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Paul Halter: Crown Prince of Locked Rooms!


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When John Dickson Carr died in 1977 it left a major gap in the mystery genre. Carr had ruled as the undisputed King of Locked Room mysteries since the early 1930’s – and died without an apparent heir to the title. In the English speaking world this title has laid unclaimed, but not for those who read French, and now not for those who can read a series of quite excellent translations of Paul Halter’s best known novels and short stories!

Paul Halter burst into the French mystery genre in 1987, when he won the Prix de Cognac, a respected award for French detective fiction, with his first novel ‘La Quatrieme Porte’ (The Fourth Door). The next year, he gained the highest prize in the French mystery genre, with the Prix du Roman d’Aventures, for ‘Le Brouillard Rouge’ (The Red Fog). ‘The Fourth Door’ introduces us to his two primary detectives, Dr. Alan Twist, a pipe-smoking, whiskey drinking, thin, Englishman, who works with the energetic Chief Inspector Archibald Hurst of Scotland Yard. With nine of  Halter’s works now finally available in English, we can now add these fascinating titles to a part of the mystery genre that has been too long neglected.

Oddly, though Paul Halter was born in 1956, in Haguenau, a part of Alsace in north-eastern France, and writes exclusively in French, almost all of his mystery novels are set in England. This is partly because he felt it provided a more appropriate atmosphere, and also partly to emulate John Dickson Carr, an American who set most of his novels in England, and was Halter’s primary inspiration from a very young age. It is often hard to miss the many nods to Carr found in his works, from simple plot devices to very similar detectives. The main difference between Dr Twist, and Carr’s Dr Gideon Fell, is that Fell clearly outweighs Twist by a substantial margin. Nods to other great masters of this sub-genre also abound in many of his stories – demonstrating Halter’s fascination with the literature of his Golden Age predecessors. Despite being a star in French mystery literature, with a huge following in several countries, apparently including India, it has not proved to be a very rewarding career at a financial level, with Halter still earning his bread and butter as an electrical engineer for the French company, Telecom. Things may have worked out quite differently, if his novels had been translated into English at an earlier date, but at least our patience has now been rewarded by this excellent series of translations by John Pugmire, the force behind Locked Room International, and a highly respected authority on the locked-room sub-genre. I think it is now fairly safe to assume that Carr’s title has finally been passed on to another generation!

More on Paul Halter

Due to the number of titles written by Paul Halter, this page contains only the Dr. Twist series. For more Paul Halter titles go to:
Paul Halter: Other Works


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Dr. Twist and Chief Inspector Hurst Novels


Fourth DoorLa Quatrieme Porte (The Fourth Door) 1987
Dr. Twist (#1)

 

Locked Room Review
*****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook. 

Book  eBook  French

Note: A rival to Carr’s #1 ranking! Often subtitled: The Houdini Murders

Someone has volunteered to spend the night in the haunted room at the Darnley House. The room is sealed by pressing a unique coin on the wax door seal, but when the door is re-opened, someone else’s body is lying there, yet the seals were unbroken, and the coin has not left the possession of the witness. Things are never what they seem in this classic locked room mystery, with a new twist in every chapter. A second impossible murder occurs inside a house surrounded by virgin snow. The detective in charge believes he is dealing with the re-incarnation of Houdini, but in the end there is a rational explanation for everything, and it is left to Dr. Alan Twist to provide it – or does he? [Winner of The Prix du Roman Policier, at the Festival de Cognac, 1987. A French equivalent to the Edgar]

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death invites 2La Mort Vous Invite (Death Invites You) 1988
Dr. Twist (#2)

 

Best Review
*****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook. 

Book  eBook  French  Amazon.ca

Note: Locked Room novelist dies where?

Did Harold Vickers, the best-selling author of impossible crimes foresee his own death, or did he possibly even arrange it? When two guests knock on her door with dinner invitations, Mrs. Vickers is dumbfounded, for her husband has been locked in his study for several days. Yet there are sounds and cooking smells emanating from the room, and when the door is broken down, a dead body resembling her husband is slumped over the fully-laden dinner table with its hands and face in a pan in which the oil is still boiling. The room is sealed and nobody could have got out of the room without being seen, yet the food is still cooking. A mysterious half-filled bowl of water sits beneath the shuttered windows. What connection is there with the death of his own father, who also died slumped over the table and promised to return from the grave to revenge his own death? Or the Lonely Hearts killer who recently terrorized London before committing suicide. This is LRI’s eleventh Paul Halter translation. 

