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Arthur Porges: Locked Room Short Stories


arthur porgesArthur Porges (1915  – 2006) was an American author of hundreds of short stories, most notably during the 1950s and 1960s, though he continued to write and publish stories until his death. Like Edward D. Hoch, and several others, he is an important mystery author, especially in the locked room genre, even though he is not known for writing mystery novels. Mike Grost states that Arthur Porges is actually the third most productive writer of impossible crime stories, with at least 45 to his credit, putting him behind only Carr and Hoch in this field. Porges was born in Chicago, Illinois. After completing his B.A. and masters degrees in mathematics, he was drafted into the army for World War II and served as an instructor in California. After the war, he taught mathematics at college before retiring to write.

As an author, Arthur Porges was most prolific during the mid-twentieth century, publishing frequently in mystery and sci-fi magazines. In total, Porges wrote around 150 mystery titles, and numerous sci-fi and other bizarre tales. He also wrote many essays and non-fiction articles. Many of Porges’s fictional heroes do not survive in these stories. This element adds tension –  for example, in his first published story, “The Rats” (1950), mutated rats eventually overcome a lone survivor in a post-holocaust world. The publication of this story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction began the working relationship between Porges and his editor, the famous mystery and sic-fi author, Anthony Boucher.

Boucher helped Porges get his work published, and during the 1950s influenced his writing style a great deal. Among Porges’s short stories of this period was “The Ruum” (1953). Perhaps his best-known story, “The Ruum” deals with a human who is chased by an indestructible alien machine designed to capture specimens and keep them in suspended animation. Stories of the 1960s include “The Arrogant Vampire” (1961), “One Bad Habit” (1961), and “The Fanatic” (1964). His brother, Irwin, collaborated with him on one story, “A Touch of Sun” (1959). Porges also wrote at times under pseudonyms such as Peter Arthur, Pat Rogers, Maxwell Trent, Abel Jacobi, and Derek Page. He wrote in several genres, with his science fiction/fantasy and mystery stories being most celebrated.

Edited from Wikipedia: Arthur Porges

The Arthur Porges Fan Page:  (http://arthurporges.atwebpages.com )  

“Of his numerous mystery stories — few of which have been collected in book form — a good number feature series characters, such as the sleuths Ulysses Price Middlebie, Dr. Joel Hoffman and the wheelchair-bound criminologist Cyriack Skinner Grey. A complete collection of the detective stories featuring Grey was published in 2009 in the book ‘The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey’. Porges would often work his knowledge of scientific facts into the plots of his crime stories. He utilised this skill in creating countless “locked room” mysteries. Some of the best of these are “No Killer Has Wings,” “Coffee Break,” “A Talent to Burn” and “The Scientist and the Two Thieves,” to name just a few. Porges also wrote a number of Sherlock Holmes parodies, all of which have been collected in the volume ‘The Adventures of Stately Homes and Sherman Horn’, also published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2008.”


Three Notes on reading Arthur Porges:

Note #1: The Porges website has been announcing the future publication of a collection of the Dr. Joel Hoffman stories, ‘No Killer Has Wings: The Casebook of Dr. Joel Hoffman’, for quite a long time. I have delayed this page, hoping that this volume would be published. Unfortunately, I have recently been advised by Richard Simms that this project is currently “on the back burner”.

Note #2: Several of Porges stories are collected in French translations, most by Danièle Grivel, in the multi-volume ‘La Grande Anthologie des Chambres Closes et Du Crime Impossible’ edited by Roland Lacourbe, the French Locked Room bibliographer. Included:
“Un suspect trop évident”, de Arthur Porges (“A Puzzle on Sand”, 1961) 
“La Mort silencieuse”, de Arthur Porges (“The Silent Death”, 1968) 
“Le Language des fleurs”, de Arthur Porges (“Those Daisies Told”, 1968)  
“Mystère et boule de gomme”, de Arthur Porges (“A Sticky Case”, 1967)
“Meurtre au sommet”, de Arthur Porges (“First Degree Murder”, 1962 )
“Le Syndrôme fantastique”, de Arthur Porges (“The Unnatural Cause”, 1960) “Meurtre en vidéo”, de Arthur Porges (“Murder on Video Tape”, 1966)

Note #3: I fear that this is far from a complete list of Arthur Porges Locked Room Stories. With the vast majority of Porges’ stories still uncollected, it is quite simply impossible to read them all. If you are aware of locked room titles we have missed, please send us a comment or contact us via email!


