The Muniment Room


"It's hard to believe now that I ever thought a locked room could be a place of safety, what with the snakes, the daggers made of ice, the invisible ethers, or unseen electrical currents. A sealed room with four walls, a ceiling and a floor could be the place you meet your end..."
- Miles Jupp

Welcome to the archived section of this place known for unascertainable reasons as "The Muniment Room," where dust bunnies play hide-and-seek and occasionally may help a lost visitor find a review that are stored here alphabetically. There's an archive on the main site, but due to my annoying habit to use cutesy/clever post titles it's all but impossible to find anything, if you happen to be searching for a specific writer or book. This stuffy page is for our convenience and I hope you'll find it useful.

BOOK REVIEWS:

AAFJES, BERTUS
De vertrapte pioenroos (The Trampled Peony, 1973)
Een lampion voor een blinde (A Lantern for the Blind, 1973)

ABBOT, ANTHONY

ADAMS, HERBERT

ALEXANDER, DAVID

AMES, DELANO

ANDREWS, DALE C.
"Literally Dead" (2013; short story)

ARMSTRONG, CHARLOTTE
The Case of the Weird Sisters (1943)
The Dream Walker (1955)

ARTHUR, ROBERT
Mystery and More Mystery (1966)

ASIMOV, ISAAC
Murder at the ABA (1976)
Banquets of the Black Widowers (1984)
  
BAANTJER, A.C.
DeKok en een dodelijke dreiging (DeKok and a Deadly Threat, 1988)
DeKok en het lijk op drift (DeKok and the Corpse Adrift, 1998)

BAILEY, H.C.
The Bishop's Crime (1940)

BALLINGER, BILL S.
The Body Beautiful (1949)
 
BARKER, ELSA
The Cobra Candlestick (1928) 

BECK, K.K.
Death in a Deck Chair (1984)

BELLAIRS, GEORGE
The Cursing Stones Murder (1954)

BERGMAN, P.J.
The Locked Room (proof-read of the first three stories)

BERKELEY, ANTHONY
Roger Sheringham and the Vane Mystery (1927)

BLOW, LYNTON
The "Moth" Murder (1931)

BOOKS, M.P.O.
De laatste kans (The Last Chance, 2011)
De dood van Callista de Vries (The Death of Callista de Vries, 2012)
Dodelijke hobby (Deadly Hobby, 2012)
Een afgesloten huis (A Sealed House, 2013) 

BOUCHER, ANTHONY
The Case of the Crumpled Knave (1939)

BOWEN, JOSEPH

BRAHMS, CARYL & SIMONS, J.S.

BRANCH, PAMELA

BRAND, CHRISTIANNA
Death of Jezebel (1948) 

BREAN, HERBERT
The Traces of Merrilee (1966)

BROWN, FREDRIC
The Dead Ringer (1948)
BURTON, MILES
Death Leaves No Card (1940)

CAMERON, LOU 
Behind the Scarlet Door (1971) 

CAMP, WADSWORTH
The Abandoned Room (1917)

CARGILL, DAVID
Gauntlet of Fear (2012)

CARMACK, JESSE
The Tell-Tale Clock Mystery (1937)

CARR, JOHN DICKSON
The Dead Sleep Lightly (1983) 

CARR, JOSEPH BAKER
The Man With Bated Breath (1934)

CHRISTIE, AGATHA
Death on the Nile (1937)

CLARKE, LAURENCE
"Flashlights" (1918; short story)

CLASON, CLYDE B.
Blind Drifts (1937)
The Purple Parrot (1937)

COLLINS, MAX ALLAN
The Titanic Murders (1999)
The Pearl Harbor Murders (2001)

CORES, LUCY
Painted for the Kill (1943)

CORNIER, VINCENT
The Duel of Shadows: The Extraordinary Cases of Barnabas Hildreth (2011)

CORSARI, WILLY
De onbekende medespeler (The Unknown Co-Player, 1931)
Voetstappen op de trap (Footsteps on the Stairs, 1937)

COURTIER, S.H.

COXE, GEORGE HARMON
The Camera Clue (1937)
Murder for Two (1943)

CRANE, FRANCES

CUNNINGHAM, A.B.