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La MortLa Mort Derriere le Rideau (Death Behind the Curtain) 1989
Dr. Twist  (#3)

 

No English Review – Not Rated

Available only in French edition 

Note: Sometimes you are not being paranoid!

Miss Violet Garfield is certain that someone wants to take her life. At Scotland Yard, Archibald Hurst politely rejects her plea, thinking it is pure delirium. Unfortunately, the murderer is not slow to act. Hurst and his inseparable sidekick, Dr. Alan Twist, begin the investigation at the boarding house at 48 Hoxston Street – but that was not the end of the matter!


Chambre-FouLa Chambre du Fou (The Madman’s Room) 1990
Dr. Twist (#4)

 

No English Review – Not Rated

Available only in French edition 

Note: Defenestration strikes Hatton Manor! 

Harvey Thorne died at Hatton Manor at the end of the century, in horrible convulsions, crying “Fishing! Perish by fire!” His room became known as ‘The Madman’s Room’, and Harris was wrong when he decided to enter this chamber. Now the condemned room is newly opened for business and a source of woe. All those who cross the threshold have heart attacks, become ill with intense fear, or commit suicide by throwing themselves out of the windows.  There is never anything unusual discovered after such events, except perhaps an unexplainable wet spot on the carpet.

Alternate Italian title: La Camera del Pazzo


Seventh HypothesisLa Septieme Hypothese (The Seventh Hypothesis) 1991 
Dr. Twist  (#5)

 

Locked Room Review
*****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook.

Book  eBook  French

Note: A dark past haunts the streets of London

Characters dressed in the garb of 17th century plague doctors roaming alleyways haunted by Jack the Ripper…A plague victim vanishing off a stretcher under the noses of witnesses a few feet away…The corpse of the same victim reappearing under the nose of a police officer half a mile away. How are such things possible in the London of 1938? Are the events connected to a conversation overheard between a celebrated writer of mystery plays and his principal actor, where each accepts a challenge to commit a murder and pin it on the other? What is the connection to a replica of Maelzel’s chess-playing robot? The famous criminologist Dr. Twist and Inspector Hurst of Scotland Yard face one of the most diabolically clever criminals in their long collaboration.

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Tiger's HeadLa Tete du Tigre (The Tiger’s Head) 1991 
Dr. Twist (#6)

 

Best Review
****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook. 

Book  eBook  French

Note: Suitcase Killers & Evil Genies

The murderer known as the “Suitcase Killer,” who has been causing panic by leaving dismembered bodies in London’s railway stations, vanishes into thin air when cornered cutting up his latest victim. The detective team of Dr. Twist and Inspector Hurst receive a tip that he resides in Leadenham, a sleepy village twenty miles from the capital. Another resident, a retired major of the Indian Army, claims he can summon an evil genie by rubbing an artifact known as “The Head of the Tiger.” He and a doubter stay in a room where not only is every door and window locked from the inside, but each is guarded by a witness. Nevertheless, the major is found dead, and the doubter unconscious from wounds which could not have been self-inflicted, and there is nobody else in the room. Could the serial killer be an evil genie? Or is it possible that two murderers, each with the apparent ability to vanish at will, inhabit the same small village?

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Demon DartmoorLe Diable de Dartmoor (The Demon of Dartmoor) 1993 
Dr. Twist (#7)

 

Best Review
****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook. 

Book  eBook  French

Note: Invisible hands giving a deadly push?

A famous actor is sent to his death from a high window; eye witnesses say he was pushed by an invisible hand, thus mimicking another murder committed in the same house more than fifty years earlier. Three local girls have also died in similar inexplicable fashion, propelled from the top of Wish Tor, a rocky outcrop. Is there an invisible creature roaming the sinister and forbidding landscape of Dartmoor? Or is there a human agency behind the murders and, if so, how is it done? The renowned criminologist Dr. Twist and the irascible Inspector Hurst of Scotland Yard are sent to investigate.

