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The Best John Dickson Carr Books

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List of the best John Dickson Carr books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that John Dickson Carr is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years, known for his detective novels. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of John Dickson Carr who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list is made up of many different books, including The Blind Barber and The Hollow Man. What are John Dickson Carr's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1
    21
    5

    He Who Whispers

    John Dickson Carr

    First Published1946

    SubjectsEngland

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    21
    6

    The Black Spectacles

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    23
    8

    The Burning Court

    John Dickson Carr

    First Published1937

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    17
    2

    The Reader is Warned

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    19
    4

    The Judas Window

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    17
    2

    The Plague Court Murders

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    16
    1

    The Waxworks Murder

    John Dickson Carr

    First Published1932

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    14
    0

    She Died a Lady

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    21
    9

    The Hollow Man

    John Dickson Carr

    First Published1935

    Genres (Book)Locked room mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    15
    2

    In Spite of Thunder

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsEngland

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    18
    7

    The Crooked Hinge

    John Dickson Carr

    First Published1938

    SubjectsPopular literature, England

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    15
    4

    The Devil in Velvet

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Historical fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    11
    0

    Death in Five Boxes

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    13
    2

    And So to Murder

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    17
    8

    The Mad Hatter Mystery

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature, England

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16
    11
    2

    The Four False Weapons

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Music, Mystery, Fiction, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17
    9
    0

    My Late Wives

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    10
    2

    Castle Skull

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    9
    1

    The Unicorn Murders

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    8
    0

    He Wouldn't Kill Patience

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    10
    2

    The Emperor's Snuff-Box

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    11
    4

    The Red Widow Murders

    John Dickson Carr

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    11
    5

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    8
    2

    The Eight of Swords

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsEngland

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25
    6
    0

    A Graveyard to Let

    John Dickson Carr

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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