DAVIS, NORBERT
The Mouse in the Mountain (1943)
Oh, Murderer Mine (1943)

DeANDREA, WILLIAM
Murder – All Kinds (2003)

DETECTION CLUB, THE
Ask a Policeman (1933)

DICKINSON, PETER
The Poison Oracle (1974)

DICKSON, CARTER
DISNEY, DOROTHY CAMERON

DIX, MAURICE B. 
Murder at Grassmere Abbey (1934)

DIX, TJALLING
Een kogel voor Oedipus (A Bullet for Oedipus, 1954)
Moord op het eindexamen (Murder During the Final Exams, 1957)

DOCTER, COR
Droeve poedel in Delfshaven (Melancholic Poodle in Delfshaven, 1970)
Koude vrouw in Kralingen (Cold Woman in Kralingen, 1970)
Rein geheim op rijksweg 13 (Pure Secrecy on Highway 13, 1971)

DOHERTY, PAUL
The Devil's Hunt (1996)
The Mask of Ra (1998) - co-reviewed with Patrick
The Demon Archer (1999)
The Horus Killings (1999)
The Anubis Slayings (2000) 
The Slayers of Seth (2001) 
Corpse Candle (2001)
The Plague Lord (2002)
The Assassins of Isis (2004)
The Queen of the Night (2006) 
DOWNING, TODD
The Cat Screams (1934) 
Vultures in the Sky (1935)

DUNCAN, DAVID
The Shade of Time (1946)

ECKMAR, F.R.
Een linkerbeen gezocht (Wanted: A Left Leg, 1935)

EKSTRÖM, JAN
Ättestupan (Deadly Reunion, 1975) 

ENDRÉBE, MAURICE
Elvire a la tour monte (Elvire Climbs the Tower, 1956)

EYSSELSTEIJN, BEN VAN
Romance in F-Dur (19??) 

FAIRLEIGH, RUNA
An Old-Fashioned Mystery (1983)

FARJEON, J. JEFFERSON
Holiday Express (1935) 

FERRARS, ELIZABETH
Murder Among Friends (1946)

FORREST, RICHARD
The Death at Yew Corner (1981)

FREEMAN, R AUSTIN 
The Stoneware Monkey (1939)

FROST, KELMAN
Death Registers at the Eagle Arms (1947)

GALLICO, PAUL
Too Many Ghosts (1961) 

GARDNER, ERLE STANLEY
The Case of the Baited Hook  (1940)
The Case of the Empty Tin (1941)
The Case of the Drowning Duck (1942)
The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (1943)
The Case of the Lonely Heiress (1948)

GILBERT, ANTHONY
The Scarlet Button (1944)
Die in the Dark (1947) 
Death Knocks Three Times (1949) 

GORES, JOE
Dead Skip (1972)


GOULD, RUPERT T. 
Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts (1929)

HALTER, PAUL
La quatrième porte (The Fourth Door, 1987)
Le brouillard rouge (The Crimson Fog, 1988) 
La tête du tigre (The Tiger's Head, 1991)
La septième hypothèse (The Seventh Hypothesis, 1991)
Le diable de Dartmoor (The Demon of Dartmoor, 1993)
Les sept merveilles du crime (The Seven Wonders of Crime, 1997) 

HARDING, PAUL (see Paul Doherty)
The Nightingale Gallery (1991)

HARE, CYRIL
Tenant for Death (1937)

HEAD, MATTHEW
The Devil in the Bush (1945)
Murder at the Flea Club (1955) 

HEIJERMANS, HERMAN
De moord in de trein (The Murder on the Train, 1925)

HIGASHINO, KEIGO
Akui (Malice, 1996)
Yogisha X no kenshin (The Devotion of Suspect X, 2005)

HUGGINS, ROY
77 Sunset Strip (1959)

HUNT, PETER

HUNSBURGEN, H. EDWARD
Death Signs (1987)

HUXLEY, ELSPETH

IAMS, JACK
Death Draws the Line (1949)

IVANS
De bosgeest (The Forest Spirit, 1926)

JACOBS, T.C.H.
Appointment with the Hangman (1935) 

JENKINS, CECIL
JOEKES, THEO
Klavertje moord (Four-Leaf Murder, 1987)

KANTOR, MacKINLAY
KEATING, H.R.F. 
Zen There Was Murder (1960)
Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker (1969)

KENDRICK, BAYNARD
The Last Express (1937) 
Hot Red Money (1959)

