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Do you love playing the board game Clue, in which you have to solve a murder that happens while the suspects and victim are in one confined location? Or escape rooms where you must solve riddles and find clues to unlock the room before a timer goes off?
Both of these fun games embody the concept of locked room mystery books! The trope rose to popularity in the 1930s, with authors like Agatha Cristie and John Dickson Carr putting together books that keep you guessing as you solve impossible crimes alongside the characters.
Almost 100 years later, these locked room mysteries remain popular, with contemporary authors like Lucy Foley embracing the genre. So whether the setting is a moving train or a remote island, put on your detective hat and pick up one of these books to see if you can solve the case!
We selected a range of classics and new releases, making this a great primer of the best locked room mystery novels of all time!
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