The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries & Impossible Crimes edited by Mike Ashley, Little, Brown Book Group, October 30, 2000. Kindle Edition 512 pages, an anthology of twenty-nine short stories.
It seems everyone loves a locked-room story, and why not? If you read mysteries for the puzzle, there’s none better than the locked-room or impossible crime story. This is a really good, extensive anthology sure to keep you guessing throughout. Even if you’ve read some – or all – of these before, it’s a treat to reread them. Highly recommended!
Forward 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
“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 & Lawrence Block
“No Way Out” by Michael Collins
“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” 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, which is full of information and suggested other reading.
Copyright and Acknowledgments
I never have been into locked room novels but I think I might like that type of puzzles in short stories. In August I bought a remaindered version of a Black Lizard Anthology of locked room mysteries. And I have this one on the Kindle. I have read any of the stories yet though. This one has a nice cover.
Tracy, I really like locked room and impossible crimes in short stories. Though there’s not as must development of the plot, the puzzle aspect is usually clever and quick, at least in the good ones. That Black Lizard anthology, which I have in print, is also very good. These are awfully good to dip into between novels, which is why it took me months to read.
Rick, that is what I should be doing between each book I finish — reading a few short stories from some of the anthologies I am still working one.
I totally agree, Rick. I’d read some of these before but was more than happy to read them again. Really good collection. And Tracy made the right choice getting this on the Kindle, because these big books are BIG.
For a short story aficionado like yourself, this is a good, fat one with nice variety, and yes, I was glad I had the ebook version.
I think I own this book, but if I don’t Kindle is the way to go!
Good anthology, but yes, easier to manage in ebook!