Porges Links:

Porges’ Sherlock parodies ‘The Adventures of Stately Homes & Sherman Horn’ is sold only at:

The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box

For more information on Porges:

The Arthur Porges Fan Club

Arthur Porges Mystery Fiction


Arthur Porges: Locked Room Stories


Cyriack Skinner Grey Series

Dr. Cyriack Skinner Grey is a wheelchair bound criminologist, that rivals Jacque Futrelle’s Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, The Thinking Machine. Grey is a paralyzed research scientist with a wheelchair loaded with gadgets, who helps out one of his favourite former students, Lt. Trask, with impossible cases. Grey’s 14-year-old son Edgar, is a child prodigy with an IQ of 180, who supplies the necessary  legs. The 2009 collection, ‘The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey’, is supposed to be a complete collection of these stories. (16)


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Bagful of Water (1965)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
***

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Nov 1965

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Note: No real impossible mystery!

A man is killed by a bag of water dropped from a high rise building. The method of proving the murder is clever, but no real impossibility. Not listed by Robert Adey in Locked Room Murders.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Wife Killer (1966)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jan 1966

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Note: A shocking experience!

A man, who is already suspected of murdering his previous wives, electrocutes his latest spouse inside a locked bathroom, with no electric appliances, while he was miles away at the time! 


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Vanished Weapon (1966)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
***

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Mar 1966

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Note: What gun?

A delinquent teenager kills a cop and then impossibly makes the gun disappear. 


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Obscene Crime (1966)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
***

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sep 1966

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Note: Not quite impossible!

Grey discovers a clever method to trace an apparently untraceable pervert who is terrorizing a young woman with lewd phone calls. Not really an impossible crime or locked room story, and not included in Robert Adey’s Locked Room Murders.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Multiple Murderer (1967)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
*****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Feb 1967

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Note: An unusual board meeting!

Eight directors of a corporation are found dead in a pool on the top of an office building – apparently electrocuted without any electrical device or anyway a murderer could’ve gained access to the roof. 


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Invisible Safe (1967)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine May 1967

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Note: An invisible gem?

The police suspect that a notorious jewel thief stashed a precious stone in his hotel room, but turn up empty handed after a  thorough search, but Grey soon solves the puzzle.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Two Thieves (1974)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Jun 1974

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Note: Another missing jewel story.

A jewel thief performs a vanishing trick with a valuable gem used as a stage prop, and Grey must again unravel the puzzle. 


CS GreyThe Scientist and theTime Bomb (1974)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
*****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Aug 1974

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Note: A very bizarre and unique story!

A letter arrives from a dead man, which reveals that he planted an untraceable time bomb in his former ancestral home with a fifteen year fuse – over fourteen years earlier!


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Platinum Chain (1974)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep 1974

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Another Grey search story

Grey must track down a platinum chain that has disappeared from a crime scene.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Exterminator (1974)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Nov 1974

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Note: Bars and bolts are not enough!

A nasty character is killed when a mysterious whiff of cyanide gas drifts into his securely locked and guarded apartment.


MSMM 01:75The Scientist and the Missing Pistol (1975)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Jan 1975

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1975

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1975

Note: Missing gun #2

Disappearance of the murder gun from a locked room containing only the murderer and his victim. Not included in the ‘complete collection’. It has been confirmed that this is not a reworking of ‘The Scientist and the Vanished Weapon’.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Stolen Rembrandt (1975)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Feb 1975

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Note: A well worn plot

Lt. Trask asks Grey’s help in locating another hidden object. This time a fence made a newly discovered sketch by Rembrandt disappear from a ship moments before he was apprehended.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Poisoner
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition.

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Note: New impossible crime #1

A man is poisoned in a restaurant and only the waiter had opportunity, but he is quite innocent and has no motive, leading to another impossible crime. One of three previously unpublished stories in this new collection published in 2009.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the Heavenly Alibi
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sep 1966

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Note: New impossible crime #2

Grey destroys a seemingly perfect photographic alibi. One of three previously unpublished stories in this new collection published in 2009.


