master of the locked-room mystery. He also wrote a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, radio plays, dozens of short stories, and magazine reviews. He died in 1977 in South Carolina.

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