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Reading list: Halloween Book Bingo - Locked Room Mystery Square

Created by: Murder by Death

The locked-room mystery is a subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime—almost always murder—is committed under circumstances under which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime and/or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.

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Books: 77

1.
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas - Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr
The Hollow Man
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Cover Her Face - P.D. James
Cover Her Face
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The Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
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And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None
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Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia
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The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone
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Killer's Wedge - Ed McBain
Killer's Wedge
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Vendetta - Michael Dibdin
Vendetta
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The Dead Room - Herbert Resnicow
The Dead Room
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A Holiday for Murder - Agatha Christie
A Holiday for Murder
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The Adventure Of The Speckled Band And Other Stori... - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure Of The Speckled Band And Other Stories Of Sherlock Holmes
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The Adventure of the Resident Patient - Annotated - Sidney Paget, George Cavendish, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Resident Patient - Annotated
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The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Nine Tailors
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Three detective novels: Including The Arabian nigh... - John Dickson Carr
Three detective novels: Including The Arabian nights murder; The Burning court; The problem of the wire cage
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Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton
Death in the Tunnel
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Envious Casca - Georgette Heyer
Envious Casca
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Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales - Edgar Allan Poe, Matthew Pearl
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales
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Evil Under the Sun - Agatha Christie
Evil Under the Sun
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Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison
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Have His Carcase - Dorothy L. Sayers
Have His Carcase
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The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of Four
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Uncle Silas - Victor Sage, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uncle Silas
Note: Can also be used for:
Gothic square
Dark and Stormy Night square
Classic Horror square
Genre: Horror square
Genre: Mystery square
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Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impo... - Martin Edwards, Various Authors
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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28.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Myste... - Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Ross MacKenzie, Soji Shimada, Shika MacKenzie
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
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Greenthieves - Alan Dean Foster
Greenthieves
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The Decagon House Murders - Yukito Ayatsuji, Ho-Ling Wong, Soji Shimada
The Decagon House Murders
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Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb
Secrets in Death
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The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
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The Naval Treaty (Sherlock Holmes Series) - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Naval Treaty (Sherlock Holmes Series)
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The King Is Dead - Ellery Queen
The King Is Dead
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A John Dickson Carr Trio, Including: The Three Cof... - John Dickson Carr
A John Dickson Carr Trio, Including: The Three Coffins; The Crooked Hinge; and The Case of the Constant Suicides
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The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
The Moving Toyshop
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The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10
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Firestorm - Nevada Barr
Firestorm
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Winter Study - Nevada Barr
Winter Study
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The Locked Room - Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
The Locked Room
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The Law of The Four Just Men - Edgar Wallace
The Law of The Four Just Men
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The Night Calls - David Pirie
The Night Calls
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The Red Pavillion: a Chinese Detective Story - Robert Van Gulik
The Red Pavillion: a Chinese Detective Story
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The Chinese Gold Murders - Robert van Gulik
The Chinese Gold Murders
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Payment In Blood - Elizabeth George
Payment In Blood
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The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh, #13) - P.D. James
The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh, #13)
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Original Sin - P.D. James
Original Sin
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Busman's Honeymoon - Dorothy L. Sayers
Busman's Honeymoon
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No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer
No Wind of Blame
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Detection Unlimited - Georgette Heyer
Detection Unlimited
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The Case of the Late Pig - Margery Allingham
The Case of the Late Pig
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Death of a Ghost - Margery Allingham
Death of a Ghost
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A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh
A Man Lay Dead
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Final Curtain - Ngaio Marsh
Final Curtain
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Tied Up In Tinsel - Ngaio Marsh
Tied Up In Tinsel
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Death and the Dancing Footman - Ngaio Marsh
Death and the Dancing Footman
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Hand In Glove - Ngaio Marsh
Hand In Glove
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Scales of Justice - Ngaio Marsh
Scales of Justice
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Overture To Death - Ngaio Marsh
Overture To Death
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Night at the Vulcan - Ngaio Marsh
Night at the Vulcan
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The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Valley of Fear
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The Norwood Builder / The Adventure of Silver Blaz... - John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Norwood Builder / The Adventure of Silver Blaze / The Blackmailer / The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle
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They do it with Mirrors - Agatha Christie
They do it with Mirrors
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The Seven Dials Mystery - Agatha Christie
The Seven Dials Mystery
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Dead Man's Mirror (A Hercule Poirot Mystery) - Christie Agatha
Dead Man's Mirror (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)
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Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie
Death in the Clouds
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The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage
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Sparkling Cyanide - Agatha Christie
Sparkling Cyanide
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The Hollow - Agatha Christie
The Hollow
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Sad Cypress - Agatha Christie
Sad Cypress
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Three Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie
Three Act Tragedy
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Lord Edgware Dies - Agatha Christie
Lord Edgware Dies
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
Towards Zero
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Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile
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Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks
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Champagne for One - Rex Stout, Lena Horne
Champagne for One
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Comments

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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Another Christie: "Evil Under the Sun" (ISBN 13: 9781579126285; ISBN 10: 1579126286).

