47. Locked Room

A body is found in a sealed chamber, definitely murdered, but there is no way the culprit can have got in or out. How was it done?

Special thanks to my guest Jim Noy. He writes about detective fiction at theinvisibleevent.com, makes a podcast called In GAD We Trust, and once compiled a useful list of his 15 favourite impossible crime novels.

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Books and sources:
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe (actually published in 1841, not 1843 as I wrongly say in the episode)
A Master of Mysteries by L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace
The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill
The Great Thinking Machine: “The Problem of Cell 13” and Other Stories by Jacques Futrelle
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
“The Invisible Man” by G.K. Chesterton
“The Round Room Horror” by A. Demain Grange, available in Ye Olde Book of Locked Room Conundrums edited by Jim Noy
Hag’s Nook by John Dickson Carr
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson
The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr
The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
Tour de Force by Christianna Brand
Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand
The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Crooked Wreath / Suddenly at His Residence by Christianna Brand
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
The House That Kills by Noel Vindry
La Treizieme balle by Marcel Lanteaume
Six crimes sans assassin by Pierre Boileau
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
Invisible Green by John Sladek
Black Aura by John Sladek
The Case of the Little Green Men by Mack Reynolds
Puzzles Of The Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov
Asimov’s Mysteries by Isaac Asimov
The Real Town Murders by Adam Roberts
Goodnight Irene by James Scott Byrnside
The Opening Night Murders by James Scott Byrnside

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