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The Locked-room Mysteries - Otto Penzler
The Locked-room Mysteries
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Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, P. G. Wodehouse, Ellery Queen and even Stephen King rub shoulders with new and forgotten masterpieces in this definitive collection of utterly impossible crimes. The purest kind of detective story involves a crime solved by observation and... show more
Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, P. G. Wodehouse, Ellery Queen and even Stephen King rub shoulders with new and forgotten masterpieces in this definitive collection of utterly impossible crimes.

The purest kind of detective story involves a crime solved by observation and deduction, rather than luck, coincidence or confession. The supreme form of detection involves the explanation of an impossible crime, whether the sort of vanishing act that would make Houdini proud, a murder that leaves no visible trace, or the most unlikely villain imaginable.

Virtually all of the great writers of detective fiction have produced masterpieces in this genre, including Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, G.K. Chesterton, John Dickson Carr, Dashiell Hammett, Ngaio Marsh and Stephen King.

In this definitive collection, Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler selects a multifarious mix from across the entire history of the locked room story, which should form the cornerstone of any crime reader's library.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780857898920 (857898922)
Publisher: Atlantic
Pages no: 960
Edition language: English
Category:
Mystery
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Gene
Gene rated it
4.0 The Locked-room Mysteries
“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”This 1400+ page mammoth of a book is a collection of short stories; each of them (as should be obvious from the title) is a locked room mystery. This term is used very loosely as mysterie...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 The Locked-Room Mysteries
There were so many promising selections and recommendations from everyone for locked-room mysteries, I found it a little overwhelming: what to choose? Then I stumbled across this book at my library and it seemed the perfect answer; at 900+ pages I was certain to find a few good stories and all ...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Locked-room Mysteries
Some excellent stories here, many different ways to use a locked room in a mystery, mostly murder, lots of variety. Still best read in bits cause some seemed to almost repeat.
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