Blind Man’s Hood was the second story I ever read by John Dickson Carr. Beyond an enjoyable story, what struck me was the eerie quality introduced by the supernatural element. The notion of supernatural should normally be a deterrent for a fan of locked room mysteries and impossible crimes. How can you truly have fair play if anything is possible? Carr pulled it off perfectly – providing a faithful impossible crime with a clever solution, and then introducing just enough of a supernatural element to make you rethink what you just read.
I approached The Burning Court with curiosity. Not only does it seem to make most Top 10 Carr lists, but reviews suggested that a supernatural element was at play. But good reviews were hard to come by – I prefer blogs that tease me enough into making me want to read a book (or avoid it), rather than put me at risk of stumbling upon some detail that ruins the puzzle. My favorite sources provided nothing on this non-series novel.