Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Whodunit?: Utterly Baffling Detective Stories” as Want to Read:
Whodunit?: Utterly Baffling Detective Stories
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Whodunit?: Utterly Baffling Detective Stories

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  72 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In Whodunit? compiled by Philip Pullman, unexplained disappearances, daring thefts, perplexing mysteries, and the greatest sleuths of all time combine in a page-turning read. From Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, famous detectives puzzle their way through a maze of alibis and motives in this superb selection of classic and contemporary crime fiction.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 15th 2007 by Kingfisher (first published November 1st 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Whodunit?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Whodunit?

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great selection of short stories by authors that have become the "standard" of the mystery genre (Christie, Sayers, Ellery Queen, etc.) that are kid-readable and appealing... but all adult characters so this one is for the at-least-10-and-up crowd for sure.

Adults will appreciate Pullman's short intro notes breaking down the the different mystery sub-genres / story-types.
Plainsboro Public Library
Heart failure, blood poisoning and suicide? All at once? In The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb by Agatha Christie, Sir John Willard died after he entered an ancient tomb. It was thought to be a heart attack, but other characters die mysteriously as well. One dies of blood poisoning while another dies of tetanus followed by suicide. The curse of the Pharaoh is following those who dishonor the tomb. Hercule Poirot sets off to Egypt to investigate the “curse” and whodunnit?
Also, in The Speckled Ban
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Phillip Pullman has chosen some excellent short stories for this attractively packaged collection. Designed with older children, teenagers and young adults in mind - obvious only in two puzzle sections and possibly the choice of an extract from 'Emil and the Detectives' - this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery stories.

Some old favourites appear. Whilst some, such as Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Speckled Band', will doubtless be familiar to most readers, others probably won't
Dane Cobain
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Philip Pullman is a writer of extraordinary talent, and so I’d be willing to take his judgement in most matters of art and literature. Here, he reveals sixteen of his favourite detective stories, featuring some of the greatest sleuths of all-time including Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Sam Spade.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked this up, but I quickly settled in – in fact, the first story in the collection is The Speckled Band, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best Sherlock H
Jan 04, 2009 added it
this book is about many detective stories cobined in one book and with the writers name wirten in every chapter such as Agatha Christie, Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dorothy L. Sayers all of this writers and many more agreed on Philip Pullman the Author of this detective book to put it in one whole together. This book tells about a mystery about the crime, murder, kidnnaping, and a little less robery. Once when your almost done with the crime scene and gave out info, and clues. once the chapter ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The stories are a lot of fun although not especially diverse in range (and some of the excerpts feel really incomplete when presented as short stories), and the introductions from Philip Pullman give the book a cohesive feel overall. They aren't all classic whodunits in structure and some don't involve any detectives, but they relate thematically with the inherent paranoia and tension that define the genre. As with any collection, the stories are hit-and-miss, and the misses for me all seem to d ...more
Shimin Li
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade-adv
This book has 16 short mysteries, some solved by by famous detectives, some left an open end. But it's still a great book with challenging tales.
You know how criminals are everywhere, detectives are everywhere too. Anyone could be smart and analyze facts and predict and so. That's also what scientists do too.
This book reminds me of my favorite detective stories, by Sir Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes was a worldwide famous man lived in London. He's sooooo intelligent! You guys should check him out
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
A good mixture of stories from a genre I don't usually read. I laughed and was perplexed so I guess it achieved what it set out to do.
Nice short introduction into the detective genre, might even have tempted me to read a bit more...
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I enjoyed many of the stories, but I found myself getting bored towards the end, so I quit reading it. My favorite story was Asimov's "The Cross of Lorraine".
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Eh. It was interesting to read outside my usual comfort genres, but most of the stories were just absurd.
Mavis Hewitt
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
Like detective stories, so enjoyed this mixture, easy to read, specially liked the Italian Folk tale.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hm. No.
Rhitwick Biswas
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished it two days back. Few stories are really good and justify the book title.
Check it out...
Melanie Au
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
includes many short mysteries written by classic mystery writters.
rated it really liked it
Nov 27, 2012
rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2016
rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2014
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2017
Kendra Harris
rated it really liked it
Jan 17, 2015
Karthik Bhat
rated it really liked it
Nov 07, 2016
rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2016
rated it liked it
Apr 10, 2015
rated it liked it
Nov 10, 2012
Liam Ryan
rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2013
rated it really liked it
Nov 13, 2011
rated it really liked it
Mar 29, 2010
rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2014
rated it liked it
Sep 29, 2013
Isaac Thuesen
rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2016
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Thank You, M'Am
  • A Terribly Strange Bed
  • World's Greatest Sleuth!
  • Heartache Motel
  • Butterflies (The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, #2)
  • Thief! (The Queen's Thief, #0.5)
  • Vermont Weddings: Dear Granny/The Long Trail to Love/Sweet Sugared Love (Heartsong Novella Collection)
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Four New Inspirational Love Stories from Christmases Gone by
  • The Viscount Claims His Bride
  • 24 Declassified: Trojan Horse
  • There Are No Wolves in California
  • Eat Your Poison, Dear (Sebastian Barth, #2)
  • On the Wings of Love
  • Dog Friday
  • The Girls Next Door: Into the Heart of Lesbian America
  • The Sleepwalkers
  • The Stepdaughter
  • Wishing Stars: Space Opera Fairytales
In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
More about Philip Pullman...

Mystery & Thrillers Deals

  • Lost and Found (Rock Harbor Search and Rescue #2)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • Light Before Day
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Hold Still (Jocelyn Rush, #1)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Still Waters (Sandhamn, #1)
    $4.99 $2.00
  • Into the Light (The Light, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Burning Man (Gideon and Sirius, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Disturbed
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Cold Black Earth
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Guardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Man With the Golden Gun (James Bond, #13)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Beyond Belief (Emily Castles Mysteries)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • A Reason to Live (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Memory Child
    $3.49 $0.99
  • Finding Emma (Finding Emma Series Book 1)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Lucky Ones
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Red Gold (Night Soldiers, #5)
    $12.99 $1.99
  • A Small Indiscretion
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Allegedly
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Octopussy and the Living Daylights (James Bond, #14)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Dragon Bones (Red Princess, #3)
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Flee (Codename: Chandler #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Snow Garden
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Hallowed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney #5)
    $7.99 $0.99
  • This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley #16)
    $7.49 $1.99
  • While the Savage Sleeps
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Technologists
    $12.99 $1.99