CS GreyThe Scientist and the One-Word Clue
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey 
Collection: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Best Review
***

Available only in paperback edition. Individual stories also in copies of the original magazine of publication. In this case: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Feb 1975

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Note: Note: New (but not really) impossible crime #3

Trask asks Grey’s assistance in making sense out of the final scribbles of a murdered man. One of three previously unpublished stories in this new collection published in 2009.


MSMM 10:75The Scientist and The Impassible Gulf (1975)
Detective: Cyriack Skinner Grey
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Oct 1975

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, October 1975

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, October 1975

Note: Often incorrectly listed as just “The Impassable Gulf”

A dead body is found in the middle of a patch of soft ground, with no marks to show how it arrived in that location.


Dr. Joel Hoffman Series

Many Porges mystery fans consider the adventures of the ingenious pathologist, Dr. Joel Hoffman to be Porges’ finest work. Set on the California coast, these narratives follow the astute pathologist, employed at Pasteur Hospital, as he uses his keen mind to solve various locked-room mysteries, despite the presence of incompetent local coroners. Only five titles are listed by Robert Adey, and this is supported by Mike Grost, but perhaps more will emerge, as with the Grey stories, when the publishers finally get around to releasing: ‘No Killer Has Wings: The Casebook of Dr. Joel Hoffman’ (5)


Grave SuspicionsDead Drunk (1959)
Detective: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Collection: AHMM, December 1959

Best Review

****

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1959, or in Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology ‘Grave Suspicions’ #19 1984

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1959 

Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology #19 1984

Note: A case of chemical asphyxiation – how lovely!

Death by poisoning with that old WWI favourite, phosgene gas. while the victim is inside a locked room.


AHMM 01:60Horse Collar Homicide (1960)
Detective: Dr. Joel Hoffman 
Collection: AHMM, Jan 1960

Best Review

****

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January 1960, or the anthology, ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s Death Bag’

Anthology  Amazon.ca

Note: A tacky mystery?

A man is apparently killed by an invisible assassin while sticking his neck through a horse collar. Note: AHMM issue appears to be currently unavailable.


Impossible CrimesNo Killer Has Wings (1961)
Detective: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Collection: The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries (2006)

Best Review
*****

Available only in paperback or ebook anthology, or in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January 1961.

Book  eBook  Amazon.ca

Note: A classic unmarked beach scenario!

Hoffman is called in by Lt. Ader to find a hole in the seemingly iron clad case against his niece’s fiance, Larry. Colonel McCabe has been bludgeoned to death on the beach, and the murder weapon is Larry’s ebony cane, and only Larry and the victim made footprints in the unmarred sand. I consider this to be one of the very best of the sand or snow footprints impossible crime solutions.


AHMM 01:61A Puzzle in Sand (1961)
Detective: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Collection: AHMM, February 1961

Best Review
****

Available only in used editions of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 1961

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 1961

Note: And more sand!

A man is shot at close range, once again in the middle of a stretch of sand, and the only footprints do not  belong to the murderer.


AHMM 01:63Birds of One Feather (1963)
Detective: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Collection: AHMM, January 1963

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January 1963

Not currently available

Note: A very elusive item!

Death by cyanide with no apparent means of introducing the poison. This issue of AHMM is not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


Professor Ulysses Price Middlebie Series

Professor Ulysses Price Middlebie, a Professor Emeritus of the History and Philosophy of Science, has turned criminologist extraordinaire!  He regularly helps his friend, Sergeant Black, solve apparently impossible murders. (10)


AHMM 12:62These Daisies Told (1962)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: A.H. Presents: I am Curious (bloody); AHMM, December 1962

No Review

Available only in the Alfred Hitchcock anthology ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents: I am Curious (bloody)’ or Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, December 1962

Book 

Note: Disappearing bodies!

A woman’s body disappears from within a sealed and guarded room. The AHMM edition not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers


MSMM 01:63The Unguarded Path (1963)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Jan 1963

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1963

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Jan 1963

Note: Not an easy hit?

The attempted murder of a witness, inside a fortress house, by a mob hit man. 


AHMM 11:63The Missing Bow (1963)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collections: AHMM Nov 1963; Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Sampler Fall 1964

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine November 1963, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Sampler Fall 1964, both of which are extremely hard to find.