Arguably, Dorothy L. Sayers's first two "Lord Peter and Harriet Vane" novels are locked room mysteries, too:
"Strong Poison" (ISBN 13: 9780061043505; ISBN 10: 0061043508) involves a meal jointly eaten down to the last crumb by two cousins, one of whom survives while the other ones dies;
and in "Have His Carcase" (ISBN 13: 9780061043529; ISBN 10: 0061043524) all the evidence points to the victim having died at a time when he can't possibly have died in reality.

Incidentally, for "Sign of Four" did you possibly add the book for the BBC adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch instead of Conan Doyle's actual novel? (Here's the Amazon page for the book you added: https://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Sign-Four-BBC-Books/dp/1849904049)
A.C.D.'s original novel is (inter alia) here: ISBN 13: 9780140439076 (ISBN 10: 0140439072)
Murder by Death
Added all of them and changed Sign of Four. There is no doubt that I grabbed the wrong one; Doyle is another author that desperately needs to be battled into shape in the db, but I quail whenever I consider tackling it.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
... the biggest problem with his books being that pretty much all the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "Complete Sherlock Holmes" and a plethora of collections pulling together stories from *several different* original story collections are all lumped together in one big combined mess. Yep. I recently tried to clean up the rest of his books, but emphatically drew the line at the 600-book-or-so Sherlock blob.
Murder by Death
I had the same problem with another prolific author...can't remember who it was but two of their books were combined and there were hundreds of them. I was actually willing to separate them out (b/c I'm impatient and I was bored) but the problem was every time I'd seperate out the editions, they'd recombine automatically because they were exact to another combined edition. I had to get BL to do it and it took forever and that was when they actually spent time on their own site. :(
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Oh, brother. Speaks volumes as to their priorities ... and let's not get started on the fact that with decent librarian tools, we wouldn't even have to ask them to step in at all!
Murder by Death
No, no, no, don't get me started on that. It's a soapbox from which I'll never step down. (It would be SO damn easy to fix though... )
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Yes!!!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Also, Sheridan Le Fanu: "Uncle Silas" (ISBN 13: 9780140437461; ISBN 10: 0140437460) -- which also qualifies for everything from "Gothic" to "Dark and Stormy Night" to "Classic Horror" to "Genre: Horror" to "Genre: Mystery" (they don't get any more Halloween'ish than this).
Murder by Death
Added.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you!
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Gaudy Night, though a suberb book, is NOT a locked room mystery.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
I puzzled over that one, too -- though there is one scene that might arguably qualify: the scene in the arts & crafts class room where the perpetrator is (seemingly) disturbed and "forced" to leave behind a box with cut out letters. Though the real puzzle is not how the perpetrator might have gotten out -- that is soon explained -- but how they can be in several places at once; allegedly being discovered through the keyhole inside the room and also being one of the discoverers / one of the "alert" party. (The scene becomes recognizable as a possible locked room scene only after you've reached the final reveal, though, I suppose.)
Murder by Death
I removed Gaudy Night. It was mentioned a couple of times in the comments of some of the threads and even though I read it years ago, I can't remember enough to argue locked room or not locked room. I defer to both of you and your expertise (expertises? - ha!).
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Where's the mystery element in "The Yellow Wallpaper"? The protagonist is locked up in her room, but the book is concerned with her slow descent into madness, not with an impossible crime ...
Murder by Death
If you say so, I'll remove it. I've never read it, and likely it was suggested at some point last year or this year and I added it in good faith. :P
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
No reflection on you, of course not!! And thank you.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Genuine locked room mysteries / impossible crimes:

Ellery Queen: "The King Is Dead"
John Dickson Carr: " The Case of the Constant Suicides"
Edmund Crispin: "The Movin Toyshop"
Ruth Ware: "The Woman in Cabin 10"
Nevada Barr: "Firestorm", "Winter Study"
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: "The Locked Room"
Edgar Wallace: "The Four Just Men"
David Pirie: "The Night Calls"
Robert van Gulik: "The Red Pavillion", "The Chinese Gold Murders"
Elizabeth George: "Payment in Blood"
P.D. James: "The Lighthouse", "Original Sin"
Dorothy L. Sayers: "Busman's Honeymoon"
Georgette Heyer: "No Wind of Blame", "Detection Unlimited"
Margery Allingham: "The Case of the Late Pig", "Death of a Ghost"
Ngaio Marsh: "A Man Lay Dead", "Final Curtain", "Tied Up in Tinsel", "Death and the Dancing Footman", "Hand in Glove", "Scales of Justice", "Overture to Death", "Night at the Vulcan"
Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Valley of Fear", "The Norwood Builder"
Agatha Christie: "They Do It With Mirrors", "The Seven Dials Mystery", "Dead Man's Mirror", "Death in the Clouds", "Murder at the Vicarage", "Sparkling Cyanide", "The Hollow", "Sad Cypress", "Three Act Tragedy", "Lord Edgware Dies", "Towards Zero", "Death on the Nile"

Murder by Death
Updated! Thanks!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thanks in turn!
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Just struck me that there's a Rex Stout that qualifies - Too Many Cooks.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
True -- several, actually. "Champagne for One" as well (which is sort of Stout's take on Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide" ...)
Murder by Death
Added both. :)

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