Category Archives: Locked room mystery

Jacques Futrelle: The Problem of Cell 13

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Practically all those letters remaining in the alphabet after Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen was named were afterward acquired by that gentleman in the course of a brilliant scientific career, and, being honorably acquired, were tacked on to the … Continue reading

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Paul Halter: The Demon of Dartmoor

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‘Three victims of an invisible creature… mysterious cards found near the crime scenes… and a headless horseman riding up into the sky. if this goes on, I’ll go back to my childhood and start believing in the big, bad wolf.’

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John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins

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The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins John Dickson Carr First published in the UK in 1935 by Hamish Hamilton This edition Orion Books, 2013 9781409146322 213 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library John Dickson Carr is the acknowledged master of … Continue reading

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Bodies from the Library: Ripe for a Reprint

At the final session of yesterday’s Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library, the speakers were challenged to select one Golden Age title to pluck from obscurity. Some of the panelists sneakily mentioned a few different titles before … Continue reading

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Bodies from the Library, June 2015

Today I went down to London to attend Bodies from the Library at the British Library. It was a fascinating event, and at £30 cracking value (especially as we got fantastic goodie bags). Simon Brett opened the proceedings with a … Continue reading

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Ed. Michael Ashley: The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

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The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes Ed. Michael Ashley Published in 2000 by Robinson ISBN: 9781841191294 512 pages I have been reading this mammoth Mammoth book in between my other reading for a few weeks. The collection … Continue reading

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Ed. Martin Edwards: Capital Crimes

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Capital Crimes Ed. Martin Edwards First published in the UK 2014 by the British Library 320 pages ISBN 9780712357494 Source: Publisher review copy ‘London is an inexhaustible place.’ he mused. ‘Its variety is infinite.’ Short-story collections must be tough to put together. … Continue reading

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Gaston Leroux: Mystery of the Yellow Room

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Mystery of the Yellow Room Gaston Leroux First published in France, 1907 This edition: Project Gutenberg You are going to know all; and, without further preamble, I am going to place before your eyes the problem of The Yellow Room as … Continue reading

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Israel Zangwill: The Big Bow Mystery

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The Big Bow Mystery Israel Zangwill First published in the UK, 1892 by Henry Source: Project Gutenburg The Big Bow Mystery is generally regarded as the first fully-fledged example of that staple of the mystery genre, the locked-room story. There are numerous … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare: With A Bare Bodkin

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With a Bare Bodkin Cyril Hare First published in the UK, 1946, Faber and Faber This edition: Penguin Books, 1954 220 pages ‘This place would make quite a good setting for a homicide.’ When I last encountered Frances Pettigrew, in … Continue reading

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