Not currently available

Note: A one armed archer?

The murder was committed with an arrow, but the apparent archer has only one arm, and the bow cannot be found at the crime scene. Neither of these titles is currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


hitchcock 1987:23Blood Will Tell (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: AHMM, February 1964; A.H. Anthology #23 1987

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine February 1964; and
Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology, A Brief Darkness, #23 1987

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘A Brief Darkness’ (Anthology #23) 

Note: Stealing blood?

Middlebie must obtain a blood sample from a suspect who refuses to co-operate – without his knowledge. AHMM, February 1964, not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


Art ImpossibleCoffee Break (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: Murder Impossible (1990) Jack Adrian & Bob Adey

Best Review
*****

Available in paperback and hardcover editions of Murder Impossible (1990), edited by Jack Adrian and Bob Adey; Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, July 1964; Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology #11 1982; Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Tales to Make You Quake & Quiver’

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Note: Suicide or murder?

Cyrus Denning, a 62 year old scientist, apparently poisoned himself with cyanide in a locked cabin which was under constant observation, but Sgt. Black’s instinct says that it was murder! One of Porges very best!


AHMM 08:64A Model Crime (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: AHMM, August 1964

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, August 1964

Not currently available

Note: Transistors… really?

Experimental transistors impossibly disappear from a secret research facility. Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine August 1964 not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


AHMM 10:64To Barbecue a White Elephant (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: AHMM, October 1964

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 1964

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 1964

Note: If you can’t sell it…

How did an arsonist start a fire inside a house six weeks after it was locked and barred?


AHMM 11:64The Puny Giant (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: AHMM, November 1964

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, November 1964

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, November 1964

Note: A heavy situation!

A woman is impossibly killed by repeated blows from a block of concrete that is too heavy to lift. 


AHMM 12:64The Symmetrical Murder (1964)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: AHMM, December 1964

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, December 1964

Not currently available

Note: No way up or down!

Death caused by the proverbial blunt instrument, the murder takes place on a locked and inaccessible roofed balcony. Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, December 1964 not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


87 precinct 05:75Fire for Peace (1975)
Detective: Professor Middlebie
Collection: Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Magazine, May 1975

No Review

Available only in Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine, May 1975

Not currently available

Note: An explosive situation!

An arsonist is starting fires in a high security chemical warfare weapons plant, Middlebie must figure out how he is bypassing all the security measures. 


Julian Morse Trowbridge Series

Once a child prodigy in mathematics, Julian Morse Trowbridge suffered a major breakdown and is now retired – providing him with plenty of time to help Captain Gregg solve impossible crimes. (4) 


girl uncle 04:67The Cunning Cashier (1967)
Detective: Trowbridge
Collection: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine April 1967

No Review

Available only in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, April 1967

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, April 1967

Note: $100,000 up in smoke?

The impossible disappearance of $100,000 from a house that no one had left!


MSMM 01:67The Missing Body (1967) 
Detective: Trowbridge
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1967

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1967

Not Currently available

Note: Where’s the body?

The impossible disappearance of a body from a guarded house and grounds. Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, January 1967, not currently available on Amazon or other other major sellers.


Fatal Attraction 83The Invisible Tomb (1967)
Detective: Trowbridge
Collection: AHMM, February 1967; A.H. Anthology #14 1983

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, February 1967; Alfred Hitchcock’s Anthology #14, Fatal Attractions, 1983; Alfred Hitchcock: Portals of Murder, 1988

Alfred Hitchcock’s Fatal Attractions (Anthology 14, Summer 1983) 

Note: There one moment… gone the next!

A woman disappears from a thoroughly searched and watched private house.


MSMM 04:67A Sticky Case (1967)
Detective: Trowbridge
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, April 1967

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, April 1967

Not currently available 

Note: Where’s the gun?

The disappearance of a murder gun from locked and guarded murder room. Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, April 1967, not currently available on Amazon or other major sellers.


Other Locked Room Stories (13)


tightrope 06:60The Unnatural Cause (1960)
Detective: Lt. Benn & Peter Loret, pathologist
Collection: Tightrope! June 1960

No Review

Available only in: Tightrope! June 1960 (magazine)

Not currently available

Note: A very elusive item – impossible to find?

