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* CourtroomEpisode: ''The Judas Window'' takes place at the trial of James Answell for murder, with Sir Henry appearing as his defence counsel.

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* EvilGloating: The murderer in ''The Reader is Warned'' is kind enough to tell their latest intended victim (and hence the police, who are eavesdropping, and the reader), in detail, how they committed the crime.

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* {{Claustrophobia}}: Pennik in ''The Reader is Warned'' is claustrophobic, so the prospect of being arrested (and therefore locked in a cell) terrifies him.


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* PsychicPowers: In ''The Reader is Warned'' Pennik boasts that he has telepathic powers, including mind-reading and the ability to kill with "teleforce". Nobody believes him... until people who accuse him of being a fraud start turning up dead.


* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Sir Henry Merrivale.

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* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Sir Henry Merrivale.Merrivale is a ZigZagged version. He technically has all the qualities associated with this trope, while also reversing or defying them:
** He's the holder of a three-hundred-year-old baronetcy... and his politics are socialist.
** He's a highly educated man, qualified as both a doctor and a lawyer, and peppers his speech with cultural allusions... and he also uses terrible grammar on purpose.
** He moves in high-class circles, knows tons of important people... and has so few social skills that it borders on AmbiguousDisorder.

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* SpearCounterpart: Sir Henry strongly resembles a genderflipped version of "Duchess" Agatha Alison in the Bencolin book ''Castle Skull''.


* BelligerentSexualTension: The character arc between Monica Stanton and William Cartwright in ''And So To Murder''. Tilly Parsons, the experienced script doctor, can see exactly what's going on.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: The character arc between Monica Stanton and William Cartwright in ''And So To Murder''. Tilly Parsons, the experienced script doctor, [[ShipperOnDeck can see exactly what's going on.on]].
* BourgeoisBohemian: Sir Henry, as well as being a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, is also a Socialist.


* ImportantHaircut: In ''And So To Murder'', Tilly persuades Bill that if he's to stand a chance with Monica, he's got to shave - she dislikes beards.

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* ImportantHaircut: In ''And So To Murder'', Tilly persuades Bill that if he's to stand a chance with Monica, he's got to shave - she dislikes can't stand beards.

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* ImportantHaircut: In ''And So To Murder'', Tilly persuades Bill that if he's to stand a chance with Monica, he's got to shave - she dislikes beards.


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* SlapSlapKiss: Monica and Bill's FirstKiss in ''And So To Murder'' follows this pattern to the letter - two slaps from Monica, and then a series of passionate kisses.

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* TheSpymaster: Sir Henry's day job is a senior post in Intelligence.


* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Defied in ''The Plague Court Murders'' -- Sir Henry warns Inspector Masters not to taste the white powder he's just found. [[spoiler:Not because it's poisonous. It's salt residue from the AbnormalAmmo.]]

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* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Defied in ''The Plague Court Murders'' -- Sir Henry warns Inspector Masters not to taste the white powder he's just found. [[spoiler:Not because it's poisonous. It's salt residue from the AbnormalAmmo.AbnormalAmmo, and Sir Henry wants to keep that particular clue to himself.]]

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* TheNicknamer: Sir Henry is inclined to refer to people by nicknames he's given them (such as 'Horseface' or 'Lollypop') and expect everyone present to know who he's talking about.

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* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Defied in ''The Plague Court Murders'' -- Sir Henry warns Inspector Masters not to taste the white powder he's just found. [[spoiler:Not because it's poisonous. It's salt residue from the AbnormalAmmo.]]

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* ShoutOut: In one story Sir Henry is compared to [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Mycroft Holmes]]. Like Mycroft, he's a member of the Diogenes Club.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: The character arc between Monica Stanton and William Cartwright in ''And So To Murder''. Tilly Parsons, the experienced script doctor, can see exactly what's going on.

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Sir Henry Merrivale is an AmateurSleuth who features in numerous novels and short stories by Carter Dickson (pen name of Creator/JohnDicksonCarr).
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* AbnormalAmmo: ''The Plague Court Murders'' involved a murder where the victim was [[spoiler:shot by a bullet carved from rock salt that dissolved in his body, leaving no trace]].
* AmateurSleuth: Sir Henry Merrivale.
* BatterUp: The killer in [[spoiler:''The Skeleton in the Clock'']] used a cricket bat.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: This is the cause of death/murder method in [[spoiler:''The Reader is Warned'']].
* FairPlayWhodunnit: Carr's stories always showed you all the clues. The only problem was usually that the murder was ''impossible'' to begin with, so you couldn't figure out ''how'', much less who.
* HomePornMovie: ''The Judas Window'' had a plot point in which a female character was blackmailed using sexual photos of her taken with her consent by an ex-boyfriend.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Used in ''The Ten Teacups'', [[spoiler:in which the victim is wrongly assumed to have been shot at close range because he had a powder burn from when the killer "accidentally" shot him with a blank cartridge the previous day]].
* LockedRoomMystery: Carr, the acknowledged master of this back in the golden age of crime fiction, provided all sorts of different ways to accomplish this. If the detective is Henry Merrivale, there is an excellent chance you've got a locked room or impossible crime on your hands.
* MysteryWriterDetective: William Cartwright in ''And So To Murder'' is a detective novelist who performs the bulk of the investigation, though Sir Henry Merrivale is the one who finally resolves the case.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: ''The Punch and Judy Murders'' has a [[spoiler:counterfeiter who hid the real money with the fake money]].
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Sir Henry Merrivale.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In-Universe example in ''And So To Murder'' -- in a RunningGag, Mr Aaronson's film about the Duke of Wellington continually drifts further and further away from actual history.
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