It's been a busy few months here at TheLockedRoom.com, with a plethora of free stories, articles and reviews. Below I have listed links to the most popular posts, and categorised them for easy browsing.
The Locked Room
I posted the initial three chapters of my upcoming novel "The Locked Room". Chapter 1 - Private Eye introduces the reader to Kenneth Rhys as he investigates the mysterious ambush of a U.S. Marine. Chapter 2 - Diagnosis Cancer follows Rhys as he finds himself at the centre of an impossible escape attempt. In Chapter 3 - Window of Opportunity suspicion is raised on an apparent murder-suicide, but the prime suspect was nowhere near either victim.
You may also have noticed the rebranding of the site to match the temporary cover design. Many thanks to all of those who took the time to offer feedback on both the book and its cover.
Free Mystery Stories
I've posted a huge variety of locked room and impossible crime short stories that are available online for free. Particular highlights include Jacques Futrelle's The Problem of Cell 13, Holiday Puzzle: A Locked Room Mystery by Mosomoso, The Adventure of the Sealed Room by Andy Weir, and The Man Who Read John Dickson Carr by William Brittain. Each story is accompanied by a brief synopsis and review, and a full list of available stories can be found here.
I've also come across a few full novels that are available to read for free, including the impossible crime classic The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, and The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Leblanc.
Unfortunately not everything can come for free, but I have been posting reviews of various locked room mysteries to give you a sense of paid media before investing.
Book reviews include Hal White's The Mysteries of Reverend Dean, and Wash Her Guilt Away by Michael Wallace. Impossible crimes also often feature in TV and movies, so I have reviewed the first season of BBC's Death In Paradise, the 2006 film Inside Man, and 2013's magician heist movie Now You See Me. For those who prefer live action, a review of the recent theatre production of Agatha Christie's Black coffee can be found here.
There have been a few posts that don't fit into the above categories, including a description of what a locked room mystery is, a discussion on setting the tone of impossible crime stories, and a feature on John Dickson Carr's Locked Room Lecture.
I've also found a few examples of impossible crime tales that mirror real life events, including the mysterious death of Henry Westmacott in Vincent Cornier's The Dual of Shadows, and the locked room mystery at the heart of Sherlock Season 3 Episode 2. They say truth is stranger than fiction, so look forward to more of these types of posts in the near future.
I think that's about it. Plenty of content for impossible crime fans, and hopefully an enjoyable resource for readers and writers alike. I'm extremely thankful to the community for their interactions, particularly on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Feel free to follow me on your social site of choice to keep updated with TheLockedRoom.com posts. You can also enter your email here to be informed when The Locked Room (book) is available in full.
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