KING, RUFUS
The Case of the Constant God (1938)

KOCH, EDWARD I.
Murder at City Hall (1995; with Herb Resnicow)

KUMMER,  FREDERIC ARNOLD
The Green God (1911)

LATHEN, EMMA
Ashes to Ashes (1971)

LEE, GYPSY ROSE
Mother Finds a Body (1942) 

LEMARCHAND, ELIZABETH
Suddenly While Gardening (1978)

LEVERAGE, INTL
The Con Job (2012; Matt Forbeck)
The Zoo Job (2013; Keith R.A. DeCandido)

LEVINREW, WILL
Death Points a Finger (1933)
 
LEWIS, LANGE
Meat for Murder (1942)

LIPSKY, ELEAZAR
Murder One (1948) 

LIVINGSTON, ARMSTRONG
The Monk of Hambleton (1928)

LOCKE, G.E.
The Red Cavalier (1922)
The Scarlet Macaw (1923)

LOCKRIDGE, FRANCES & RICHARD
Dead As a Dinosaur (1952)
Voyage into Violence (1956)

LORAC, E.C.R. 
Rope's End, Rogue's End (1942)
Fire in the Thatch (1946)

LUPOFF, RICHARD A.
The Comic Book Killer (1989) 

MAARTENS, MAARTEN
The Black-Box Murder (1898; guest review by M.P.O. Books)

MARKHAM, VIRGIL
Death in the Dusk (1928)

MASON, A.E.W. 
At the Villa Rose (1910)

MASTERMAN, J.C.
The Case of the Four Friends (1957)

MATSUMOTO, SEICHI
De Amsterdamse koffermoord (The Amsterdam Suitcase Murder, 1979)

MAVITY, NANCY BARR
The Case of the Missing Sandals (1930)

McBAIN, ED
Death of a Nurse (1955)
Killer's Wedge (1959)
Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (1960)
Tricks (1987)

McCLOY, HELEN
Mr. Splitfoot (1968) 

McCRUMB, SHARYN 
Bimbos of the Death Sun (1987)
Missing Susan (1991)
Zombies of the Gene Pool (1992)

McDOUGALD, ROMAN

McGIBNEY, DONALD
32 Caliber (1920)

MÉROY, MARTIN
Du plomb pour la famille (Lead for the Family, 1959)
Meartre en chambre noir (Murder in a Darkened Room, 1965)

MITCHELL, GLADYS
Dead Men's Morris (1936)

MULLER, MARCIA
Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977)
The Tree of Death (1983)

MULLER, MARCIA & PRONZINI, BILL
Beyond the Grave (1986)
The Bughouse Affair (2013)
The Spook Lights Affair (2013)

MULTON, EDWARD
De onzichtbare doder (The Invisible Slayer, 1963)
 
MURPHY, WARREN B.
Leonardo's Law (1978)

MURRAY, MAX
The Voice of the Corpse (1948)
The Sunshine Corpse (1954)

NEUMAN, FREDRIC
Come One, Come All (2011)

NICHOLS, BEVERLEY
The Moonflower (1955)

NISHIMARU, KYOTARO
Misuteri ressha ga kieta (The Mystery Train Disappears, 1982)

OFFORD, LENORE GLEN
My True Love Lies (1947)

ORENDUFF, MICHAEL J.
The Pot Thief Who Studied D.H. Lawrence (2012)

PELL, FRANKLYN
Hangman's Hill (1946)

PENNY, LOUISE
Dead Cold (2007)

PLEASANTS, W. SHEPARD
The Stingaree Murders (1932) 

POPKIN, ZELDA
Murder in the Mist (1940)
Dead Man's Gift (1941)

PORGES, ARTHUR
The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey (2009)

POSTGATE, RAYMOND
PRONZINI, BILL
Twospot (1978; with Collin Wilcox)
Hoodwink (1981)
Scattershot (1982)
Dragonfire (1982)
Casefile (1983)
Double (1984; with Marcia Muller)
Bones (1985)
Nightcrawlers (2005)
Savages (2006) - co-reviewed with Patrick

PURTILL, RICHARD
Murdercon (1982)


QUENTIN, PATRICK
Black Widow (1952)
Suspicious Circumstances (1957)

