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Edward D. Hoch: More Locked Room


Edward D. HochEdward Dentinger Hoch (1930 – 2008) was an American writer of detective fiction. Although he wrote several novels, he was primarily known for his vast output of over 950 short stories. Hoch is the leading contemporary writer of true puzzle plot mysteries. He was also one of the greatest anthologizers of the locked room and impossible crime sub-genre, as well as the one who initiated the production of the top locked room mysteries list.

Hoch was born in Rochester, New York, and began writing in the 1950s; his first story appeared in 1955 in ‘Famous Detective Stories’ and was followed by stories in ‘The Saint Mystery Magazine’. In January 1962, he began appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, then in December 1962 he kicked off his most successful collaboration, with the appearance of his first story in ‘Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’. In the years since, EQMM has published over 450 of Hoch’s stories, roughly half of his total output. In May 1973 EQMM began publishing a new Hoch story in every monthly issue; as of May 2007 the author had gone an astonishing 34 years without missing a single issue.

Other magazines Hoch wrote for included ‘Adventure’, ‘Double-Action Detective’, ‘Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine’, ‘Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine’, The Magazine of Horror and Web Detective Stories.

Hoch was a master of the classic detective story, emphasizing mystery and deduction rather than suspense and fast action; EQMM has called him “The King of the Classical Whodunit.” His stories are very well written and are usually tightly plotted puzzles, with carefully and fairly presented clues, both physical and psychological. He was particularly partial to “impossible crime” tales, where to all appearances the crime (usually a murder) could not have been committed at all; he invented numerous variants on the locked room mystery popularized by John Dickson Carr and others. For instance, in “The Second Problem of the Covered Bridge”, a man is shot at close range while alone on a covered bridge, as crowds of witnesses watch both ends of the bridge. Hoch cited Graham Greene, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen and Jorge Luis Borges as influences on his fiction.

Hoch also published magazine stories under the names “Stephen Dentinger”, “R. L. Stevens”, “Pat McMahon”, “Anthony Circus”, “Irwin Booth”, “R. E. Porter”, “Mr. X” and the House Name “Ellery Queen”. In many cases he also had a story under his own name in the same magazine issue. Hoch also wrote a novel published as Ellery Queen, under the supervision and editing of Manfred Lee, half of the writing partnership known as Ellery Queen.

In 2001 Hoch was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the first time a Grand Master was known primarily for short fiction rather than novels.

Hoch died at home in Rochester of a heart attack, aged 77.


Note: I fear that this is far from a complete list of Edward D. Hoch Locked Room Stories, even with the Dr. Sam Hawthorne  series on two additional pages. With a majority of Hoch’s 950 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!


Edward D. Hoch: More Locked Room Stories


The Simon Ark Stories


Simon Ark appears to be a normal man in his sixties, but is actually a 2000 year old Coptic priest who has spent his life chasing Satan and looking for a fight!


City BrassThe Hoofs of Satan (1956)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: City of Brass

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Guess who’s coming to town?

‘The Hoofs of Satan’ is the only Simon Ark story set in England and told in the third person. Ark meets Chief Inspector Ashly of Scotland Yard who has been sent to investigate a set of one-legged hoofprints in the snow. The town’s mayor thinks it will bring visitors, while Ashly is worried about a secret government facility, and Ark hopes he’ll finally get his showdown with Satan. Unfortunately, for Ark, the prints have a logical explanation that is rooted in the town’s dark past. 

Collection also includes:

City of Brass
The Vicar of Hell


Judge HadesThe Witch is Dead (1956)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: The Judge of Hades & other Simon Ark Stories

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Witch casts a spell on female college students

In a small town in Westchester County, New York, a self-proclaimed witch casts a spell on a group of female college students. “Before the next moon has come, your school will be a campus for the dead.” Then this chain smoking alcoholic crystal ball gazer becomes a spontaneous human torch. It is all about revenge – and before long several of the girls are slowly wasting away! 

