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Old June 15th, 2004, 04:09 PM
Wyatt James
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Another Locked Room Anthology

Dug this one up behind the dust on my shelves (double ranked, so
there's stuff not looked at for years), and it is a good one: "The
Locked Room Reader" edited by Hans Stefan Santesson (1968).

The authors:
(vol 1)
Carr -- 'The Locked Room' [Dr Fell]
Queen -- 'The Dauphin's Doll'
Rawson -- 'Nothing Is Impossible'
Craig Rice -- 'His Heart Could Break'
Chesterton -- 'Oracle of the Dog'
Hershman (who he?) -- 'When a Felon Needs a Friend'
M.D. Post -- 'Doomdorf Mystery' [WAY over-anthologized]
Zangwill -- 'Big Bow Mystery'
(vol 2)
Brittain (who he?) -- 'Man Who Read John Dickson Carr' [very funny]
Hoch -- 'The Long Way Down'
M.A. deFord -- 'Time Trammel'
Blochman (who he?) -- 'Reprieve'
Boucher -- 'The Smoke-Filled Locked Room'
Commings (not a Brooks Banner story) -- 'Bones for Davy Jones'
Flanagan (who he?) -- 'The Fine Italian Hand' [excellent]
Henry Kane (you gotta be kidding, but a nice surprise) -- 'The
Narrowig Lust'



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Old June 15th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

Both volumes are excellent, and both also reside on my shelves.

Here's another one for locked room fans....Locked Room Puzzles, Volume 3 by Academy Mystery Novellas, and edited by Martin Greenberg and Bill Pronzini, 1986. A short list, but all wonderful.... The Third Bullet, by JDC, Booktaker by Bill Pronzini, From Another World by Clayton Rawson and Days of the Wizard by Ed Hoch.

Interesting criteria for these books...their excellence as mystery/suspense fiction and their relative obscurity. Looking at it again, I think I need to track down the earlier volumes.

Anita
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Old June 16th, 2004, 12:31 PM
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Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

For those of you avid for locked room shorts, in addition to the two
books quoted, here are some more anthologies:
1.'Death Locked In' edited by our very own Douglas Greene (with Bob
Adey, who else?)which has 24 first-rate locked-room stories.
2. Bob and Jack Adrian edited 'Murder Impossible' with 21 stories.
3. Ed Hoch edited 'All But Impossible' containing 20, including one
by Simenon.
4. Recently the 'Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and
Impossible Crimes' came out, edited by Mike Ashley with 27 stories

All the above are well worth the trouble to search out. On the other
hand, Otto Penzler's 'Whodunit? Houdini?' really only has four
genuine locked rooms in it.

Anyone able to use Excel can get the contents of each of the above
collections from the file 'Locked Room Library' which I have just
posted (tabs Anth 1E, Anth 2E, and Anth 3E).

Judging by recent discussion on these illustrious pages, it would be
deuced bad form to ask which are the best 10 short locked room
stories, so I won't.

John P.

P.S. If you read Japanese, Bob Adey also edited '18 Locked Room
Puzzles' with Hidetoshi Mori.
P.P.S And if you read French, Roland Lacourbe has edited several
excellent anthologies, most of the stories, it must be said, being
translations from the English, there having been -as far as I can
make out- about 20 decent French short locked room stories.
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Old June 16th, 2004, 02:08 PM
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Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

I'm in the middle of "The Mammoth Book of...". It is quite good, and
contains several mysteries of this sort that are recent, always a nice
sign that a genre isn't dead.
Of course, I have Greene and Adey's "Death Locked In", an excellent
anthology, but don't have Adey's definitive study of the subject.

--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "pugmire1" <pugmire1@y...> wrote:
> For those of you avid for locked room shorts, in addition to the two
> books quoted, here are some more anthologies:
> 1.'Death Locked In' edited by our very own Douglas Greene (with Bob
> Adey, who else?)which has 24 first-rate locked-room stories.
> 2. Bob and Jack Adrian edited 'Murder Impossible' with 21 stories.
> 3. Ed Hoch edited 'All But Impossible' containing 20, including one
> by Simenon.
> 4. Recently the 'Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and
> Impossible Crimes' came out, edited by Mike Ashley with 27 stories
>


> >




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Old June 16th, 2004, 04:45 PM
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Re: Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

And one more not yet mentioned....

Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries, edited by Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh and Martin Harry Greenberg. This one is a real goodie and features

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Poe
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Doyle
The Problerm of Cell 13 by Futrelle
The Light at Three O-Clock by MacKinlay Kantor
Murder at the Automat by Cornell Woolrich
The Exact Opposite by Gardner
The Blind Spot by Barry Perowne
The 51st Sealed Room by Robert Arthur
The Bird House by William March
Big Time Operator by Jack Wodhams
The Leopold Locked Room by Hoch
Vanishing Act by Bill Pronzini and Michael Kurland

A dozen choice morsals. The book has a good range of mysteries, from the Poe story written in 1841, to the Pronzini/Kurland story from 1975, having appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

I devoured every story in this book when I first picked it up about a dozen years ago. Just looking at it down from the top shelf makes me want to read it again, which I know I will do this weekend.

Oh, and to RKA, a few more "insider" e-mail shorthand notes.... LOL, which means "lots of laughs", and IMHO, which means" in my humble opinion". I guess we all write so much that any abbreviation is worthwhile using.

Anita
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Old June 17th, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Re: Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

the 'Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and
> Impossible Crimes' came out, edited by Mike Ashley
> with 27 stories
> THIS ONE IS VERY GOOD AND YOU CAN BUY IT ON AMAZON

OR BN.
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Old June 18th, 2004, 12:45 AM
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Re: Another Locked Room Anthology

Note that it includes Impossible Crimes, not just locked rooms. There
is a wonderful story in this one, Marston's "Blind Eyes," which
involves the theft of Admiral Nelson's statue from atop his pillar in
Trafalgar Square and its replacement by a statue of Napoleon.

--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, luis molina <lrmolina47@y...> wrote:
> the 'Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and
> > Impossible Crimes' came out, edited by Mike Ashley
> > with 27 stories
> > THIS ONE IS VERY GOOD AND YOU CAN BUY IT ON AMAZON

> OR BN.
> >

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