RAMPO, EDOGAWA
Kaijin nijuu mensou (The Fiend with Twenty Faces,1936)

REES, ARTHUR J.
The Moon Rock (1922) 

REILLY, HELEN

RHODE, JOHN
The Murders in Praed Street (1928)

RICE, CRAIG

RINEHART, MARY ROBERTS

RIPLEY, H.A.
How Good a Detective Are You? (1934)
ROOS, KELLEY

ROSCOE, THEODORE

ROWE, ANNE

SANDERS, DAPHE (see Craig Rice)
To Catch a Thief (1943)

SANDERS, GEORGE
Crime on My Hands (1944; ghosted by Craig Rice and Cleve Cartmill)

SAUNDERS, HILARY ST. GEORGE

SCHIER, NORMA
The Anagram Detectives (1979)

SHIMADA, SOJI
"The Locked House of Pythagoras" (19??; short story)

SICKENS, TED O.
De man die 'n paar maal vermoord was (The Man Who Had Been Murdered a Few Times, 1942)

SIMENON, GEORGES
Mon ami Maigret (My Friend Maigret, 1949)

SKVORECKY, JOSEF
Hrichy pro patera Knoxe (Sins for Father Knox,1973)

SLADEK, JOHN
"The Locked Room" (1973; a short story).

SMITH, DEREK
Whistle Up the Devil (1954)

STEEVES, HARRISON. R.
STOUT, REX
And Four to Go (1958)
Gambit (1962)

STRAHAN, KAY CLEAVER
Footprints (1929)
Death Traps (1930)

STURROCK, JEREMY
A Wicked Way to Die (1973)

TAYLOR, PHOEBE ATWOOD
Octagon House (1937)

TAYLOR, WALKER

TEILHET, DARWIN L.
The Feather Cloak Murders (1936) 

TÖRÖK, JEAN-PAUL
L'enigme du Monte Verita (The Riddle of Monte Verita, 2007)

UPFIELD, ARTHUR
The Bone is Pointed (1938)
Cake in the Hat Box (1954)

VANDERCOOK, JOHN
Murder in Fiji (1936)

VERVOORT, TON
Moord onder studenten (Murder Among Students, 1962) 

WAAL, SIMON DE & A.C. BAANTJER
Een schot in de roos (Hitting the Bulls-Eye, 2011)
Een rat in de val (Caught Like a Rat in a Trap, 2011; co-reviewed with Bulls-Eye)
Een mes in de rug (A Knife in the Back, 2012)
Een licht in de duisternis (A Light in the Darkness, 2012)
Een wolf in schaapskleren (A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, 2013) 
Een tip van de sluier (A Tip of the Veil, 2013) 
Een tien met een griffel (Number One With a Bullet, 2014; co-reviewed with Veil)

WELLMAN, MANLY
Find My Killer (1947)

WENTWORTH, PATRICIA
The Benevent Treasure (1956) 

WHITE, T.H.
Darkness at Pemberley (1932)

WYNNE, ANTHONY
The Red Scar (1928)
The Green Knife (1932) 

ANTHOLOGIES:

Space, Time and Crime (1964)

AUTHORS:

Bill Pronzini: That 70s Crime Writer (Marking Pronzini's 70th birthday)
An Amsterdam Policeman: Remembering Appie Baantjer (Tribute to Baantjer) 
Herbert Resnicow: Building a Career On Crime (a look at a modern locked room specialist) 
Sympathy for the Devil (Playing Devil's Advocate for Isaac Asimov) 

BEST-OF LISTS:

The Best of 2011: A Year in Review (looking back at the year that was 2011)
From the Crime-Does-Pay Files (Best blog of 2012)
Murder in Retrospect: The Best Reads of 2012 (looking back at the year that was 2012)
Murder in Retrospect: The Best Mysteries Read in 2013 (a look back at 2013)
Murder in Retrospect: The Worst Mysteries Read in 2013  (another look back)
My 100 Favorite Mysteries
My Favorite Locked Room Mysteries I: The Novels (like the title says) 
My Favorite Locked Room Mysteries II: Short Stories and Novellas (like the title says)
The Reader is Warned: A List of My Least Favorite Locked Room Mysteries (see title) 
 
COMICS/MANGA:

AOYAMA, GOSHO
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 41 
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 42
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 44
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 45
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 46
Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan), vol. 47

