The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

A brand new anthology of twenty-nine brief tales gains an array of baffling locked-room mysteries by way of Michael Collins, invoice Pronzini, Susanna Gregory, H. R. F. Keating, Peter Lovesey, Kate Ellis, and Lawrence Block, between others. unique.

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