Impossible Mysteries Worth Exploring


I’ve recently come across the following list of impossible mysteries that I thought it was worth sharing:

Gaston Leroux’s The Mystery of the Yellow Room; Clayton Rawson’s Death From a Top Hat, The Headless Lady, The Footprints on the Ceiling, and No Coffin for the Corpse; Jonathan Latimer’s Headed for a Hearse, The Dead Don’t Care, and The Search for My Great Uncle’s Head; Edmund Crispin’s The Case of the Gilded Fly, Swan Song, and The Moving Toyshop; Anthony Boucher’s Nine Times Nine and Rocket to the Morgue; Herbert Brean’s Wilders Walk Away, The Traces of Brillhart, and Hardly a Man is Now Alive; and Ellery Queen’s The Door Between and The King is Dead. Source: Impossible Pleasures, Impossible Mysteries by Barry Ergang

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6 thoughts on “Impossible Mysteries Worth Exploring

  1. Hmm. I’d add Ellery Queen’s “The Lamp of God,” most books by John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson, and Hake Talbot’s amazing “Rim of the Pit.” But there’s nothing wrong with any of the ones on the list!

    1. Am sorry if my post was not all that clear Sergio. In the link enclosed you can read:
      Carr was the undisputed master of the “impossible crime” tale, my favorite type of traditional. More than any other writer in the detective field, Carr successfully wrought variations on the locked-room problem and other seemingly impossible situations with a distinctive flair for eerie atmospheres and page-turning suspense.
      So no major discrepancy here either. Thanks, chum 🙂

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