The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-room Mysteries

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-room Mysteries

The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled

Book - 2014
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The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries by Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more

THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES: An empty desert, a lonely ski slope, a gentleman's study, an elevator car--nowhere is a crime completely impossible.

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has collected sixty-eight of the all-time best impossible-crime stories from almost two hundred years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form--a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth--this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances. Among these pages you'll find stories with evocative titles like "The Flying Death", "The Man From Nowhere", "A Terribly Strange Bed", and "The Theft of the Bermuda Penny", not to mention appearances by some of the cleverest characters in all of crime, including Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Georges Simenon's Jules Maigret, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op, and many more.

* Unconventional means of murder
* Pilfered jewels
* Shocking solutions

* Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", the first detective story and the first locked-room mystery
* Masters of the short story form: Edward D. Hoch, Ellery Queen, Carter Dickson, and Stanley Ellin

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2014
ISBN: 9780307743961
Branch Call Number: M BLACK
Characteristics: xv, 941 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Penzler, Otto - Editor


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Jul 09, 2019

After about 50 stories, the theme became too repetitious so I read the stories by my favorite authors. Still a fun idea. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 20, 2018

Murder on an escalator, murder in an elevator - this collection is almost consistently a page-turner from cover to cover. A one-page background biography for each author introduces each short story (and provides references to further reading).

recently, my dear brother, initiated a locked room mystery. he came to clean my apartment (the size of a large room). he required me to empty my coat pockets so that it could be laundered. my caps, too, were to be laundered. so those items were thrown together into a laundry bag with the items which needed to be washed and dried. it was a hurry up! hurry up! kind of a deal, and before I knew it, I was sitting watching the laundry, at the laundroma t. there was a bait and switch involved before he arrived: he asked me to ascertain the whereabouts of the apartment building's laundry room, and the coinage required to use the machines. after he got to the apartment, this was never mentioned as the destination. also, he required me to take the keys to the apartment and the building off my key chain, and give them to him. by the time the apartment was semi-reorganized, I was missing the contents of my coat, and my caps. I found, eventually, the pens and scissors from the coat. I never did find the medical appointment slips, thus necessitating a rescheduling of a new doctor's appointment, and a going to an appointment on a Monday that was actually for a Wednesday. ( I eventually made the Wednesday appointment.) still haven't found the caps, though. " I remember seeing the orange one for a short period of time, but I didn't see the Patriots cap (it's actually a seahawks super bowl cap ). I threw nothing away, I took nothing with me when I left your apartment."

Nov 02, 2016

A heaping helping of "impossible" and locked-room mysteries. Written in vastly different styles, these stories are a real panoply. All are above average to great. 68 short stories. Recommended.

This 937-page book is a lot of reading. I estimate it as the equivalent of eight 300-page paperbacks. The nice thing about a library is that you can check a book out and, later, check it out again and, even later, check it out again.


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