Collection also includes:

Village of The Dead
The Hour of None
Sword for a Sinner
The Judge of Hades


Simon ArkThe Man from Nowhere (1956)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: The Quests of Simon Ark

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Satan maybe?

Douglas Zadig, as in the true story of Kasper Hauser, claims to have no memory of the past, but has become a popular minor prophet, pushing Zoroastrian teachings that have captured Ark’s attention! Zadig is also on the receiving end of a strange series of supernatural attacks, which finally culminate in his being stabbed to death while completely alone in the middle of a snow covered field – with witnesses watching the entire incident. Of course, suicide was quite impossible.

Collection also includes:

Village of The Dead
The Man from Nowhere
The Vicar of Hell
The Judge of Hades
Swords for a Sinner
The Treasure of Jack The Ripper
The Mummy from The Sea
The Unicorn’s Daughter
The Witch of Park Avenue


LR puzzlesDay of The Wizard (1963)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Locked Room Puzzles (Anthology)

 

Best Review
*****

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Note: A nod to the King of Locked Room?

Simon Ark must solve the mystery of a wrecked plane in the middle of the desert, with a strange cargo, including an enigmatic magician and a drugged blonde. This is one of Hoch’s most Carr like stories, with multiple impossibilities, set as a spy tale in North East Africa. 

Go to Anthologies page to view the contents of this collection.


EQMM 10:79The Avenger from Outer Space (1979)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Oct 1979

 

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EQMM, October 1979

Note: A shocking interstellar mystery?

Russian and American astronauts are murdered by bolts of lightning. A serial killer makes a carefully planned series of murders look like the work of a lunatic by electrocuting his victims.


EQMM 04:80The Weapon out of The Past (1980)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Apr 1980

 

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EQMM, April 1980

Note: Time travelling knives?

A man is murderer while completely alone inside a room, by a knife that once disappeared in mid flight – 200 years earlier!


EQMM 08:80The Sorceress of the Sea (1980)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Aug 1980

 

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EQMM August, 1980

Note: Amphibian witch?

A sorceress appears to rise from the depths of the ocean, but Simon Ark is waiting!


Simon ArkThe Witch of Park Avenue (1982)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection

 

Best Review
****

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Note: The final exit!

A man stuck inside a revolving door is killed by poison, attracting the attention of Simon Ark.

See ‘The Man from Nowhere’ for list of contents.


espionage 10:85Prisoner of Zerfall (1985)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Espionage Magazine, Nov 1985

 

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Espionage Nov 1985

Note: Impossible escape!

An elderly prisoner impossibly disappears from the high security exercise yard of a prison while completely alone.


StalkersThe Stalker of Souls (1989)
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror, Robert R McCammon

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****

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Note: Phantom assassin?

A man who is about to be murdered clearly hears the echoing footsteps of his assassin, even though the killer remains completely invisible. 


mistletoe mysteriesThe Touch of Kolyada (1989) 
Detective: Simon Ark
Collection: Mistletoe Mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod

 

Best Review
****

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Note: A deadly Miss Claus?

Kolyada is a female, Russian style, Santa Claus, hidden behind an ornate mask and a beautiful white cape, who enters houses and leaves gifts for the children. Simon Ark  becomes interested when Kolyada also leaves behind the frozen body of a teacher who touched her cheek.


Captain Leopold Stories


Captain Jules Leopold is a police detective, the head of the Violent Crimes Squad of the police department of an unnamed city in Connecticut. Along with his colleagues Lieutenant Fletcher and Sergeant Connie Trent, he is one of Hoch’s most conventional characters. The Leopold stories are police procedurals on the surface, showing the interaction of the officers as they investigate crimes, but the crimes themselves are frequently unusual and reflect Hoch’s skill at plotting and placement of clues. Source: Wikipedia


Leopolds WayThe Oblong Room (1967)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Leopold’s Way

 

Best Review
*****

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Note: The long goodbye?

