Given that so much time spent discussing mystery fiction is devoted to edging carefully around the precise plot points on which such enterprises are founded, I thought I’d give you fair warning that Puzzle Doctor and I are going to be abandoning this approach next month in looking at the 1937 impossible crime novel The Ten Teacups/The Peacock Feather Murders by John Dickson Carr, published under his Carter Dickson secret identity.
As it currently stands, the Doc and I are on different sides of the fence where this book is concerned — but, hey, part of the fun is that this may change — so we’re going to read it, pass some ideas back and forth in looking at it, and then publish the results — including, I have no doubt, all manner of very specific spoilers and details and twists and everything — here some time in January.
It would be lovely to have as many of you involved in the ensuing discussion as possible, so if you haven’t read it and wish to, or if you think you’d like to have another look at it, here’s your chance. I have no idea when in January it’ll go up, but you have at least a month, I’d say, and we’ll do our best to let you know when we have a timeline in mind.
I look forward to picking this apart with you all!