The Bowstring Murders

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The Bowstring Murders
First edition (US)
Author John Dickson Carr writing as "Carr Dickson"
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Mystery fiction, Detective fiction
Publisher Morrow (US 1st edition, 1933)
Heinemann (UK, 1934)
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 280 (1st US)
ISBN 0-8217-2687-0 (Zebra paperback edition, 1989)
OCLC 19837937
Preceded by None, as Carr Dickson
Followed by None, as Carr Dickson

The Bowstring Murders is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr (1906–1977), who wrote it under the name of Carr Dickson. It is a whodunit and also his only novel with the alcoholic detective John Gaunt.

The Bowstring Murders is the only one of his many works to be published under the name Carr Dickson; subsequent reprints have been under his main pseudonym of "Carter Dickson".

Plot summary[edit]

Elderly eccentric Lord Rayle has a priceless collection of medieval arms and armour housed at Bowstring Castle. When he is found strangled by one of his own bowstrings, it is up to John Gaunt to solve the crime.