Captain Leopold investigates an open and shut case of murder in a college dorm. Ralph Rollings has been stabbed to death, and his roommate, Tom McBern, had been locked in with the dead man for 24 hours, but he is not talking. The case against the roomy seems air tight, in fact only one thing is missing – a motive! This story is meant as a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, comparing the small college dorm room to Poe’s ‘The Oblong Box’ – a coffin like tomb aboard a ship. 

Included in Leopold’s Way:
Circus
Death in the Harbor
A Place for Bleeding
Reunion
The House by the Ferris
The Oblong Room
The Vanishing of Velma
The Rainy-Day Bandit
The Athanasia League
End of the Day
Christmas Is for Cops
The Jersey Devil
The Leopold Locked Room
A Melee of Diamonds
Captain Leopold Plays a Hunch
Captain Leopold and the Ghost-Killer
Captain Leopold Goes Home
No Crime for Captain Leopold
The Most Dangerous Man Alive


Leopolds WayThe Vanishing of Velma (1969)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Leopold’s Way

 

Best Review
****

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Note: What goes up must come down?

A girl disappears off a ferris wheel in the middle of the ride, leaving Leopold to explain a set of impossible facts.


AHMM 11:70Bag of Tricks (1970)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Nov 1970

 

Best Review
****

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AHMM, November 1970

Note: A magical night turns into an impossible murder

With his cousin, Sarah, Leopold attends a magician’s performance at the Tiller Club. It is a great performance, until one of the audience mysteriously collapses and dies.


Leopolds WayThe Leopold Locked Room (1971)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Leopold’s Way

 

Best Review
*****

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Note: Leopold the suspect

A murder is committed right in front of Leopold, inside a locked room, then he is framed for the crime. Leopold must solve another impossible crime, with his own freedom clearly on the line.


Leopolds WayA Melee of Diamonds (1972)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Leopold’s Way

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Missing diamonds!

In the middle of a smash and grab, the policeman is knocked to the pavement, but a concerned citizen pursues and catches the thief. Unfortunately, for Leopold, $58,000 in diamonds still gets away! Captain Leopold searches every possible place, but nothing falls into place until he buys a can of coffee.


Leopolds WayCaptain Leopold & The Ghost Killer (1974)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Leopold’s Way

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Double death?

Witnesses see a man committing a crime, during which he ends up dead. Yet, the investigation later indicates that he was alive after this apparent demise.


Art ImpossibleCaptain Leopold & The Impossible Murder (1976)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Murder Impossible, by Jack Adrian & Robert Adey

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*****

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Note: The traffic was simply murder!

An excellent impossible puzzle story, involving a missing weapon and a man found strangled to death inside his car during a major traffic jam.

Go to Anthologies page to view the contents of this collection.


EQMM 07:79Captain Leopold & The Vanishing Man (1979)
Detective: Captain Leopold
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 1979

 

Best Review
****

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EQMM July, 1979

Note: Disappearing flashy dressers!

The sudden disappearance of two men wearing very noticeable clothing, one from inside a coffee shop, the other from inside a police station, creates a major problem for Captain Leopold.  


The Nick Velvet Stories


Nick Velvet is a professional thief for hire, with a peculiar specialty: for a flat fee, he steals only objects of negligible apparent value. Since his first appearance in EQMM in September 1966, he has stolen such things as an old spiderweb (which he was then obliged to replace), a day-old newspaper, and a used teabag. His original fee for a theft was $20,000, raised to $25,000 in 1980, and the more impossible the theft the better! Source: edited from Wikipedia


Thefts VelvetThe Theft from the Empty Room (1972)
Detective: Nick Velvet
Collection: The Thefts of Nick Velvet

 

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****

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Note: Nothing minus nothing is still nothing!

The title pretty well says it all. Nick is contracted to steal something from an apparently empty room. An impossible job?

