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review 2016-10-25 04:45
Vol. 3: Locked Room Puzzles...
Locked Room Puzzles, Academy Mystery Novellas, Volume 3 - Martin H. Greenberg

Vol. 3: Locked Room Puzzles consists of four locked room mysteries...

 

The Third Bullet by John Dickson Carr-  5 stars

I liked it a lot. It's about a judge that's found murdered in his study which no one had access to. There was also 1 gun found, 1 suspect in the room & 3 bullets from 3 different guns so where did the other 2 bullets come from??  It was a fun locked room mystery and I didn't figure it out until the very end after all of the clues were pretty much announced already. : )

 

Booktaker by Bill Pronzini- 5 stars

This was a favorite of mine particularly because the setting was a bookstore. Some one had been stealing rare and valuable maps, prints & documents from the store during the hours of 11-2. The owner, Mr. Rothman, was at a loss to who was committing the thefts because the store had a faulty alarm system, sensors, locked windows and fire doors and he had taken back the two keys to the antiquarian room after the first theft occurred. So Mr. Rothman hires a private investigator to pose as an employee in hopes of catching the thief. 

 

From Another World by Clayton Rawson- 5 stars

In From Another World, a very wealthy man that's been murdered and an unconscious psychic apport medium, are found inside his study which has been sealed from the inside. Merlini, the famous magician, was asked in by police to help discover how the murder was committed. I liked this one a lot because of its paranormal and magic undertones. It was pretty entertaining and a challenge to figure out.

 

Day of the Wizard by Edward D. Hoch- 2 stars

This mystery features one of Hoch's leading characters, Simon Ark, who is said to be a two-thousand year old Coptic priest. He is asked to "solve the mystery of a wrecked plane in the desert and its strange cargo, an enigmatic magician and a drugged blonde. This one started out pretty good but I didn't care for how it ended and the multiple threads weren't tied together very well it seemed like. I just felt confused when it ended instead of satisfied. 

 

I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Locked Room Mystery~ square.

 

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text 2016-09-13 07:33
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 228 pages.
Locked Room Puzzles, Academy Mystery Novellas, Volume 3 - Martin H. Greenberg

Vol. 3: Locked Room Puzzles consists of four locked room mysteries...

 

The Third Bullet by John Dickson Carr; Booktaker by Bill Pronzini; From Another World by Clayton Rawson & Day of the Wizard by Edward D. Hoch

 

So far I've read The Third Bullet & I give it 5 stars:

 

I liked it a lot. It's about a judge that's found murdered in his study which no one had access to. There was also 1 gun found, 1 suspect in the room & 3 bullets from 3 different guns so where did the other 2 bullets come from??  It was a fun locked room mystery and I didn't figure it out until the very end after all of the clues were pretty much announced already. : )

 

I haven't read the other three mysteries yet but they all sound really good so I'm planning on doing that this week which is why I'm not doing a full review on the book just yet.

 

 

I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Locked Room Mystery~ square.

 

 

 

 

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photo 2014-01-06 18:10
Happy Birthday, Sherlock!

Happy birthday, Sherlock Holmes! January 6 marks the birth of literature’s legendary detective (he’d be one hundred sixty today!). To celebrate the sleuthing genius’s contribution to the mystery genre, we’ve gathered ten mysteries influenced by the brain-work of the detective himself. These novels and story collections either feature Sherlock or are written in a distinctly Sherlockian style—smart detectives with a tad of the eccentric, who solve crimes through Holmes’s trademark method of detection: “an observance of trifles.”

Source: www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2014-01-06/Happy-Birthday-Sherlock.aspx
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review 2007-06-01 00:00
Eighteen - Jan Burke,Edward D. Hoch The quality of the stories in this collection varies greatly. It's sort of an odd conglomeration of stories she wrote at various times in her career. However, this was the first Jan Burke writing I'd read, and it interested me enough to try one of her novels, which I liked better than this collection.
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review 2002-01-01 00:00
The Thefts of Nick Velvet - Edward D. Hoch This is a collection of stories that I ran across somewhere. Clearly, Lawrence Block was not the first to create the congenial thief, nor was Donald Westlake. Nick Velvet — he changed his name from Velvetta to avoid the obvious confusion — takes on rather bizarre assignments. In one case he was hired to steal — and keep — the water from a particular swimming pool. He learned later that the water was to be used as evidence by the daughter of the owner's first wife to prove that her stepfather had murdered her mother. Rarely does Nick steal anything of ostensible monetary value. In "The Theft of the Clouded Tiger," he is hired to steal a rare tiger from a zoo for a Persian prince. In this case he profits handsomely but only by using the tiger to dispatch the real villains of the story. Unlike James Bond, whom Hoch originally intended Nick to be patterned after, Nick remains faithful to his girlfriend, Gloria, and he doesn't require the vast array of gadgets that make James Bond stories such fun for technophiles. In a truly classic story, "The Theft of the Meager Beavers," Nick is hired by the small country of Jabali to steal an entire major league baseball team. It seems the country's president has gone to great lengths to create a team for his country, but they have no one to play. Not wishing to disrupt the pennant race, Nick pours over the standings and selects the last place Beavers. As in all the stories, nothing is as it appears, and sure enough, Nick's sixth sense warns him that the nine members of the baseball team, the nine seashells on Jabali's flag, the Nine House, where the president resides, and the nine members of a firing squad all have considerable significance. In other stories, Nick is stolen himself, and has to make off with seven ravens. These are a lot of fun.

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