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Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes, the (2000) [Anthology]
by Thomas Bailey Aldrich Lawrence Block William Brittain John Dickson Carr Michael Collins Martin Edwards Kate Ellis Howel Evans Margaret Frazer Jacques Futrelle Peter T. Garratt Susanna Gregory Lois H. Gresh Edward D. Hoch H. R. F. Keating Michael Kurland Peter Lovesey Richard A. Lupoff Edward Marston Amy Myers Melville Davisson Post Bill Pronzini Clayton Rawson Frank M. Robinson Marilyn Todd Peter Tremayne Robert Weinberg A.M. Williamson C.N. Williamson Lynne Wood Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Mammoth Anthologies

Summary (From the publisher):

Edited by Mike Ashley.

The stories in this teasing anthology are more than whodunnits; they're how-on-earth-dunnits! We all enjoy speculating on the perfect 'impossible' crime and the locked-room mystery and here, for the first time ever, is a mammoth collection of such stories, all very different, but all aimed to baffle the wits of the sleuth-reader.

See if you can solve these enigmas:
* A passenger is beheaded while travelling alone in a lift
* A motor boat arrives at a port - driven by a dead man
* Nelson vanishes from the top of his column - and Napoleon appears!
* A recently dead body is found in a coffin which has been buried for decades and only just unearthed
* At a show a woman is murdered and the only people near her are the male strippers on the stage - with no visible weapons!
* A man is seen on video robbing a post office at the same time that he's at home in bed
* A murder victim is found in a plane's toilet at 30,000 feet - with the door locked from the inside!

These stories will stretch your powers of deduction to the limit. They include new stories especially written for this anthology as well as some classics from master crime writers. With some of the most mystifying tales ever, this collection offers a unique treat for whodunnit fans.


  • Foreword by David Renwick
  • Introduction: Hey, Presto! by Mike Ashley
  • Waiting for Godstow by Martin Edwards
  • The Odour of Sanctity by Kate Ellis
  • A Traveller’s Tale by Margaret Frazer
  • The Silver Curtain by John Dickson Carr (as Carter Dickson)
  • The Stolen Saint Simon by Michael Kurland
  • The Problem of the Crowded Cemetery by Edward D. Hoch
  • Death Rides the Elevator by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg
  • The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke by Lynne Wood & Lawrence Block
  • No Way Out by Michael Collins (as Dennis Lynds)
  • Off the Face of the Earth by Clayton Rawson
  • Murder Strips Off by Amy Myers
  • Out of His Head by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The Doomdorf Mystery by Melville Davisson Post
  • The Adventure of the Jacobean House by C.N. & A.M. Williamson
  • The Motor Boat by Jacques Futrelle
  • Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
  • The Pulp Connection [“The Private Eye Who Collected Pulps”] by Bill Pronzini
  • Stag Night by Marilyn Todd
  • Mr. Strang Accepts a Challenge by William Brittain
  • The Legs That Walked by H.R.F. Keating
  • The Next Big Thing by Peter T. Garratt
  • The Second Drug by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Ice Elation by Susanna Gregory
  • The Mystery of the Taxi-Cab by Howel Evans
  • Heartstopper by Frank M. Robinson
  • Blind Eyes by Edward Marston
  • The Amorous Corpse by Peter Lovesey
  • Afterword: Impossible Crimes by Mike Ashley

Original title: The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesLocked Room Mysteries

The following works are contained within this one:
     Problem of the Crowded Cemetery, the (1995) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Burglar Who Smelled Smoke, the (1997) [Short Story]
      Authors: Lawrence Block , Lynne Wood
     Amorous Corpse, the (2000) [Short Story]
      Author: Peter Lovesey

Edition #1: Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes, the

Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes, the (2000)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 0786707909

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