Sunday, July 17, 2022

Top ten 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:
Invisible Green (1977) by John Sladek

John Sladek is an important figure in the world of science fiction, which unfortunately means his excellent impossible crime novels, Black Aura and Invisible Green have been long-neglected. Invisible Green in particular demonstrates its author’s versatile imagination, lively prose and his keen logic. The books themselves are anomalies in that they appeared in the 1970s, long after the golden age had ended. In spite of this, these are perfect examples of golden age locked rooms, with amateur sleuth Thackeray Phin cut from the same cloth as Edmund Crispin’s Gervase Fen. It’s just a shame that Phin appeared in only two novels and a short story before Sladek abandoned him in favour of sci fi. Who knows what else he could have achieved?
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue