The Cavalier's Cup (Sir Henry Merrivale, #22) (Carter Dickson) pdf, epub, doc

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I discovered something while reading Carter Dickson's The Cavalier's Cup.I discovered what was missing from The Case of the Blind Barber (written under the author's real name John Dickson Carr)—Sir Henry Merrivale.Merrivale is a marvelous, larger-than-life, almost farcical character who would have been down-right perfect on as a passenger on board the Queen Victoria and taking part in the shenanigans that take place in Blind Barber.That would have worked so much better than having a member of the shipboard group come to Dr. Gideon Fell and tell the story later.

As a fellow GoodReads reviewer has pointed out, Merrivale is very like Mr. Toad of The Wind & the Willows—going full-tilt into various hobbies.In this outing, Merrivale has buried himself in the country and taken up singing.He's hired himself an Italian (a very stereo-typical Italian, mama mia!) singing instructor to help him prepare for his grand debut at the Tuesday Evening Ladies' Church Society.He doesn't want anything to come between him and his singing.So, when Inspector Masters comes calling with Lady Brace to try and get him to investigate the mysterious doings in the Oak Room at Lord & Lady Brace's estate...well, burn me, he just doesn't want to do it.But, Sir Henry doesn't seem to be able to resist a pretty lady....or an intriguing tale...and when he's told that the mystery isn't a case of who stole the Cavalier's Cup and why BUT who didn't steal it and why, the Old Man is hooked.

What has happened is this: Lord Brace's family has an heirloom Cavalier's Cup that relates to a family legend.The Cup isn't normally at home—it usually resides at the bank, but circumstances have brought it the estate for a short period of time.There are a spate of convenient burglaries in the neighborhood which make Lord Brace nervous about the Cup.So, he locks the Cup in a safe and locks himself in with the safe in a room that no one should be able to get into—double-bolted door (only door in) and windows with special locks that slide a metal bolt all the way through the frame.Nobody's going to get that Cup....and Lord Brace will stay awake all night to be sure.Except...he doesn't.He falls asleep and wakes up to find the safe wide open, the doors and windows sill locked, and.....the Cavalier's Cup sitting there coyly on the table in front of him.There's been no hocus-pocus with the Cup itself—the Cup is still the original, jewel-encrusted family heirloom.So, why all the tom-foolery of getting the Cup out of the safe? And how did whoever it was get in and out?Is it really the ghost of the old Cavalier himself playing tricks as has been suggested?

A second performance is scheduled once Masters and Merrivale get involved.This time, it's the good Inspector who sits up in the sealed room.With similar results—only this time the ghost adds a few finer touches, moving not only the Cup, but a 17th C lute that started on the harpsichord and was placed in front of the fireplace and bringing a cup-hilted rapier from the wall outside the room and placing it a Masters's feet.Oh...and bashing Masters over the head when he woke up a little too soon. It begins to look like the ghost means business...maybe even deadly business.And it's up to Merrivale to figure out what the goal of this ghostly prankster is before things get too deadly.

This was a fun romp....perhaps because I was sick when I read it and really in need of something light.I've seen a few other reviews that rate this rather low—saying it's Dickson/Carr at the low end of his writing powers.It's true that it's not quite the intricate story and complicated mystery that one gets used to in the earlier Carr—but it's lots of fun and the whole scene where there are four cars waiting out in the driveway and Lady Brace's father is running about the estate yelling "Tally-ho" had me laughing out loud.It reminded me of Wodehouse.I did spot the culprit—although I couldn't for the life of me figure out how the entrance/exit was accomplished.And I'm still trying to figure out if anything was really stolen.Three stars for a fun, solid read.

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