A very hard to locate story. Robert Adey in Locked Room Murders: “Severe disability induced in an office under surveillance.”


MSMM 03:62First Degree Murder (1962)
Detective: Dr. Alfred Lewis, pathologist
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Mar 1962

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, March 1962

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, March 1962

Note: A reasonable alibi?

A man is shot to death, and the only other person in the vicinity claims he was three hours away on top of a mountain peak at he time of the murder – and has pictures to prove it!


EQMM 03:64The Unsolvable Crime (1964)
Detective: Captain Corbett (retired)
Collection: EQMM, March 1964

No Review

Available only in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March 1964

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March 1964

Note: Unsolvable theft?

A large quantity of powdered platinum disappears from a high security area, despite complete surveillance.


Devil & FlaggThe Devil Will Surely Come (1964) 
Detective: None
Collection: The Devil & Simon Flagg & Other Fantastic Tales 

Best Review
****

Available only in paperback edition, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, October 1963

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Note: …and we know this how?

The devil’s hoof prints are apparently found climbing a sheer castle wall.


EQMM 06:65The Indian Diamond Mystery (1965) 
Detective: Celery Green
Collection: EQMM, June 1965

No Review

Available only in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jun 1965

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 1965

Note: Celery Green is completely charming!

A fabulous diamond disappears from a guarded house under constant surveillance.


Murder on Video Tape (1966)
Detective: Capt. Glen Fraser
Collection: The Saint Mystery Magazine, March 1966

No Review

Available only in The Saint Mystery Magazine (UK), March 1966

Not currently available

Note: A 1966 high tech solution!

A performer is poisoned on stage in full view of the audience – and caught on tape! The Saint Mystery Magazine (UK), Mar 1966 is not currently available in any Amazon store or other major seller. Oddly, no cover image is available.


shell scott 03:66The Deadly Cherub (1966) 
Detectives: Sheriff Danny Brown & Lloyd Pearson, artist
Collection: Shell Scott Mystery Magazine, March 1966

No Review

Available only in Shell Scott Mystery Magazine, March 1966

Not currently available

Note: Child’s play?

A big hefty nan is strangled to death, but the fingerprints on his neck appear to belong to a child!


EQMM 06:66In Compartment 813 (1966) 
Detective: Arsene Dupin
Collection: EQMM, June 1966

No Review

Available only in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 1966

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 1966

Note: Arsene Lupin – Porges style!

Porges tries his hand at an Arsene Dupin story. A famous ruby impossibly disappears while under constant guard.


man uncle 01:67Breath of Suspicion (1967) 
Detective: George Fort Elgin
Collection: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, January 1967

No Review

Available only in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, January 1967

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, January 1967

Note: Two rubies in a row!

Just about the same basic plot as ‘In Compartment 813’, with George Elgin replacing Arsene Lupin!


AHMM 03:67The Bet (1967)
Detective: Ben Joyce
Collections: AHMM, March 1967; A.H. Sampler, Fall 1967

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, March 1967, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Sampler, Fall 1967 (var.2)

Not currently available

Note: Maybe the chain stretched?

The victim dies when he is hit in the head by a ten pound metal ball suspended on a chain in the middle of the room. Only problem is – he wasn’t within range of the ball! Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, March 1967, currently not available on Amazon or other major sellers.


EQMM 09:67The Murder of a Priest (1967) 
Detective: Lieutenant Selby
Collection: EQMM, September 1967

No Review

Available only in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, September 1967

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, September 1967

Note: Dying to escape this mortal coil? 

A prisoner is murdered inside a locked and guarded prison cell.


MSMM 07:68The Silent Death (1968) 
Detective: Sheriff Gunter
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, July 1968

No Review

Available only in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, July 1968

Not currently available

Note: A family affair?

A family of twelve are found dead in their beds – cause of death unknown!


Shrouds PocketsLost Gun (1971)
Detective: Chester Payne Middleton
Collection: AHMM, May 1971; A.H. Shrouds & Pockets, 1988

No Review

Available only in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May 1971; Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Shrouds & Pockets’ Anthology #26, 1988

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Note: Maybe the gun went up in smoke?

A death by shooting, but the pistol has impossibly disappeared.


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