The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes
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A new anthology of twenty-nine short stories features an array of baffling locked-room mysteries by Michael Collins, Bill Pronzini, Susanna Gregory, H. R. F. Keating, Peter Lovesey, Kate Ellis, and Lawrence Block, among others. Original.
much trouble to fool your audience.” Of course the problem, as Carr also observed, is that when the effect of a particular crime is magical we expect the cause to be magical also. And when the explanation for our baffling scenario turns out – as it must – to be more prosaic than the events leading up to it we may emerge from the experience feeling cheated. Even the most famous detective story ever written cannot escape this charge: did anyone ever learn that the Hound of the Baskervilles was
else’s illegal wranglings. “. . . I parried to the left, made a feint, dodged back to the right, but he was too smart for me . . .” “. . . I was impaled once, right here.” More linen was bunched up to expose violated flesh. “Tossed me right on to my shoulder, he did . . .” He! A wave of disgust washed over Claudia. They talk about boars, bears and wolves as though they were the hunter’s equals, yet how often do you see stags armed with a slingshot, or running with their own pack of dogs? She
unlikely in three hours – she’d still be visible from here.” “And she wasn’t suicidal at lunch time,” added Paxton. “Normally, she hated drill duty, but she was okay today, because we’re so close to breaking through.” “But she shut the thing down, and we’ve wasted the whole day searching for her,” said Hall bitterly. “Now we might never reach the lake.” “We will,” said Paxton. “I’m on first watch tomorrow – I’ll start early, and we’ll continue ’til we reach it; then we’ll tell McMurdo to
published “The Problem of Cell 13” as a serial in The Boston American (30 October – 5 November 1905), challenging the newspaper’s readers to solve the story. It introduced Futrelle’s character Professor S.F.X. Van Dusen, known as the Thinking Machine, who has such a power of deduction that he is able to resolve any problem, no matter how impossible it seems. In this first story he set himself the challenge of escaping from a locked cell in a high-security prison, kept constantly under watch. How
peered out. The window faced West, with a splendid view of the facade of the 1930s apartment building across brass Street. That building only went up ten stories, so the tenants above the tenth floor in this building might have a wonderful view of the tops of buildings in Santa Monica, and maybe even a glimpse of the ocean. Directly below was the black tarred roof of the two-storey parking garage, access to which was available only to workmen, who had to sign out the key. According to building