What better way to spend yet another quarantine with four vintage locked room mysteries. Spiritualists, seances, mayhem, murder, mystery and martinis. There is a link in the bio to make purchasing that much more convenient.
The Shadow World
Hannibal Hamlin Garland was an American novelist, poet, essayist, short story writer, Georgist, and psychical researcher. A prolific writer, Garland continued to publish novels, short fiction, and essays well into his 80s.In 1917, he published his autobiography, A Son of the Middle Border. The book’s success prompted a sequel, A Daughter of the Middle Border, for which Garland won the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Garland naturally became quite well known during his lifetime and had many friends in literary circles. He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918."The Shadow World" was first published in 1908 by Hamlin Garland, who was known for his fiction works involving farmers and the hardships of agrarian life, such as "Main-Traveled Roads" (1891), and who in 1929 moved to California from Massachusetts to pursue devotedly a paranormal phenomena, an area of study that he first took interest in 1891.
Mr. Garland had had pointed out, in his Foreword, that "The Shadow World" is a "faithful record" of several psychic phenomena that he observed up to seventeen years before this book's publication. This is pretty much the synopsis for the entire book, but it was done with a novelist's style. The author shared his experiences, in a first-person perspective, during his numerous séances with both "professional" and "amateur" mediums as well as all the noted physical phenomena, such as furniture and other objects movements, etc. It sure is an interesting reading of its timeAfter moving to Hollywood, California, in 1929, he devoted his remaining years to investigating psychic phenomena, an enthusiasm he first undertook in 1891. In his final book, The Mystery of the Buried Crosses (1939), he tried to defend such phenomena and prove the legitimacy of psychic mediums.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
The Mystery of the Yellow Room is a mystery novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Considered one of the first locked-room mystery novels, it was first published serially in France in the periodical L'Illustration from September 1907 to November 1907, then in its own right in 1908.
It is the first novel starring fictional reporter Joseph Rouletabille and concerns a complex, and seemingly impossible, crime in which the criminal appears to disappear from a locked room. Leroux provides the reader with detailed, precise diagrams and floor plans illustrating the crime scene. The emphasis of the story is firmly on the intellectual challenge to the reader, who will almost certainly be hard.
The Red House Mystery
A very scarce detective fiction by A.A. Milne, more famous of course as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. It is one of three such works by Milne, being followed by the murder mystery The Fourth Wall (1928) and the detective drama The Perfect Alibi (1928). The book is a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, and drew considerable favourable comment by specialist bibliographer & collector Eric Quayle'And an excellent story it is Anthony Gillingham light-heartedly unravels the mystery, standing at the head of a long, and soon extending queue of humorous sleuths who gave a new and refreshing slant to the business of fictional crime. 'What fun Here's a body ' sums up the style; yet this fantasy, with its brilliant dialogue, finely-drawn scenes from the night-life of the 'twenties and credible characters, hold the reader until the final page is turned.' (The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction, pp.107-108).
The Secret of Lonesome Cove
A corpse emerges on a New England beach, handcuffed to a raft. The whole town seems to want to cover up everything and bury the body as quickly as possible without even bothering to identify it. Our hero, Chester Kent, is determined to investigate the matter...Nothing is as it seems in this completely engrossing mystery yarn that plays out like walking inside a labyrinth! The listener comes up against constant dead-ends during the tale's unfolding, right up to the surprising and satisfying resolution.
Samuel Hopkins Adams was an American writer, best known for his investigative journalism and muckraking exposing public-health injustices. He was a close friend of both the investigative reporter Ray Stannard Baker and District Attorney Benjamin Darrow
Adams was a prolific writer, “Night Bus” (1933), one of his many magazine stories, became the basis for the 1934 film It Happened One Night. He also published a biography of Alexander Woollcott (1945) In the 1920s and 1930s, Adams, under the pseudonym of Warner Fabian, wrote several novels that at the time were considered highly risqué. These titillating works, which mainly featured young women flappers and their trials and tribulations of early adulthood, often became best-sellers avidly read by Jazz Age youth.