Included in ‘The Thefts of Nick Velvet’
The Theft of the Clouded Tiger
The Theft from the Onyx Pool
The Theft of the Toy Mouse
The Theft of the Meager Beavers
The Theft of the Silver Lake Serpent
The Theft of the Seven Ravens
The Theft of the Mafia Cat
The Theft from the Empty Room
The Theft of the Crystal Crown
The Theft of the Circus Poster
The Theft of Nick Velvet
The Theft of the General’s Trash
The Theft of the Bermuda Penny


Thefts VelvetThe Theft of the Bermuda Penny (1975)
Detective: Nick Velvet
Collection: The Thefts of Nick Velvet

 

Best Review
****

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Note: Two thefts for the price of one!

Nick is contracted to steal a Bermuda Penny that is a marker for an old gambling debt, but the job gets complicated when the guy with the penny disappears from the back seat of a moving car, without even unbuckling his seat belt! To make matters worse, his client then loses an identical penny, and Nick is called on to do a double heist! 


Velvet TouchThe Theft of the Venetian Window (1975)
Detective: Nick Velvet
Collection: The Velvet Touch

 

Best Review
****

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Note: A classic locked room tale!

A man gets his throat slit while inside a locked room, which makes Nick’s job of purloining a venetian blind far more complicated.

The Velvet Touch includes:

The Ventures of Nick Velvet.
The Theft of the Venetian Window
The Theft of the Sherlockian Slipper
The Theft of Nothing at all
The Theft of the Four of Spades
The Theft of Cinderella’s Slipper
The Theft of Gloria’s Ghost
The Wiles of the White Queen & The theft of the White Queen’s Menu
The Theft of the Overdue Library Nook
The Theft of the Cardboard Castle
The Theft of the Faded Flag
The Theft of Leopold’s Badge
The Theft of the Bald Man’s Comb
The Theft of the Snake Charmer’s Basket
The Theft of the Birthday Candles


Velvet TouchThe Theft of the White Queen’s Menu (1983)
Detective: Nick Velvet
Collection: The Velvet Touch

 

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****

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Note: Too many things are disappearing! 

Disappearing things are getting all too common! An entire room of furniture disappears in a few seconds, a roulette wheel is plucked from the middle of a busy casino, and a menu is all but snatched out of the fingers of a hungry restaurant customer!


The Sir Gideon Parrot Stories


Sir Gideon Parrot (pronounced parroe) is Hoch’s humorous tribute to the detectives of the Golden Age of mystery fiction, particularly Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and John Dickson Carr’s Dr. Gideon Fell. These stories are gentle parodies of classic mystery devices, the ones so overused they have become cliches. Source: Wikipedia


EQMM 05:81Lady of The Impossible (1981)
Detective: Sir Gideon Parrot
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May 1981

 

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EQMM, May 1981

Note: The old trick – a mysterious disappearance from a sealed room!

A woman disappears from a locked bedroom just after witnesses heard her scream for help, followed by the sound of breaking glass.


EQMM 07:82The Flying Fiend (1982)
Detective: Sir Gideon Parrot
Collection: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Mid-July 1982

 

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EQMM Mid-July 1982

Note: The old trick – no footprints in the sand!

A series of murders occur where the victims all die by getting their throats slashed, and are then later found in the middle of a patch of unmarked sand.


The Rand Spy Stories


Jeffery (sometimes Jeffrey) Rand is a code and cipher expert, formerly with the Department of Concealed Communications of British intelligence. The Rand stories take place in exotic locations around the world, and frequently feature secret messages or codes. After he left Concealed Communications, many of his stories involved his half-Egyptian, half-Scots wife, Lella Gaad, who Rand met in “The Spy and The Nile Mermaid”. Rand met another Hoch character, Michael Vlado, in “The Spy and the Gypsy”.  Source: Wikipedia


EQMM 11:66The Spy Who Walked Through Walls (1966)
Detective: Jeffery Rand
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov 1966

 

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EQMM, Nov 1966

Note: Lost secrets…

Rand deals with the theft of top secret blueprints from a high security office under constant surveillance.


