Locked Room Mysteries


Our Mystery Month celebration continues with Locked Room Mysteries.  This sub-genre was popular in the Golden Age of mysteries (1920s & 1930s). Simply defined, it is “any crime committed in such a way that it seems impossible to determine how it was done.”

As Sherlock Holmes said, “The game is afoot.” Can you figure it out?


Even the Wicked by Lawrence Block

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe   (considered the original locked room mystery)

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle; also: The Sign of Four, Adventure of the Empty House and The Valley of Fear

The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver

Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie;  also And Then There Were None, They Do It With Mirrors, Murder of Roger AckroydSeven Dials Mystery

Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher  Fowler

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Cover her Face and Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James

The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall

Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh