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Locked room mysteries


For seemingly no good reason at all, the BBC asks why locked room mysteries are so popular. It’s good to see the article reference John Dickson Carr, who was the master of the locked room mystery as detailed in our feature about this sub-genre of thriller writing.

Dickson Carr, who also wrote under the pseudonym Carter Dickson, was a genius of the locked room genre, a man able to wring mind-bending mysteries out of a bloodied corpse found in the most sparse of surroundings. In novels like The Crooked Hinge, The Hollow Man and Castle Skull, readers thrilled to tales of men shot dead in closed elevators, strangled to death in locked huts and abducted from railway carriages under constant surveillance.

 

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