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All but Impossible!: An Anthology of Locked Room and Impossible Crime Stories by Members of the Mystery Writers of America (Mystery Writers of America Anthology)

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Twenty stories tell of baffling crimes, disappearing footprints, vanishing criminals, and amazing thefts.
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Ticknor & Fields
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Wendy
The Shadow of the Goat / John Dickson Carr -- The Little House at Croix-Rouge / Georges Simenon -- The Problem of the Emperor's Mushrooms / James Yaffe -- From Another World / Clayton Rawson -- Through a Glass, Darkly / Helen McCloy -- Snowball in July / Ellery Queen -- The Newtoninan Egg / Peter Godfrey --The Triple Lock'd Room / Lillian de la Torre -- The Brazen Locked Room / Isaac Asimov -- The Martian Crown Jewels / Peter Anderson -- The Day the Children Vanished / Hugh Pentecost -- As if by ...more
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Readers who relish a challenge will enjoy flexing their brains with this collection of locked room or impossible murder stories, sometimes called the most ‘intellectual’ form of the crime story. These tales feature crimes committed in such a way that it seems impossible to determine how they were carried out. For example, a man might be found stabbed to death in a house to which every access route is guarded and in which no weapon is to be found. Studies show that neural connections in the brain ...more
TrumanCoyote
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Locked-room stories...pretty fun, but kind of like a haiku anthology: though you may be impressed by the variety, ultimately (inevitably) it's fairly limited. Liked "From Another World"--with the sealed room that wasn't really (and the tearing paper). One of them was indeed like the Chowchilla kidnapping--eerily.
Gigi
Overall, a fantastic collection. Several of my favorite locked-room mystery short stories are here, including "Through A Glass, Darkly," by Helen McCloy (which was a shortly story before McCloy wrote it as a full-length novel).
Lawrence
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A collection of locked room and other seemingly impossible crimes edited by Edward Hock. I enjoyed the book but as in all collections a unevenness in the quality of the stories.
Gordon
An excellent collection. As with all anthologies, some are better than others, but there were no poor stories here.
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Edward D. Hoch is one of the most honored mystery writers of all time.

* 1968 Edgar Allan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America): "The Oblong Room", The Saint Mystery Magazine, July 1967
* 1998 Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention): "One Bag of Coconuts", EQMM, November 1997
* 2001 Anthony Award (Bouchercon): "The Problem of the Potting Shed", EQMM, July 2000
* 2007 Ellery Queen Readers
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