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November 29, 2006 4:04 AM Subscribe
What's the best plays-fair, all-clues-on-the-table mystery?
posted by jbickers to media & arts (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've been obsessed with classic mysteries for a long time, and lately have been trying to find great puzzle-mysteries that (a) play totally fair and (b) lay all clues before the reader/viewer/listener, so that they have the same chance of solving the puzzle as the detective.
I've been digging the Ellery Queen old-time radio show - it's very much along these lines, as there was a trend back then of stopping the show and explicitly saying to the audience, "now you have all the clues ... do you know whodunit?" or some iteration thereof. If memory serves, the Eddie Capra Mysteries also used this conceit.
So, what mystery novels/movies/radio shows/etc. are perfect puzzle mysteries along these lines? I'm drawn to John Dickson Carr and Wilkie Collins - they're on the short list. What else?
(And I hope this goes without saying, but just in case it doesn't ... no spoilers please!)