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139 PasA 139 Pas de la Mort (139 Steps from Death) 1994 
Dr. Twist (#8)

 

Best Review
****

Available only in French edition

Note: Adventure is just around the corner!

Nevil Richardson is a brilliant young lawyer who has just graduated. Where will his sense of adventure lead him – to the Middle East, or The Indies, or up the Amazon, or among the Zulus? Oddly, he finally has a surprising encounter on a mild evening in April, at the end of the 40s, on a bench in Red Lion Square. And from there, with a little persistence and imagination, and an appeal to Inspector Hurst and his friend Dr. Twist, Nevil’s adventures will bot be stopped by remote villages, nor opinionated corpses, nor unusual wills, nor strange collections – this young lawyer has discovered the adventure of a lifetime – without leaving England!

“Certainly, Paul Halter belies those who said the detective novel had definitely exhausted “locked room problems.” Disciple and admirer of J. Dickson Carr, this Alsatian has revived the atmospheres that were the flavor of Carr’s works. As for the quality of the intrigues and the subtlety of the problem, one may wonder if the student is not overtaking the master. They began to suspect him with “The Dartmoor Devil” and “The Lord of Misrule”, but it becomes even more evident with this later title. If you read a crime novel this year, you should read. “139 Steps from Death.” Famille Chrétienne, February 1995


Picture PastL’Image Trouble (The Picture from the Past) 1995
Dr. Twist (#9)

 

Best Review
****

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation. Paperback & ebook. 

Book  eBook  French

Note: A haunting photo opens locked memories

What is there about the photograph of a street from a bygone era that obsesses John Braid? Why does he conceal his true profession from his newly-wed wife? And what, if any connection is there with the “acid bath murderer” who has already taken six lives? And why does a tale from the past show such eerie similarities to what is happening in the present?

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BarberousseLa Malediction de Barberousse (Redbeard’s Curse) 1995 
Dr. Twist (#10)

 

Best Review
****

Available only in French edition

Note: Never mock The Emperor

Those who mock the Emperor Barbarossa or insult his favourite city are destined to meet with an unpleasant death! That’s the story Étienne Martin was told as a child, and it became part of the brutal murder of a girl named Eva Muller, inside an isolated shack. An artist and his model stood near the only exit during the time of the murder, and both swear that no one passed. Now the ghost of Barbarossa strikes again and Étienne must reopen the past as Dr. Twist tries to sort out this impossible mystery.


doigts-tordus L’Arbre aux Doigts Tordus (The Tree with the Twisted Fingers) 1996
Dr. Twist (#11)

No English review – Not Rated.

Available only in French edition 

Note: Literally – a tree with twisted fingers!

Sheridan Lightwood is a truly charming gentleman, but it is has been known for centuries that a local vampire is slaughtering children. It was also a rather odd idea to bury the body of the sorcerer on this property, close by a gigantic blackened aspen with gnarled and twisted branches desperately pointing skyward.


Cri-SireneLe Cri de la Sirene (The Siren’s Song) 1998
Dr. Twist (#12)

 

No English Review – Not Rated

Available only in French edition

Note: Ghost hunts and diabolcal chess!

Moretonbury is a quiet village in Cornwall … Peaceful? Dr. Alan Twist, who specializes in odd deductions, would usually support that assertion, but the local squire has requested his services for a ghost hunt – actually a search for ectoplasm. Twist quickly realizes that the village is haunted by a Banshee – a sea creature whose sinister shrieks announce approaching death – and that strange shadow plays are disturbing human relationships. Moretonbury soon becomes the scene of a series of violent deaths, as Twist enters into a game of diabolical chess, where it is quite impossible to know who handles the black pieces and who manipulates the white.


Meurtre-Manoir-AnglaisMeurtre dans un Manoir Anglais (Murder in an English Manor) 1999
Dr. Twist  (#13)

No English Review – Not Rated!

Available only in French edition

Note: First appeared as a promotion with the French version of the game “Cluedo” (Clue)

What mysterious plans did Dr. Lenoir have in mind, when he invited people as different as Miss Rose, Pervenche, Leblanc, Dr. Olive, Professor Violet and Colonel Mustard, to come together under one roof? Especially since he is conspicuous by his absence, which starts a great game of strange clues, designed to discover which of the guests is the real killer… Paul Halter writes a new riddle based on the famous detective game ‘Clue’.


homme-nuagesL’Homme Qui Aimait les Nuages (The Man who Loved Clouds) 1999 
Dr. Twist (#14)

No English Review – Not Rated

Available only in French edition

Note: A different kind of sport?