EQMM 11:80The Spy and the Snowman (1980)
Detective: Jeffery Rand
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov 1980

 

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EQMM, Nov 1980

Note: …and lost spies!

A man impossibly disappears into a fake snowman, with only a single set of footprints crossing the untouched snow.


Other Locked Room Stories


Night FriendThe Long Way Down (1965)
Detective: McLove
Collection: The Night My Friend

 

Best Review
*****

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Note: The Big Jump

On the morning of the merger, fog shrouds the offices of Jupiter Steel. On the twenty-first floor, the board of directors gathers to follow the commands of Billy Calm, an unequaled titan of finance. But a few minutes before the meeting, Calm jumps out a window. The chief of security rushes to the street, but where there should be a body, he sees only slush; Billy Calm has vanished into the fog


Night PeopleThe Impossible ‘Impossible Crime’ (1968)
Detective: Henry Bowfort
Collection: Night People & Other Stories

 

No Review
*****

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Note: Double impossibility?

Henry Bowfort, a snowplow driver,  shared his remote abode in northern Canada with Charles Fuller, a geologist researching the permafrost. Living 200 miles away from the nearest settlement may have its advantages, but it sure doesn’t look good when one of the only two people in this isolated area is murdered. 


Death Locked InThe Magic Bullet (1969)
Detective: Harry Ponder
Collection: Death Locked In, by Robert Adey, Douglas Greene

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*****

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Note: Not your normal JFK style magic bullet!

Alone, inside a bulletproof car crossing a bridge, an ambassador is shot in the head, leaving no powder burns or any trace of a weapon. It must have been a “magic bullet”.

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EQMM 01:69Whodunit: Murder Offstage (1969) 
Detective: Paul Drayer
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jan 1969

 

Best Review
****

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EQMM, Jan 1969

Note: Murder of a blackmailer turns into a Whodunit

Moonlight Detective review: “Murder Offstage” is a Whodunit in the guise of an inverted detective story as the cast/crew of the critically acclaimed Morning Five are plotting the murder of Leonardo Flood, who has been blackmailing them with a collection of negatives of embarrassing photographs. They hatch a plan, however, the person who was supposed to snuff Flood only dims his lights for a few moments and turns up empty handed after searching the apartment top-to-bottom, but one of them went back to finish the job. But who?

The subplot of a missing, hard-to-find object was a nice nod to Ellery Queen and gave the story shades of the locked room mystery, but I think Hoch wanted to be sure we sympathized with the murderer by going for a darker ending than you would expect from a story about a murdered blackmailer. If you bump off a blackmailer in a GAD story, a bored police constable will, for the briefest of moments, allow himself to be distracted from his paperwork to caution you not to clog the Thames with it before waving you away.


MSMM 06:69The Tomb at the Top of the Tree (1969)
Detective: George Gordon
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, June 1969

 

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MSMM, June 1969 (Ebay)

Note: Man-eating trees?

A man climbs all the way up to the top of a tree – then simply vanishes! Another Hoch story about man-eating trees. See Dr. Sam Hawthorne story: The Problem of The Old Oak Tree


MSMM 10:69Picnic at Midnight (1969)
Detective: Gaines
Collection: Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Oct 1969

 

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MSMM, Oct 1969

Note: Another Hoch impossible theft

Diamonds disappear from a securely locked and guarded room.


EQMM 11:73Interpol: The Case of The Modern Medusa (1973)
Detective: Sebastian Blue & Laura Charme
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov 1973 

 

No Review

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EQMM, Nov 1973

Note: Does Neptune have an alibi?

A man is impossibly stabbed to death, with a trident, while inside a room that is under constant observation.


EQMM 04:73Interpol: The Case of The Musical Bullet (1974)
Detective: Sebastian Blue & Laura Charme
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, April 1973

 

No Review

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EQMM, April 1973 (eBay)

Note: Musical bullets are the key!

