Colonel March

Colonel March is a fictional detective created by John Dickson Carr. He appeared in a number of short stories written in the 1930s and 1940s of "impossible crime" mysteries.[1] He was an official attached to Scotland Yard in the so-called Department of Queer Complaints.

Carr based March on Major John Street, MC, OBE[2] with whom he had co-written the novel Drop to His Death.[3]

Colonel March was portrayed by Boris Karloff in the 1950s British TV series, Colonel March of Scotland Yard.


  1. Joshi, S. T. (1990). John Dickson Carr: A Critical Study. Popular Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 9780879724771.
  2. Evans, Curtis (2012). Masters of the "Humdrum" Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-1961. McFarland & Company. p. 90. ISBN 978-0786470242.
  3. Penzler (editor), Otto (2014). "The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries". Black Lizard. p. 101. ISBN 978-0307743961. Missing or empty |url= (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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