Mark Reeder is a man passionate about sports, especially cars and horses, who floats about like the clouds. He travels with the wind, visiting various beautiful places and attractions of the English countryside. This morning, his wandering leads him to Pickering, a quiet little village … or so it appears. But a local story suggests that the inhabitants of the manor disappear on stormy days and that young Stella, who grew up there, has the power to become invisible and predict the future … Fascinated by the mysteries and intrigued by his encounter with the young woman, Mark Reeder decides to visit the famous mansion, leaving Dr. Twist and Inspector Hurst to unravel a case of supernatural intrigue.


L’Allumette SanglanteL’Allumette Sanglante (The Bloody Match) 2001
Dr. Twist (#15)

 

Best Review
****

Available only in French edition 

Note: A man enters a blind alley – then disappears!

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‘The Bloody Match’, the novel opens with a prologue on a foggy London night in March 1932. A bobby on the beat stops a man carrying a suitcase and gets stabbed for his trouble – when his colleagues make it to the scene, the policeman tells them that the assailant ran into a blind alley and hasn’t left – but when they search they find no evidence of the man nor any visible means of escape either. What they do retrieve is the suitcase – with a chopped up body neatly packed inside!


Toile PenelopeLe Toile de Penelope (Penelope’s Web) 2001 
Dr. Twist (#16)

 

Best Review
****

Available only in French edition

Note: A room locked in a delicate web!

As happy as Ulysses returned from his voyages! This could be the motto of Professor Foster, back from the Amazon jungle after a journey of three years. Unfortunately, his wife, believing him dead, is about to re-marry, and he is being accused of fraud. In addition, his souvenirs of the Brazilian jungle are spreading terror, although one of them, a tarantula named Penelope, has a very peaceful nature and tirelessly weaves her webs. When one of the residents of the household suddenly passes away, Inspector Hurst doubts that it is an accident. But if it is murder, how did the killer leave the room, without disturbing Penelope’s web? Paul Halter pushes the limits of possible crime, but no challenge scares the famous Twist and Hurst duo!


Larmes SibylLes Larmes de Sibyl (Sibyl’s Tears)
Dr. Twist (#17)

 

No English review – not rated.

Available only in French edition

Note: Comments by John Pugmire on mysteryfile.com/Halter/Locked_Rooms.html

Les Larmes de Sibyl (Sibyl’s Tears), doesn’t contain any ‘locked-room’ puzzles per se, but the events therein do nevertheless appear to be almost impossible, and to solve the mystery requires all the skills Dr. Twist – accompanied by the irascible Hurst – can bring to bear. A gifted psychic suddenly appears in a Cornish village in search of Sibyl’s Tears, the name given by the locals to a hidden spring in the forest caused, legend has it, by tears from the legendary soothsaying sprite Sibyl. When challenged to use his powers to solve a crime committed several years beforehand, he describes clues which he himself doesn’t understand, but which nonetheless lead to discovery of the body. After that amazing success, he is asked to help with two other unsolved mysteries, with the same results. Before he has the chance to apply his psychic prowess to a fourth, he is murdered.

The pacing and character development are deftly handled and the reader is constantly wrong-footed by Halter, who juggles the several suspects in a masterly fashion before producing a stunning denouement. With this book, he demonstrates he can not only write excellent stories in the Carr tradition, but is capable of work reminiscent of some of the best of Christie.


Meurtres salamandreLes Meurtres de la Salamandre (The Salamander Murders) 2009 
Dr. Twist (#18)

No English Review – Not Rated!

Available only in French edition

Note: The Salamander loves a good bonfire!