KANARI, YOZABURO
The Magical Express (1996)

SHIGA, JASON
Bookhunter (2007)

TANIGAWA, NAGARU
Amnesia Labyrinth, vol. 1

 
MOVIE/TELEVISION: 

Blacke's Magic: Vigil of the Shepherds (a review of Ten Tons of Trouble)
Bloody Murder (a review of the movie, Theatre of Blood
Colonel March of Scotland Yard: Miraculous Shades of Black and White (reviewing several episodes) 
Columbo: Miracles for Sale (a review of Columbo Goes to the Guillotine)
Columbo: Final Questions (a review of Columbo Likes the Nightlife)
The Con is On! (a short overview of the TV series, Hustle)
Jonathan Creek: The Man Who Leaped Through Time (review of Time Waits for Norman)
Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant's Thumb (review) 
Jonathan Creek: The Letters of Septimus Noone (review)
Jonathan Creek: The Sinner and the Sandman (review)
Jonathan Creek: The Curse of the Bronze Lamp (review)
Jonathan Creek: Lifting a Tip of the Veil (fifth season update and best-of list) 
Leverage: First Impressions (a short overview/review of the first episodes of Leverage
Leverage: Let's Go Steal a Show! (an overview of the third season)
Leverage: Five Little Grifters (an overview of the fourth season)
Leverage: The Long Con Before Saying Goodbye (an overview of the fifth season) 
A Night at the Monastery (a review of Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders)

MISCELLANEOUS: 

The Babel-Fish Puzzle (when things really are impossible...)
A Character Assessment of Characterization (like the title says...) 
Clipped Wings (adressing the current state of the genre)
Detective Stories - Both Foreign and Domestic (a failed idea)
"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you" 
Dutch Detectives: An Observation 
From the Crime-Does-Pay Files (Best blog of 2012)
Geniuses at Work (snapshot of the Mystery Writers of America)
Hooray for Homicide: One Year Anniversary (Detection by Moonlight is one year old) 
The Melody of Logic Must Be Played Truthfully (a short overview of the manga Spiral)
The Naughty List: A Selection of Lesser-Known Holiday Mysteries (like the title says)
Oh, Sweet Child O' Mine (review of a curiosity) 
The One-Man Book-Club (short reviews) 
The Problem of the Ivory Tower (a rant)
A Query for Mystery Buffs: Come Into Our Parlor (a fun inquary)
The Sealed Room: A Literal Stronghold (on the longevity of the locked room)
The Skeletons in My Clock (a short piece on Carr's my obsession with time)
The Spoils of Conquest (showing off some new acquisitions)
Time Served: Two Years in the Blogosphere (second anniversary)  
What Mysteries Lie Under the Rising Sun? (a guest blog by Ho-Ling on Japanese detective stories) 
Why Nero Wolfe Never Ages (poking fun at Nero Wolfe) 
Yet Another Locked Room Lecture (like the title says)
The Zombie Factory (an angry rant)

SHORT STORIES (Misc.):

Cherchez la femme (review of two short locked room mysteries by Alexandre Dumas and Bill Pronzini)
Learning from the Best: C. Auguste Dupin & Sherlock Holmes ("Murders in the Rue Morgue" & "Black Peter")
Pellets from a Buckshot (review of several short stories)
A Penny for Your Thoughts (review of short stories by Timothy Zahn and P.G. Wodehouse)   
Scattershot: Hoch, Line and Sinker (review of several short stories) 
Sealed Rooms and Ghoulish Laughter: Tributes to John Dickson Carr (like the title says)
A Smattering of Crime (reviews of a number of short stories)
Tied Together: Two Impossible Crime Stories (review of a pair of locked room shorts)
 
TRUE CRIME:

Just About as Strange as Fiction: Day to Day Miracles (a run-down of six-real impossible mysteries)
A Kind of Magic: More Impossibilities Outside of Fiction (locked rooms and impossible crimes)
Out of the Tidy, Clipped Maze of Fiction (examples of real-life locked room mysteries)
A Strain on Reality: More Examples of Everyday Impossible Problems (more locked room stuff)
True Crime: A Journey Back in Time (an overview of the unsolved murder of Mr. Wijsman)
When Oddities of Fiction Encroach on Fiction (More examples of real-life locked room mysteries)