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Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, the (2006) [Anthology]
by William Brittain Joseph Commings Vincent Cornier Peter Crowther Peter Godfrey Lois H. Gresh Edward D. Hoch H. Edward Hunsburger C. Daly King Bernard Knight J. A. Konrath William Krohn William Le Queux Gillian Linscott Laird Long Barry B. Longyear Richard A. Lupoff Eric Mayer Will Murray Douglas Newton Arthur Porges John Basye Price Bill Pronzini Robert J. Randisi Mary Reed Max Rittenberg Forrest Rosaire William F. Smith Peter Tremayne Robert Weinberg Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Mammoth Anthologies

Summary (From the publisher):

This ingenious new anthology from Mike Ashley presents nearly 30 impossible mysteries and bizarre crimes guaranteed to fascinate and intrigue. Among them are some crimes so impossible that they're pretty near perfect, and others so perfect that they are impossible to solve.

In all, the delight is in unravelling the puzzle and trying to work out what on earth happened. Cases include:

  • A man in an all-glass phone booth, clearly visible and with no one near him, is killed by an ice pick
  • Someone sitting alone in a room is shot by a bullet fired only once and that was over 200 years ago
  • A man enters a cable-car carriage alone and is visible the entire journey but is found dead when he reaches the bottom
  • A man vanishes at the top of the Indian rope trick and is found dead miles away
  • A dead man continues to receive mail in response to letters apparently written by him after he'd died


  • Copyright and Acknowledgments
  • Foreword: Perfectly Impossible by Mike Ashley
  • An Almost Perfect Crime by William F. Smith
  • The X Street Murders by Joseph Commings
  • Locked in Death by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer
  • Wingless Pegasus by Gillian Linscott
  • Duel of Shadows by Vincent Cornier
  • The 45 Steps by Peter Crowther
  • Contrary to the Evidence by Douglas Newton
  • The Impossible Footprint by William Brittain
  • Three Blind Rats by Laird Long
  • Death and the Rope Trick by John Basye Price
  • The Problem of the Black Cloister by Edward D. Hoch
  • A Shower of Daggers by Edward D. Hoch
  • The Hook by Robert Randisi
  • The Mystery of the Sevenoaks Tunnel by Max Rittenberg
  • The Red Ring by William Le Queux
  • Observable Justice by Will Murray
  • On the Rocks by J.A. Konrath
  • Eternally Yours by H. Edward Hunsburger
  • Murder in Monkeyland by Lois Gresh & Robert Weinberg
  • No Killer Has Wings by Arthur Porges
  • Benning's School for Boys by Richard A. Lupoff
  • The Episode of the Nail and the Requiem by C. Daly King
  • The Impossible Murder of Dr Satanus by William Krohn
  • The Stuart Sapphire by Peter Tremayne
  • The Flung-Back Lid by Peter Godfrey
  • The Poisoned Bowl by Forrest Rosaire
  • Proof of Guilt by Bill Pronzini
  • Slaughterhouse by Barry Longyear
  • The Birdman of Tonypandy by Bernard Knight

Original title: The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries
Original languages: English


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

The following works are contained within this one:
     Almost Perfect Crime, an (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: William F. Smith
     Shower of Daggers, a (1997) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Locked in Death (2006) [Short Story]
      Authors: Mary Reed , Eric Mayer

Edition #1: Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, the

Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, the (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Mike Ashley
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Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, the (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Robinson
ISBN: 9781845293376
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 530

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