England in 1927. Oliver Caine slips out of his small village near London after a fight that pitted him against Patrick Neeson, his rival for the hand of Mary Carroll. During the fight, Oliver was accidentally covered in gasoline and set on fire, and as he burned he screamed: “I will return for my revenge on all of you! I am like a salamander, even the fire can not touch me! “

A few months later, a thief who calls himself the Salamander appears in France. He has no fear of fire. He sets his victim’s homes on fire, then steals their property as they flee the flames. In England, Patrick Neeson and Mary Caroll are now married and settled in the manor of Marney Hall, when Mary begins to receive threatening letters signed by Oliver. Meanwhile, the Salamander warns Scotland Yard that he has arrived in England. Inspector Hurst and the famous Dr. Twist, rush to the Neeson home on Christmas Eve, where the couple are receiving family and friends for the holidays. A prowler has already been spotted in the neighbourhood, and every member of the house party seems to have something to hide. Hurst and Twist need to combine their talents to unravel the terrible plot that is brewing.


La Corde D'ArgentLa Corde D’Argent (The Silver Cord) 2010 
Dr. Twist (#19)

 

No English Review – Not Rated!

Available only in French edition

Note: The magic of India plagues the English countryside

England in the 1950’s! Alice and her brother, David Davenport, live in the small village of Ravenstone, where they regularly consult Roger Firode, a hypnotist with amazing powers. At the same time in Normandy, their uncle, Colonel Arthur Davenport, is found murdered in his home. Very soon, the prime suspect is none other than his nephew David. The appearance of the magician “The Great Santini,” who has a troubling resemblance to David, leads to several new twists. And what role does the mysterious “silver cord”, a favourite accessory of the magician, play in forging the ties between these two men? Inspector Hurst and his faithful friend, Dr. Twist, investigate the secrets of this family, who once lived in India, in an attempt to penetrate this dark mystery and avoid the pitfalls of oriental magic.


Voyaguer PasseLe Voyaguer Du Passe (The Traveller Passes) 2012 
Dr. Twist (#20)

 

Best Review
****

Available only in French edition

Note: A death delayed by 50 years!

Spectators are emerging from the Adelphi Theatre in London on the evening of November 15, 1955, when they notice a strange young man, dressed in an old fashioned top hat, a coat with astrakhan collar, and buckle ankle boots – who seems totally disoriented. Unaware of the danger, he unexpectedly crosses the road and is hit by a car, which is unable to avoid him. The police find papers, money, and a letter in his name which dates from the turn of the century! Chief Inspector Hurst discovers that Victor Stephenson, originally from Milford, really did exist and has been missing for more than fifty years … but he has not aged a bit! Visiting Milford, to try to shed a little light on this strange case, Hurst and Twist delve into the Stephenson family’s dark secrets as the plot continues to thicken.


Tombe indienneLa Tombe indienne (The Indian Tomb) 2013 
Dr. Twist (#21)

 

No English Review – Not Rated!

Available only in French edition

Note: A past disappearance becomes an impending murder

Nothing is more boring than consulting a psychic, right? Until the psychic comes into contact with the spirit of an eleven year old child about to be murdered, by being walled up with his younger brother in an unknown basement. Yet this is what happens in the back of the “Red Dragon,” a Chinese bar in Soho. William Rigg came to see Miss Ylang Li, renowned clairvoyant who searches for missing people or objects, and he knows the child in question. The victim is Lisette, his cousin, who has been missing for ages! Only Dr. Twist can get to the bottom of this diabolical intrigue!


Dr. Twist Short Stories 
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Night WolfFrom: La Nuit du Loup (The Night of the Wolf) 2000

 

 

Available in John Pugmire’s English translation, in ebook and paperback. 

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Note: There are only five Dr. Twist short stories, contained in two collections. One has been translated into English, the other is available only in French. For all stories in these collections, go to Paul Halter: Other Works

Quotes from: at-scene-of-crime.blogspot.ca –   See full review

This collection includes:

‘Les Morts dansent la nuit’ translated as ‘The Dead Dance at Night’

“It’s all about an old family curse – after a seemingly random and inexplicable murder, laughter is heard coming from the sealed crypt where the victim has been buried. When the crypt is opened, some coffins are discovered scattered about the room, some coffins are empty, and others contain two corpses in all-too-suggestive positions!” Dr Twist arrives to solve the case.

‘L’Appel de la Lorelei’ translated as ‘The Call of the Lorelei’

“In this story, a German man named Hans Georg gets married to a French girl, Clementine Vix. Hans mentions that he has heard the song of the Lorelei, which apparently lured boats to their doom on the Rhine river. It’s an apparently harmless tale, but the day after his wedding, police are baffled when Hans is found drowned in a pond with only his footprints in the snow leading to his corpse.” Dr. Twist solves this impossible mystery.

