Five-minute Mysteries 4: A Further 36 Cases of Murder and Mayhem for You to Solve
Five-minute Mysteries 4: A Further 36 Cases of Murder and Mayhem for You to Solve

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Ken Weber
Series Name: Five Minute Mysteries
Audience: Trade
Specs: with solutions
Pages: 204
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 5/8"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20041002
Copyright Year: 2004
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Five-minute Mysteries 4: A Further 36 Cases of Murder and Mayhem for You to Solve

Short mysteries, rated easy, moderate and challenging, test the reader's skills and powers of deduction. Each story provides the clues needed to solve the puzzle, but the answers are available at the end

Got a few minutes to kill? Test your powers of deduction with 36 of the best quick-read whodunits in the fourth installment of the popular Five-minute Mysteries series.

Here's the idea: take about five minutes and read a mystery. The stories -- some about the crime, some about evidence left behind, or perhaps the getaway or the investigating detective, and so on -- are told with all the clues you need to solve the question posed at the end.

A sampling of the mysteries to solve: How the Peeping Tom coroner helped solve the mystery of the dead hermit. The dead mobster who cast a suspicious shadow. The fuzzy witness and the case of the dead cattle herd. The bagpipe-playing truck driver's insurance scam. Plus 32 more fascinating mysteries to solve.

The cases presented are rated from easy to moderate to challenging. Some of the mysteries will unravel faster than a dime store sweater while others will remain "on the books" for a long time. Or at least until you go to the back of the book where the solution to each mystery is revealed.

Five-minute Mysteries 4 is a treat for puzzle and mystery fans and a rare opportunity to step into the shoes of law enforcement and outsmart the criminals.


Ken Weber is Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto and the best-selling author of more than 40 educational and general interest books, including the popular Five-minute Mysteries series.



From: the author

Mystery buffs know there are only two kinds of people in the world: those that love mysteries and, well, that other kind. A tiny majority, the latter are, and that's a good thing because they are missing something unique. For only in mysteries can a reader get a charge out of winning or losing.

It works like this. Nothing gives mystery buffs more satisfaction than getting ahead in a story and beating the writer to the punch. They get a special charge out of combining logic, analysis, intuition and insight so that before they turn the last page, they already have the problem solved. Yet -- and this is what sets mystery lovers apart -- nothing thrills them more than when the mystery defeats them, when they turn the last page and find a surprise waiting, something they'd missed.

In this, the fourth installment of the series, mystery lovers get no less than thirty-six shots at the fun of winning or losing, in a set of wildly different stories. Every mystery in the book is set up for the reader to solve. At the end of each mystery there is a question: Who did...? or What did...? or It seems the thief made a mistake. How could...? Like that.

There's great variety. The settings range from city to country, from soccer field to fourteenth century church, and from a U.N. meeting room to a hardware store to a sinking ship in Halifax harbor. You'll encounter veteran detectives, medical examiners, special agents, a drug enforcement officer and crime-scene investigators.

There's also variety in the level of challenge. As turn the pages of Five-minute Mysteries 4, you'll notice one, two or three symbols -- a fingerprint -- at the beginning of each story. The number of fingerprints suggests how easy or difficult the mystery is, one being easy, two being a little harder, and three, difficult. (Or, perhaps more accurately, how easy or difficult each one seems to me.) But don't let the ratings stop you from enjoying all the mysteries! One that I rate "difficult" might be an open-and-shut case for you, while you might be utterly stumped by one I've rated "easy." Try them all.

Finally, all the solutions are at the back of the book, so you can prove you're a winner or, once in a while, get a kick out of losing. Either way, enjoy.



    Unsolved Cases

  1. A Decision at Rattlesnake Point
  2. Something Suspicious in the Harbor
  3. In Search of Answers
  4. A Single Shot in the Chest
  5. The Case of the Stolen Stamp Collection
  6. Not Your Average Hardware Store
  7. Murder at 249 Hanover Street
  8. Head-on in the Middle of the Road
  9. A 911 Call from Whitby Towers
  10. The Case of the Kramer Collection
  11. Waiting Out the Rain
  12. A Routine Check in the Parking Lot
  13. An Answer for Kirby's Important New Client
  14. Two Shots Were Fired
  15. Northern Farms Ltd. Versus Dominion Spraying Company
  16. An Unlikely Place to Die
  17. To Catch a Mannerly Thief
  18. Tracing the Couriers from Departure to Arrival
  19. Not All Lottery Winners Are Lucky
  20. Spy Versus Spy
  21. The Search for Olie Jorgensson
  22. Murder at the David Winkler House
  23. Incident on the Picket Fence
  24. Footprints on the Trail
  25. A Very Brief Non-Interview
  26. Murder at 12 Carnavon
  27. The Case of Queen Isabella's Gift
  28. Quite Possibly, the Annual Meeting of the Ambiguity Society
  29. The Case of the Missing Body
  30. The Case of Marigold Trophy
  31. The Coffee Break That Wasn't
  32. Who Shot the Clerk at Honest Orville's?
  33. Speed Checked by Radar
  34. Where to Send "This Stuff Here"
  35. A Witness in the Park
  36. An Urgent Security Matter at the U.N.
  37. Solutions

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