Sunday, July 17, 2022

Ten of the best locked-room mysteries

Tom Mead is a UK crime fiction author specialising in locked-room mysteries.

He is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Authors.

Mead's debut novel is Death and the Conjuror.

[ My Book, The Movie: Death and the Conjuror; The Page 69 Test: Death and the Conjuror]

At CrimeReads Mead tagged his ten favorite locked-room mysteries, including:
Bloodhounds (1996) by Peter Lovesey

Peter Lovesey is a leading light of the classic-style puzzle mystery, and his Peter Diamond series is a perfect blend of the fair-play problem with the police procedural. Bloodhounds is an exemplary novel in which a group of mystery fiction enthusiasts (the titular “Bloodhounds”) find themselves caught up in a real-life locked-room mystery. As such, John Dickson Carr is referenced prominently. The problem is also a highly unusual one: a murder on a locked and impenetrable canal barge. If you’re completely new to the genre and perhaps a little sceptical about it, this is a fine place to start.
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--Marshal Zeringue