‘Meurtre à Cognac’ translated as ‘Murder in Cognac’

“A retired winemaker and part-time debunker of fraudulent occultists has gotten a death threat from one of the magicians he’s exposed. So he does what anyone else in a locked-room mystery would do: he goes to the top of a tower, locks two doors behind him, and comfortably awaits to be poisoned in impossible circumstances by reading a first edition of Harold Vickers’ ultra-rare novel, La Mort avait des ailes (Death Had Wings).” Dr. Twist solves the case.

*****

Balle NausicaaFrom: La Balle Nausicaa ( The Nausicaa Ball) 2011

Available only in French edition

 

Note: There are only five Dr. Twist short stories, contained in two collections. One has been translated into English, the other is available only in French. For all stories in these collections, go to Paul Halter: Other Works

Quotes from: at-scene-of-crime.blogspot.ca – See full review

‘La Tombe de David Jones’ title translated as ‘David Jones Grave’ (no English translation)

“A Polish edition of Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party – but the image works well for this story! When David Jones was accused of a murder, he protested his innocence right until he was hanged. But he was determined to leave this world with a bang, and right before sentence was carried out, he called upon God himself to leave a sign in this world to prove his innocence: he asks God to make sure no grass will ever grow on the spot he is buried in. And unlikely as it might sound, the wish seems granted, because in the middle of a lawn there is a big patch of nothing where grass ought to be. Dr. Alan Twist is unimpressed, but villagers tell him all about a man who was determined to break the curse and how it somehow kept on, although the soil was changed and gardening experts attended to the project… not to mention the particularly paranoid precautions: a giant wall that was constructed, guard dogs that were kept on patrol, and professional security guards that were hired!”

‘La Balle de Nausicaa’ title translated as ‘Nausicaa’s Ball’ (no English translation)

”Rachel Syms is a beautiful actress, and her latest role is the part of “Nausicaa” in a film inspired by the legend of Ulysses. Rachel is married to George Portman, but soon falls in love with Anthony Stamp, who is playing Ulysses. “How very convenient, then, when Portman is discovered dead as the result of an apparent accident!.. The cast list is small and this story is not really centered on an impossible crime. And yet the killer’s tricks to avert suspicion has a few nice touches to it..” 


Bibliographical Notes


The above bibliography is an attempt to resolve several outstanding issues with the content and order of this series:

1.) 1001 Chambers Closes correctly lists ‘La Malediction de Barberousse’ as the first instalment in the Dr. Twist series, as it was originally published in 1995. It was later re-released and now appears as #9 0r #10 on most lists. I have stayed with this arrangement.

2.) Goodreads lists Twist #4 as La camera del pazzo. This is an Italian title used  only by ‘Mondadori Classic Yellows’ #990 (1990) instead of the original French title, ‘La Chambre du Fou’.  

3.) Goodreads (supported by Chambers Close) correctly list the ‘The Tiger’s Head as Twist #5 and ‘The Seventh Hypothesis as #6. Both were published in 1999, and this is the correct order of publication. However the Locked Room International translations by John Pugmire, as sold on Amazon, list ‘The Seventh Hypothesis as #5 and  ‘The Tiger’s Head as Twist #6. GoodReads is technically correct, but I have retained Pugmire’s order as it is now the most common reference.

4) A similar problem occurs, with Pugmire listing the ‘The Picture from the Past’ as #9, ahead of the common reference for  ‘La Malediction de Barberousse’, while Goodreads inverts this order. As both were written in 1995, they really should be the first two entries, but I have again retained Pugmire’s order as it is now the most common reference.

5) All lists almost agree that #11 is ‘L’Arbre aux Doigts Tordus’, only Goodreads mistakenly uses the Italian title ‘L’albero del delitto’ from the ‘Mondadori Classic Yellows’ #1008 (1996) instead of the original title, ‘L’Arbre aux Doigts Tordus’, though it is correctly listed as #11.

6) From #12 ‘Le Cri de La Sirene’ to #21 ‘La Tombe indienne’ all lists agree.


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