The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries

The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 0786718935

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 0786718935

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the likes of Robert Randisi, Peter Crowther, and Max Rittenberg, these 30 stories of bizarre and impossible crimes will fascinate and intrigue the reader who grapples with their intricate puzzles. A man alone in an all-glass phone booth, visible on CCTV and with no one near him, is killed by an ice pick. A man sitting alone in a room is shot by a bullet fired only once—over 200 years ago. A man enters a cable-car alone, and is visible for the entire journey, only to be found dead when he reaches the bottom. A man receives mail in response to letters apparently written by him — after his death. The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries is a stunning collection of brand new and previously unpublished stories, as well as many stories from rare mystery journals appearing for the first time in book form.

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to Stone’s reasoning. “What else?” Lissner asked. “That piece of electrical tape found in the booth. We assumed that the phone company’s serviceman left it there. But remember the phone company hadn’t sent out anyone to fix the phone, so that little piece of tape set me thinking. It convinced me that the fake repairman murdered Townsend and then drove off in the stolen truck while Lew and the other witnesses were discovering the body.” The two detectives looked at each other and shook their

good measure. He turned to face his subordinates. “I know,” he teased. “Don’t you?” Both shook their heads. “I take it we agree that Townsend was murdered. Okay, then we have to accept as fact that the murder was conceived to lead the police to label it suicide, just as you did, Fred. The murderer has to be someone who knew Townsend might have a reason to kill himself and make it appear to be murder.” Jumping to conclusions was one of Curtis’s weaknesses. “Dr Wagner! He was the only one who

Penny standing at the door, staring out the peephole, while someone, the murderer, crouched out of sight on the other side of the door. All the murderer would have to do was quietly open the outside mail slot and shove a stick or a cane through, knocking Penny’s legs right out from under him. It was as simple as that. “Brilliant deduction,” I murmured to myself. I thought about phoning the police right away but decided to spring my theory on Karen first. Besides, I still had to figure out the

foot locker between two cots. “You guys know there’s no gambling allowed in the barracks. And it’s payday. How do you have any mazuma left to play for? Now I have to confiscate this evidence.” He stuffed the cards in one pocket and the money in another. “I don’t know, I don’t know, how are we ever going to make soldiers out of you sad sacks?” Nick Train had shoved his feet into his boots and tucked his fatigue jacket into his trousers. “Coughlin really wants to see me, Bowden?” “No, I’m just

to the man. “Are you really the police? I mean, are you a, a copper?” Before the man could answer, the waiter came back into the toilet. He was trailing behind a tall man with bushy eyebrows that met over his nose. His face, which was scowling, was a mask of excess, folds of skin lined with broken blood vessels. He said, “What’s going on?” “Who are you?” the bald man asked. “Sidney Poke. I’m the manager of the Regal.” The bald man nodded. “Any way into these things when they’re locked on the

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