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  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (Aug. 22 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786707909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786707904
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,507,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
So THAT'S how they did it!!! Jan. 4 2002
By K. H. ZAINAL - Published on
Format: Paperback
A great collection of 'howdunnit' mysteries. Murder most foul (the fictional kind of course) is made more fun for the reader when the crime was committed in an impossible manner. How did a fresh corpse end up in a coffin which has laid undisturbed for two decades? How did the murderer-thief escape from a 10th floor showroom that was constantly under observation (and with only one exit...guarded, naturally)?
Most of the short stories here were written specifically for this book but there are some great classics as well like "The Silver Curtain", "The Adventure of the Jacobean House" and my personal favourite, "Off the Face of the Earth" by Clayton Rawson.
I admire the authors who must have racked their brains to come up with ingenious, incredible, seemingly impossible yet logical solutions to their stories. The reader is challenged to solve it but amateurs like me just dont bother. I prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride.
As I write this, has does not have ready copies of this anthology. Since its a UK published book, I advise potential sleuths to log onto They have more copies of this book than they know what to do with!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Locked Room Mysteries Rule! Nov. 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is filled with some great locked room mystery stories. These are always the hardest to solve, but the most satisfying to read. If you love a challenge, try to figure some of these out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good, not great collection Dec 5 2001
By Ken Braithwaite - Published on
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of fun stuff here, at a good price. Unfortunately quite a lot of the book is original stories, and inevitably they are not as good as some classics not included. But if you like locked rooms, there is no reason to hesitate about buying this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So many and all wonderful Jan. 25 2014
By Leyla - Published on
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Really enjoyed both the tales and the history of each writer and story. Many stories I have read before but that did not take away from the enjoyment of experiencing of reading a well write mystery without the gratuitous violence. There was only one story I did not like but maybe because I'm not much into maths. Well edited and easy to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A mixed bag Dec 14 2013
By Jim Grinstead - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't expect to be astonished. Seasoned mystery readers will see the solution in some of these stories coming early in the story. Others are surprising and others, as noted by the compiler, are possible, but unlikely. It's a good investment for those looking for decently written short stories, but it's more of a "browser" than a "reader."