A man is shot to death inside a plane that is just preparing to take-off, after undergoing a very thorough security search.


Sapphire MonkeyThe Stolen Sapphire (1978)
Detective: Tommy Preston
Collection: The Monkey’s Clue / The Stolen Sapphire

 

No Review

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Note: Kid stuff!

A sapphire disappears from a science fair. One of several works of juvenile fiction written by Edward D. Hoch.


The Locked Room Cipher (1980)
Detective: Ross Calendar
Collection: Uncollected?

No Review

Availablity?

Not found

Note: A True Mystery!

Robert Adey lists this title as a story in ‘Whodunit? Houdini?’, an anthology edited by Otto Penzler – but it is not in my copy, nor in any of the mystery magazines! The detective is listed as Ross Calendar, newspaper columnist, and it supposedly deals with a death by shooting inside a locked room, while observed on closed circuit camera. Closest Hoch title is the Sherlock Holmes title “The Adventure of The Cipher in the Sand”, which is not a locked room story! Help?


AHMM 12:81The Bad Samaritan (1981)
Detective: G.K. Chesterton
Collection: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Dec 1981

No Review
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AHMM, Dec 1981

Note:  Hoch’s reply to the circus challenge! 

G. K. Chesterton is resurrected as a detective, investigating the impossible disappearance of a circus after a man is attacked by a clown. This story was actually Hoch’s response to a Bill Pronzini challenge to make an entire circus disappear!

Also published as a supplement to Crippen & Lanru edition of ‘More Things Impossible”


Behind Closed Doors (1982)
Detective: Sgt Romano
Collection: Woman’s World, May 1982

No Review

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Not found

Note: Lost: One apartment!

A young woman goes away on a short trip, but when she returns home her flatmate is missing – along with her apartment!


EQMM 05:84The Vanished Steamboat (1984) 
Detective: Ben Snow, gunfighter
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May 1984

 

No Review

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EQMM, May 1984

Note: Gone in a puff of steam?

A large steamboat impossibly disappears from a short stretch of river. As far as I know this is the only locked room title in Hoch’s ‘Ben Snow series’, which features a gunfighter in the old west of the late 19th century. 


EQMM 12:84 midThe Invisible Intruder (1984)
Detective: Libby Knowles
Collection: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-Dec 1984

No Review

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Not currently available

Note: A classic locked room?

A classic case of a cut throat inside a locked and sealed room, featuring Libby Knowles, one of Hoch’s few female detectives.


Murder SacredThe Sweating Statue (1985)
Detective: Monsignor Thomas Xavier
Collection: Murder Most Sacred: Great Catholic Tales of Mystery and Suspense, edited by Edward D. Hoch

Best Review
****

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Note: The poignant story of a discounted miracle

A wooden religious statue works up a good sweat! Written for ‘Murder Most Sacred: Great Catholic Tales of Mystery and Suspense’, an anthology edited by Edward D. Hoch


The Terrier Recognition (1986)
Detective: Reynolds
Collection:Terrier Recognition Jigsaw puzzle

No Review

Available only as a jigsaw puzzle.

Jigsaw Puzzle

Note: One more solve the puzzle – solve the mystery!

Part of a long tradition of jigsaw puzzles that help the detective put the pieces together!


Hoch SherlockThe Return of the Speckled Band (1987) 
Detective: Sherlock Holmes
Collection: The Sherlock Holmes Stories of Edward D. Hoch

Best Review
****

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Note: The Speckled Band with a Hoch twist!

A reworking of the famous locked room Sherlock Holmes story, ‘The Speckled Band’. Five months after the events of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” Holmes and Watson return to Stoke Moran, after a frightened gypsy claims that the snake is loose again. Has the snake actually returned, or is the gypsy telling lies? This appears to be the only locked room case in Hoch’s Sherlock Holmes stories!


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